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Firefly Web Server Solution



A Complete Integrated Solution to Access Control, Time
and Attendance, Job Costing and Mining




















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Contents

Firefly Web Server........................................................................................................................................................ 1
1. Firefly Overview............................................................................................................................................... 3
1.1 Firefly an Integrated Solution ...................................................................................................................... 3
1.2 Firefly Applications In The Industry ............................................................................................................ 4
2. Firefly Mining Solution ..................................................................................................................................... 5
3. Firefly Enterprise Solution ............................................................................................................................... 7
4. Firefly Features ............................................................................................................................................... 7
4.1 Firefly Web Server ....................................................................................................................................... 7
4.2 Distributes and Consolidates ...................................................................................................................... 7
4.3 Firefly Terminal Keypad functions .............................................................................................................. 8
4.4 Firefly Terminal capabilities ......................................................................................................................... 8
4.5 Integral Biometrics ........................................................................................................................................ 8
4.6 Family Circle Feature .................................................................................................................................... 8
4.7 Firefly Host Servers ...................................................................................................................................... 8
4.8 Push Mode ..................................................................................................................................................... 9
4.9 Complete Low Cost package ....................................................................................................................... 9
5. Firefly Business Solution ................................................................................................................................. 9
6. Firefly Hardware ............................................................................................................................................ 10
6.1 Firefly Network Web Server ....................................................................................................................... 10
6.2 Firefly Consolidator Web Server ............................................................................................................... 11
6.3 Firefly Terminal ........................................................................................................................................... 12
6.4 Firefly Biometrics Options ......................................................................................................................... 12
6.5 Firefly Network suppressor ........................................................................................................................ 13
7. System Diagram .......................................................................................................................................... 14



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1. Firefly Web Server
1.1 Firefly an Integrated Solution
The Gensys Workforce Systems brand new Firefly range of Time and Access products includes one
of the most advanced functionality available. Reliability and affordability are key components for
allowing successful implementations at clients. Firefly is an all encompassing management solution
that has the ability to operate fully in an off-line situation. Firefly boasts improved communication
capabilities, constant power and network availability monitoring and is a web based solution which
incorporates biometrics.



Figure 1: Firefly an Integrated Solution
Access Control relates to the implementation of access systems management equipment,
software and procedures which include: shift control; gate control; visitor hosting; random
searches; parading; anti-passback; zoning; permanent and single free movements; movement
clocking during time frames; badge, area and access violation reports; evacuation and
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) policies and procedures.

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T&A Management relates to the implementation of T&A management equipment, software and
procedures which include: roster rules; shift rules; public holiday rules; call out rules; time editing;
time authorisation; payroll interface; time reporting; exception reporting.

Mining solutions relates to the implementation of specific mining software and procedures which
include: department/gang/occupation links; mining indicators i.e. surface/underground/dusty, level
numbers, lamp numbers, rescue kit numbers, Fulco allowances and tip attendance bonus
indicators; high risk areas; holes drilled; department/gang make up report; shaft clear report;
lamp/rescue kit details report; employee parading.

Job Costing relates to the implementation of system processing and process accounting
equipment and software.

1.2 Firefly Applications In The Industry

Biometric Verification - Biometrics reduces clocking fraud, unauthorized entry, stolen
cards, etc.

Video Recording System Interface - In a further attempt to reduce fraud and to record
events for record and disciplinary purposes an interface with a video recording system is
present as an integral part of the T&A system.

Sequencing -It is the only method that can be used to enforce the business rules and
conditions of employment that apply to the processing of employees, visitors and
contractors. Proper sequencing is also necessary to control the flow, maintain schedules
and ensure that the medical and legal constraints and requirements are applied.

Clocking Points - A person is programmed to have access to certain areas and to clock
for time at designated locations.

Employee Duty Rosters - Each employee is scheduled to work only predefined shifts
and on certain days in the week. The work rosters form an integral part of the HR and
T&A function.

Shaft Rosters - Most shafts or departments schedule the delivery and pick-up of
employees from the various levels in a mine or company

Employee Communication - At the service point the ID-badge is presented to a reader
terminal. This action triggers the retrieval of outstanding messages) from the T&A server
for the employee. The messages) is displayed and printed on an associated workstation.
When receipt is acknowledged the parade stop is removed and the person can
immediately proceed through the clocking point.

Health and Safety Various health and safety rules apply to various industries, the
system assists the company, mine or employee to adhere to this.

Permissions - apply in cases of special permission to access departments or areas.

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Random Searching - The random searching of employees may be carried out at certain
locations as part of the flow to and from the place of work

Dynamic Record Retrieval -Certain staff may work on more than the one site. Rules
and indicators will control the validity of the request as well as the duration that the
information will be kept at the requesting site.

