Do Biometric Time Clocks Really Work?

Biometric Time ClocksWhen it comes to time clocks, the industry has really moved over the last decade from a traditional punch card to a variety of digital options. Some of the most popular digital time clocks include those with biometric finger scanners, proximity card readers and PIN keypads. The technology you use really depends on the business and preferences. The fastest growing segment is definitely biometrics (found here). One question I get a lot from customers is, “Do biometric time clocks really work?” I would like to answer this question.

Biometric time clocks come in a variety of designs. Initially Acroprint came out with some models that used your hand to log in and out of work. It used the size of your hand, not necessarily the print, to log you in and out of work. An example of this is the Acroprint Handpunch 1000 (found here). I’ve never really heard any complaints about that time clock, but the technology has moved towards more simplicity.

I would say about 90% of the biometric time clocks out there are finger readers, much like those produced by David-Link (found here), who is currently our most popular biometric time clock manufacturer. These time clocks use just one finger to log an employee in and out of work. Because our fingerprint is completely unique to an individual, this method is extremely popular. You can’t buddy punch (punch in on behalf of another person) with a biometric finger reader and fraud is dramatically cut down.

uAttend MN2000 Facial Recognition Time ClockThe latest development in biometric time clocks is facial recognition technology. As of this article we currently only offer one model with facial recognition technology. This is the uAttend MN2000 (found here). All you have to do with this clock is hold your face in front of the MN2000’s cameras and it will punch you in and out. I see this technology growing a lot over the next few years and it will probably overcome even fingerprint reader timeclocks. It is pretty impressive and the technology will only get better over the coming years.

At ABC Office we use a fingerprint reader, specifically the now discontinued PTI Time Trax Bio. This time clock has actually worked really well for us over the years. The downside is that it uses a swipe technology that requires you to slide your finger over a reader. While this usually works, it does sometimes require you to slide your finger a couple of times before it finally reads the finger. This is one of the biggest annoyances of fingerprint readers and biometric time clock readers in general.

Since the first “swipe” technology biometric readers came out, the technology has really grown and matured. Modern fingerprint readers now require that you simply touch the reader rather than swipe your finger. This has significantly improved the accuracy and misreads are now extremely uncommon. The older swipe style biometric readers were also affected by humidity and other environmental factors. These issues are also now fixed with the touch technology.

David-Link W-988PB Biometric Time ClockAs mentioned earlier, our David-Link models (found here) are our most popular biometric time clocks. These time clocks are just as affordable as our punch, proximity and PIN style time clocks. The David-Link time clocks include software that can be installed on a Windows OS computer where reports and data can be viewed. They also include a USB drive that can be used to take data off of the time clock where it can then be transferred to a computer. They also include the ability to be plugged into a computer network via an Ethernet cable directly to a computer via a USB cable. Data gathered from these time clocks can be exported into an Excel spreadsheet format that can then be imported into payroll software programs such as Quickbooks.

In conclusion, I would have to say that biometric time clocks in fact do work, and work quite well. If you don’t mind dealing with technology, I would recommend you consider using a biometric time clock hands down over anything else out there.

We have years of experience with time clocks, so please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. We would love to help you out.

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