Rwanda’s Engineers Develop e-Attendance Software


A group of young engineers from the Rwanda Information Technology Authority (RDB/RITA) have developed a new software that will help in the human resource management in the country.

The software called E-Attendance was designed to fundamentally transform personnel management in Rwanda, and will be used to ensure efficiency in both government and Private Sector institutions.

Nkubito Bakuramutsa, the Deputy CEO of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) in charge of ICT during the launch of the software, said that it had come at the right time.

"This computer software will allow easy and efficient control of attendance and punctuality of all employees in organisations. This is one of the most time consuming and costly overhead activities in many institutions," Bakuramutsa is quoted as saying in a RITA statement.

He further explained that the system would provide management with real time employee information and vital labour data. All this, he said, would reduce the hassle of manually processing piles of sometimes dusty paper reports.

Bakuramutsa also confirmed that RDB will be one of the first institutions to adopt the E-Attendance electronic system. Thereafter, countrywide deployment of the system in all Government and Private Sector institutions will kick off at a reasonable cost.

Created recently, RDB is an agency that was formed after merging several government controlled agencies in order to improve service delivery. Grace Gasani, the Project Team Leader, while addressing the media, explained the different features that come with the E-Attendance software.

"The solution includes more exciting features like a photographic ability to identify any person entering an organisation. This it does by identifying an image and comparing it to the one stored in the database, it then automatically registers the individual's attendance," Gasani explained.

She added that the system will also include optional access control. A process where by access to a door or gate is controlled by providing a terminal that has a programmable signal output which is activated with each valid card-swipe or PIN entry.

The New Times