must be regarded as one of the most versatile and sophisticated
microprocessor time recorders to emerge out of the electronic
revolution. The system pre-dates the IBM PC although later models
were connected with personal computers by way of appropriate software.
system is fully compliant with year 2000 and rock solid in
operation. It uses a punched badge with optical reader and every
transaction can be recorded onto an in- built tally roll printer. It
sports full use battery backup, memory retention over months of
disconnection and fail safe period record printing so nothing can be lost.
calculation functions still surpass many PC based software packages
with both hourly paid and flexitime running within the same machine.
Remote and multiple terminal systems extended the flexibility of this
system together with attendance annunciation panels for reception use.
only restriction is that of memory as at the time of manufacture
memory chips were very expensive and so some constraints are evident.
The maximum number of staff using the master terminals is 200 with up
to 8-records per day per person. An employee name table is not
available for tally roll printing where record are listed by badge number.
manufacturers overcame the memory constraints by way of their own PC
software package, Data Express, that still runs in an MS/DOS (Windows
was discontinued in the mid 1990's in the wake of consecutive
take-overs of the Microtime business by owners who's interests were
diverted to other product areas.