Reports - Standard reports but special reports can be designed at a cost. All data can
be exported for own use.
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2. Firefly Mining Solution
The Firefly web server is a complete and comprehensive access, time, attendance, safety, employee
control and benefits solution for the mining and mineral industries. The Firefly web server is designed to
operate as a front end to a data processing or ERP host system. Web browsers provide direct access to
all Firefly functions. Reports may be offloaded directly into Excel. These reports assist with shift and shaft
clear, interrogations, parading, etc. The web facility enables the Firefly system to be an always available
substitute for a backend system as and where required.

The functions provided by the Firefly web server include:

The capture of clock transactions generated by access and time management events
The checking and sequencing of users as they move through the access and clocking points
Determine the function i.e. time or access at a specific time at a designated terminal depending
on the profile and previous sequences executed by the user
Stop a user from entering a place of work going on shift when required
Stop a user from exiting for communication or other reasons
Pre-warn a user of stops and parades pending
Display and scroll up to 4 parade type stop messages for on and off shift stops
Rapidly prints stops and parades on a slip printer when answered
Limits area access to authorized persons only
Controls access according to individual day and time schedules for shift and level control
Interface in real time to separate or Firefly controlled lamp and safety equipment systems
Controls the issue of rations and meals
Allows real time interrogation by any employee from the clock terminal into a back end data base
i.e. for accumulative overtime worked, leave due, etc.
Incorporates a (random) selection mechanism operating sophisticated entrapment devices i.e.
special turnstiles and multi door cubicles
Provides for employee routing using different paths to same areas i.e. officials and union men
Provide for different time clock locations i.e. normally surface or office bound employees going
underground. Time clocks become access clocks
Retrieve underground clock events automatically from Mifare cards
Supports integrated biometrics including fingerprint, geometry and vein recognition systems
Defined functions can be performed at any Firefly terminal by an employee, supervisor or security
supervisor. This includes employee and badge status, system status as well as controlled and
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audited supervisor functions for removing random selection, stop parades and many more
depending on the authorization profile
A comprehensive range of badges and tokens are supported including industry compliant
Mifare cards
Controls turnstiles, booths and other entrapment devices. Reports on movement completion,
movement abort and alarm on irregular use i.e. using a key.
Reports the absence of mains power at an access device and the condition of the back-up
batteries
Controls sophisticated access such as 3-door search cubicles and entrapment devices
Provides for user defined text on video outputs at designated terminals and cameras subject to
user defined triggers
Interface directly with methane test and calibration equipment
Synchronizes events on up to 300 networked Web Servers
Securely distributes host data received at any web server to an unlimited number of peers
Rewinds transactions to checkpoints in the event of host data loss
Fully implemented hot standby web servers
NO user programming required

The Firefly Web server feature provides in addition to the functions of any back end system the following
facilities:

Operator access to ALL Firefly features and data
Strict use rid/password/function implementation with forced renewal of passwords at defined
intervals.
Quick access to all information including system status, employee status, terminal and link
statuses, etc.
Functions are provided to insert or delete parades, apply free movements, changes to the
employee profile, visitor take on, badge exchanges, level and shift control, web enabled screen
clocking and many more.
Audit transactions are written for all updates and changes
A comprehensive report allows for shaft and shift clear. Parameters select various clock on times
to distinguish between shifts. This information can be directly accessed using Excel. Template
Excel spreadsheets are provided
Various reports for interrogation purposes and quick problem resolution are provided
Uses industry standard HTML accepted by all industry standard browsers across all operating
system platforms
PDA and web enabled cell phone access

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3. Firefly Enterprise Solution
The Firefly enterprise system distributes data generated by ERP host systems to an "unlimited" number of
peer Firefly systems at dispersed locations. Transactions captured by Firefly systems at dispersed
locations are consolidated for ERP system processing.

100% secure data transmission
Automatic restart and recovery in the event of link and power failures
Link, network and transfer statuses accessed by browsers
Data from the ERP system filtered and routed to nominated target destinations
Synchronizes data bases and drops obsolete records
Supports integrated fingerprint and geometry biometrics
High capacity - supports up to 65 000 users including biometrics templates
Efficient use of the IP bandwidth
Supports different date and time zones
An ideal low cost SAP real time front end time and access system


4. Firefly Features
4.1 Web Server

No additional external software is required to set up, maintain, run an access, time and job costing
system. System set up is quick and easy as pre-defined templates can be edited and applied. Any
existing entry on the user table can be recalled as a template and used to create new entries. All other
facilities including shift maintenance are included in the web server. User communication messages are
catered for. Access to web server updates are password and function protected. Users are therefore
restricted to their areas of responsibility for updates. Passwords can be defined to expire if not renewed.
Web enquiries and reports are provided. Audit transactions are written for all table updates. The reports
can directly be exported to Excel or any other program that can import and process web server tables.



