In June 2008, employees need not key in their employee number or swipe their identification cards in the barcode scanner before having their fingerprint scanned to log-in and log-out of the Institute.
With the new and improved ESTI Attendance Monitoring System (ESTI-AMS), all they have to do is place their finger on the scanner and the system will automatically search for their name and record the time they arrived and left.
The ESTI-AMS was first implemented in May 2006. Since then, Engr. David M. Zoleta Jr., the author of the said program, has done many ways to improve the system.
He plans to connect the Attendance Monitoring System to the ESTI Payroll System, which is also one of the ongoing projects of the Research and Development Department of ESTI. He is also working on the weaknesses of the existing system. One such weakness is that when an employee's fingerprint is scanned, the system conducts a linear search of the employe's records. The records are arranged in alphabetical order. As a result, an employee whose last name starts with Z has to wait for the computer to search over 50 employee records before finally coming to his own record.
The ESTI Attendance Monitoring System is the first and only one of its kind in the province of Marinduque. It replaces the traditional bundy clock system and uses biometric identification system for authentication purposes. This way, tampering of employee attendance records is virtually eliminated.