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EasyTime 3 – alpha test rig

Under development is an alpha test rig showing proof of concept – focusing on testing reader communications. The emphasis is on compatibility with existing  EasyTime single reader communications for both the current USB and the previous serial versions of the popular EasyTime swipe card reader.

EasyTime3 alpha test rig
EasyTime3 alpha test rig
EasyTime 3 alpha Settings Log All Data About
Settings, Log All Data & About.

Tested on Windows 7 (32/64 bit), 8.1 and 10, it auto-detects the USB bi-directional reader’s port and detects the type of reader for older bi-directional and display serial (RS232) readers.

The v2 COM1-COM4 restriction is removed.

The issue that some Vista,7,8 PCs had with the Windows usbser.sys driver for the USB reader is resolved by using .Net libraries.

Please note this is just an in-house test rig – its user interface may not necessarily be the same for the production release.

EasyTime

We’ve been commissioned by a long-established UK Time and Attendance company to design and develop a new version of their EasyTime product.

  EasyTime is a low-cost yet capable solution for the automation of employee attendance recording in offices, workshops and factories. It includes a swipe reader for recording arrivals and departures, a set of durable, plastic, credit-card sized employee ID badges and a simple yet effective Windows-based software package for recording and managing the attendance data.

Our first task is to analyse the existing product functionality as the new version is intended to be compatible with existing users of EasyTime and both the current USB and the previous serial versions of the popular bi-directional EasyTime swipe card reader.

The aim will be to produce a new Windows application, using the .NET environment, but which should run on most, if not all, of the current installed user base as well as new systems.

We are tasked with keeping the application’s install foot-print light but at the same time extensible for additional features in future versions.

This is an exciting commission for a popular, established real-world product.