4.2 Distributes and Consolidates

The Firefly system securely distributes data from a central enterpise HR system to an unlimited number of
Firefly Web Servers irrespective of their geographical locations. It collects transactions efficiently and
securely from all Firefly Web Servers for consolidation at a central location. This feature makes the Firefly
system the ideal front end solution choice for ERP systems such as SAP and SAP Time.


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4.3 Firefly Terminal Keypad functions

Firefly system hosts a magnitude of functions and enquiries that may be executed at the Firefly terminal.
This facility allows for processing at the point of action without moving to a PC back end system. The
functions that are permitted at a given terminal are defined in web accessible tables maintained by the
system administrator. An audit transaction is written when statuses are changed. The Firefly distinguishes
between 3 terminal user classifications. The normal user may use the keypad to clock on or off, capture
shop floor data, display his shift schedule, current status and forward a real time inquiry to the back end
host system. A supervisor may capture an event for a person not on the master table, remove or set
stops and messages applicable to a user, enable or disable schedules, bypass schedules once only for a
user, start or stop counting events, etc. A security supervisor may open or close barriers in the event of
an emergency, remove a random selection stop from a user, operate high security entrances that always
require supervisor presence, bypass pass back checks once, capture biometrics templates, etc.
Any Firefly terminal will display when requested the status of the system, IP addresses, host connection
status, number of persons occupying an area, number of entries on the master table, etc.

4.4 Firefly Terminal capabilities

The Firefly terminal operates as a plc. It controls turnstiles, doors, 2 or 3 door cubicles without the
requirement to use any third party electronics. It switches solenoids, latches, etc. directly. It senses
movement and only update on movement completion. The Firefly terminal senses, monitors and reports
mains failures and battery low or high conditions. It attaches a wide variety of badge readers including
read/write Mifare tags, bar code readers, CCD scanners, printers and serial devices.

4.5 Integral Biometrics

Fingerprint and geometry devices are supported as integral components of the Firefly system. An external
biometrics database is not required. Template take on is done on the Firefly system at a profiled terminal.
Distributions to other web servers are automatic.

4.6 Family Circle Feature

Firefly Web Servers feature the unique (Family Circle) invention that closely couples up to 300
Firefly Web Servers over an IP network. Each Web Server operates independently. Status changes are
automatically and securely passed along the (Family Circle) and are seamlessly applied when received.
Firefly systems with (Family Circle) mimic the controls present in centralized monolithic systems but
feature the endless flexibility and benefits of a dispersed design approach. Each Web Server and terminal
is uniquely profiled to process the requirements of the location where it operates. Changes in the statuses
and data that happen elsewhere in the family can selectively be applied at any other location within the
family.

4.7 Firefly Host Servers

Any Firefly web server may attach up to 8 logical host servers simultaneously. A "Host" is defined as
general purpose processor running Windows, UNIX , Linux etc. Defined TCP/IP sockets and data
streams facilitate the data transfer between the Web Server and the Host systems. The architecture of
the Firefly web server to host server interfaces allow for the construction of generic host servers. Header
data that describes the attributes of the web server, terminal as well as unique customer defined
processing switches are prefixed to every transaction. This invention provides the platform for designing
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fast 'faceless' hosts with limitless flexibility in adding, removing or changing terminals and/or Web
Servers.

4.8 Push Mode

Host TCP/IP connections operates in push mode. Data generated by the web server are pushed onto the
hosts resulting in fast and efficient transaction exchanges. The hosts are no longer required to
continuously poll the web server for transactions. It solves delays for real time queries generated by the
user.

4.9 Complete Low Cost package

All facilities are standard in the Firefly. The user can enable facilities and functions as the need arise
without incurring any additional cost.


5. Firefly Business Solution
The Firefly Business Solution helps you to improve the effectiveness and management of your business.
It is a tool that continuously controls, protects, collects data and reports on the important aspects of your
business, namely: - efficiency, productivity, personnel safety and assets. The low cost Firefly solution
ticks all the boxes in being your business companion of excellence.

