Be it a Software Industry or Hardware Industry, wherever there is a considerable amount of workforce involved, Time and Attendance plays an important role. Especially, the automation of the time and attendance process. Its the Kronos Workforce Timekeeper that tops the list on the day of chequered flag. Lets see how Kronos does it ,..

Having known that Kronos Workforce Timekeeper is used for processing the time and attendance data of the workforce in an organization, Lets concentrate on the “Data Collection Manager” of kronos. DCM is a set of applications that enables the interaction between data collection devices or clocks and a host application like kronos workforce timekeeper.

DCM constitutes the

  • Communication Monitor,
  • Device Manager,
  • Device Work Rules,
  • Event Manager, and
  • Sentinel Service applications.

Communication Monitor: When an employee swipes in the access card to enter his/her workplace, the exact time is captured/collected in a collection device such as clocks, biometric devices,.. The collected information needs to reach the host application for further processing, If there is a data flow error or when a collection device is down, then we use the communication monitor to test device communications and its transactions.

Device Manager: is used to check the status of the collection devices and to configure the device firmware. Start and Stop services of the data collection devices is one of the frequently used features of the device manager during the configuration and re-initialization of the device.

Lets see more about pay rule, work rule, their associations and few interesting facts about event manager and sentinel service in the next post.

**DCM – Data Collection Manager
**DCD – Data Collection Devices

Posted by Pon ArunKumar Ramalingam
Comments (3)
June 9th, 2008

Comments (3)

Mark - June 18th, 2009

Hello, I get can anyone help me with the following DCM error message: DCM Event Manager "Error trying to add the 'test' event. Check the username and password for launching DCM events to ensure user has the required access rights" (03600133)

Pon ArunKumar Ramalingam - May 18th, 2009

It would be great if you could share in-depth details and also if you could elaborate more on each and every features of the DCM, the readers of the blog could make use of it. And with reference to your comment on the statement above, please refer the kronos delivered documents again.

Akhil - May 18th, 2009

"Start and Stop services of the data collection devices is one of the frequently used features of the device manager during the configuration and re-initialization of the device." I have never seen such an option for configuring or initializing a clock.I think you have misunderstood with initialize and update.

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