Always available and not dependant on any PC, server or network.
Fully web friendly and browser enabled, accessible from anywhere and with anything that
browses the web.
Helps manage your staff through : Accurately records all clock punches - on/off and breaks;
Imposes shift schedule discipline at start and end of shift; Provides messaging and facilitates
employee communication; Records time and money spend on every job; Records machine time
and machine costs for jobs; Records idle and unproductive time; Employees may query time
status and shift schedules at the terminal; The Web clock punch facility records the working hours
of employees that are on the road; The Web Job clock punch facility records time spend on calls
and customer support activities; Counts and controls food and protective clothing issues to
employees; Enunciates shift start and end times, tea and lunch breaks.
Protects the safety of your staff and assets Integrated protection - not a separate system or
database; Movement sequencing increase control and reduces the risk of skipping a barrier;
Prompts video systems and imposes text on recording frames; Stops employee access on expiry
of permits and medical clearances; Protects unauthorized access for employee safety and asset
protection purposes.
Reports the information where and when you need it - Reports are requested and presented on
the web; View the results or import directly into Excel; Establish who is present, who is absent
and where the person is; Retrieve a clock card listing giving hours worked and shift hours; Import
into the Firefly Business Companion reporting tool to effect adjustments, calculate short time,
overtime, time worked on special days; View time spend on jobs and unproductive idle time View
a comprehensive audit and transaction log listing all activities including the reasons for rejections.


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Fully featured solution that grows with your enterprise from the start - Start with a single time
clock, add access control with turnstiles, add a shop floor terminal at production machines and
integrate branches in other locations across towns, provinces and countries; As and when your
business is ready it will integrate with your HR, Production or ERP systems as well as your
payroll.
A Modern system that incorporates the best of breed technology - Incorporates over 30 years of
application specific knowledge; All components are solid state and operate from low power 12
volt supplies; Low cost battery backup available; Small footprint system that may be used as a
portable solution; Incorporates a compliant web server with multiple browser access; Data is
secured from tamper, viruses and malicious access; Terminals used for data entry and clocking
can switch instantly on user command to online informational terminals providing personnel and
production information from the servers of the enterprise; The best of breed biometrics fingerprint,
hand and finger geometry options are integrated into the technology Incorporates the best
available card and token technologies.
A new solution with an excellent track record - The Firefly business companion is successfully
operating throughout one of the worlds largest gold producers, leading international base metal
conglomerates and many small to medium enterprises.
Full house packaged capability at the lowest price in the industry - All features are present in a
small single terminal system; You do not pay more for facilities when you expand your Standard
installation infrastructure.



6. Firefly Hardware
6.1 Firefly Network Web Server

Modern and state of the art terminal Web Server architecture in line with the current industry
recommendations for designing efficient terminal network systems
Attaches up to 32 Firefly terminals
Attaches to multiple Server Systems using TCP/IP
Features the (Family Circle) invention that links up to 300 Firefly peer Web Servers operating as
a single synchronized system within a TCP/IP network
Hosts an industry browser compatible web server that provides real time secure access to data
and comprehensive real time reports
Is an external web data source to Excel. A comprehensive set of work sheets and macros are
provided for sophisticated reporting
Produces web Time Card Reports
Features integral Job Clocking and Job Costing
Supports web Time and Job clocking Operates as a rugged stand alone system without the
support of any host system if required
Processes transactions generated by Firefly terminals locally
Pushes transactions to Servers for processing
Query server systems for additional data and/or to obtain authority to proceed with transactions in
real time
Selective online and/or local processing supports numerous types of transaction processing
application models
Direct online queries form terminals to a host system database is supported in all operating
modes
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Distributes and synchronizes changes made to tables by hosts i.e. SAP or the web to an
unlimited number of peer Web Servers
Consolidates transactions from an unlimited number of Web Servers for host processing i.e. SAP
time
Supports comprehensive messaging and stops to meet the communication, health and safety
requirements of industry and mining
Supports unique access and clock rosters for every table entry Features up to 44 000 Master
Employee Table entries for Access, Time and Biometrics Management Updates data tables in
real time to reflect the latest statuses
Buffers up to 65 000 transactions
Supports various types of Biometrics devices as Integral managed components of the Web
Server data tables and amongst members of the (Family Circle)
Audits Supervisor activities, abnormal usage and access device malfunctions Sequences and
synchronizes events and people movements within a Web Server and the (Family Circle)
Monitors the operating environment including external power and battery supplies in real time
Pushes statuses and alarms to an optional SNMP server Low 12vdc power consumption
architecture for continuous operation over extended periods using rechargeable batteries On
board lithium battery protects and secures all data tables and transactions when external power is
absent
Small footprint that is ideal for portable applications
Easy to install and replace
Fully featured Web Server that requires no user programming

6.2 Firefly Consolidator Web Server

This product consolidates transactions generated by up to 128 Firefly Web Servers. It becomes
the single point of entry into the customer host enterprise system i.e. SAP Consolidates
transactions generated by Firefly Web Servers continuously and securely in real time over an IP
network Provides the statuses of all attached Firefly Web Server and host connections in real
time to web browsers or host systems
Plug and play logic eliminate complicated configuration table set up Complete compatibility
between the direct Firefly Web Server host transaction interface and the Consolidator host
transaction interface. No changes to host transaction interfaces are required
Consolidator Firefly Web Servers may be cascaded to unlimited levels allowing for flexibility and
the efficient use of large geographical networks
Push mode transmission when transactions are available at Firefly Web Servers only uses
network bandwidth efficiently
Up to 32 000 transactions can be buffered waiting for the removal by the host system Data will
not be overwritten when the buffer is full
Host retrieval can be checkpoint allowing for transaction recovery in the event of host data loss
Data is protected by an on board battery
Uses the same hardware platform as the Firefly Web Server
A complete secure enterprise solution when used together with the Firefly Web Server Data
Distribution and Synchronization feature
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6.3 Firefly Terminal

Rugged general purpose online terminal that can be used for multiple applications
Designed to capture transactions using any combinations of the following inputs : Keypad
Badge/Token reader HID, Impro and Wiegand interface compatible decoders, Mifare
read/write badges and token support, Biometrics support, Auxiliary inputs attach barcode
scanners, scales, R/F tokens etc. Sensor inputs Outputs to Display, Beeper, Serial output devices
Mifare badge/token
Relays Drive outputs to activate solenoids, relays, lamps, etc.
Sense and report on changes of monitored external devices
Provide 'plc' functionality for access, traffic and other devices
Support badge and token recovery drops
Attaches biometrics devices : Firefly FingerMagic verifier Hand scanners HKII and
Handppunch, Firefly fingerprint identification and/or verification
Monitors external mains power and battery supplies
Rugged, durable steel enclosure
Low power consumption designed to operate using a 12vdc battery supply
Easy to install
Replacement by Supervisor or office staff
Optional package without keyboard, display and lamps for an Access only terminal environment

6.4 Firefly Biometrics Options

The following biometrics solutions are supported by the Firefly system. A user may select any
combination to satisfy the biometrics requirements.
Lumidigm technology is proven throughout the world. Lumidigm provides the access control to
the Disney theme parks. It was chosen by Disney for the ease of registration, consistency,
reliability, unobtrusive operation and user (public) acceptance. More than 40 million unique
fingerprint templates have been registered at Disney. Venus was benchmarked against some of
the most common fingerprint systems, including Sagem. The results show a quantum
improvement over all other sensors. Visit www.lumidigm.com to obtain more information.
The FireFly integration of the Lumidigm sensor features many advantages:
Fully compatible with the existing FireFly architecture. It operates identical to the FireFly Upek
solid state fingerprint reader.
The steel enclosure is designed for harsh environments.
Supervised enrolment at any reader. No special software, equipment, licences or dongles
required.
Two finger enrolments provide back-up and an alternate choice.
The FireFly implementation provides for the utmost flexibility. Selected users and visitors may be
excluded from biometrics verification on an individual basis.
The biometrics templates are stored in the FireFly Web Servers as integrated data elements.
Existing identification cards are retained. No additional IP network connectivity is required to
broadcast the templates to the readers.
The templates conform to the ANSI 378 standard. This means that templates can be shared by
other fingerprint devices including those incorporated into the keyboards of computers. The US
government legislates that all fingerprint devices must be 378 compliant when used for
governmental applications
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FingerMagic Finger Geometry reader
The FingerMagic was developed as a quality solution for harsh and demanding environments
catering for large workforces. The FingerMagic succeeds where other biometrics devices fail. The
field proven FingerMagic will verify the identity of persons without fingerprints, with dirty, bruised, wet
or dry hands, consistently and accurately. It is quick, simple, unobtrusive and easy to use, requiring
only the presentation of 2 fingers of either hand.

Fingerprint Biometrics
Fingerprint biometrics is the technology of choice for office and similar environments. The Firefly
implementation recognizes that different approaches may be needed to obtain the optimal fingerprint
biometrics implementation. The key attributes of the Firefly fingerprint solution are: A superior, quality
solution that only employs the best of breed An award winning template matching algorithm Supports
4 of the worlds best sensors types to meet user and environmental requirements Templates of
different sensors are compatible Identification and verification supported at the same terminal at the
same time

6.5 Firefly Network suppressor

The Firefly Network suppressor propagates and splits the RS422 link. This allows for the use of industry
standard UTP cables and cable terminators throughout a Firefly configuration.


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7. Systems Diagram