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Do Biometric Time Clocks Really Work?

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

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.

Remotely Access Your Time Clock with the David-link W-1288PB

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

David-Link W-1288PB Biometric Time ClockBiometric time clocks are amazing devices. They are able to use your fingerprint to log in and out of work. We use one here at ABC Office. I never have to worry about losing a proximity card or an ID badge. I always have my finger with me. David-Link is by far our most popular manufacturer of biometric time clocks. These clocks are feature rich, very affordable and can be used for small or large businesses. So what do you do if you need to access time clock data and reports remotely? What you need is the David-Link W-1288PB (found here).

The W-1288PB is a biometric time clock that also offers the option of allowing employees to log in through the keypad or use a proximity card. The biometrics on the W-1288PB require that the employee only touch the scanner, not swipe their finger. This ensures better accuracy and means you won’t have to attempt multiple times before the machine recognizes your finger. It is a very smooth system. The W-1288PB also includes a battery backup in the event of a power outage.

I should also mention the W-1288PB includes David-Links time management software suite. This allows you to create reports, export data for use with payroll software and much more.

David Link Wiring & Setup Diagram

The W-1288PB can store up to 3,000 employee fingerprints and can hold up to 50,000 log records on the device itself. Data can be pulled off using an included USB flash drive, using an included USB cable or it can be connected to a computer or network via an Ethernet cable. The W-1288PB even allows for remote access. Here is how remote access works:

  1. Plug the David-Link time clock directly into network’s router or into the building’s hardwired network.
  2. Set up port forwarding in your router. This allows the router to connect the remote computer to the time clock. This involves setting up a port and the time clocks IP address in the router so that when the remote computer accesses your building’s IP address it will be forwarded to the appropriate device (in this case the time clock). Most router manufacturers will include instructions on how to set up port forwarding. The included David-Link software also includes some instructions.
  3. Install the David-Link software on the computer you want to remotely access the time clock.
  4. The software will ask you for your company’s Internet IP address.
  5. Once the IP address is entered, and assuming port forwarding has been set up correctly, you will be able to access the time clock remotely as if you were in your office building with the time clock.

Hopefully this helps. Once completed, the remotely connected computer is able to access the time clock and run reports as if you were in the building. It is a really nice system and gives the remotely connected computer a lot of power. Ultimately the David-Link W-1288PB is an amazing time clock. We sell these devices all the time and we rarely have any issues. The only issues that do pop up are technical setup questions and are usually easily resolved.

If you are looking for a biometric time clock with remote access capabilities, you should defiantly consider using the David-Link W-1288PB. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions or if you need to place an order or receive a quote. You can find our entire selection of time clocks here.

David-Link Time Clock Software & PDF Setup Manual

Monday, March 12th, 2012

David-Link Time ClocksDavid-Link time clocks (found here) are now some of the most popular employee time clocks used today. There are many reasons for this. To begin with, David-Link time clocks are extremely affordable and come packed with features. Many of their time clocks include biometric, proximity and keypad time logging features. In order to get the most out of our time clock, you will want to set up the software. Here are a few tips that will help you get your time clock up and going.

To begin with, you will need the David-Link software. If for any reason you do not have your software disc, you can download the basic version of David Link Time Management Software (DLTMS) directly from us:

Once you have your software installed, you will need to begin setting up employees and other features. David-Link has created a nice multi-page PDF manual that goes into great detail on how to set everything up. This is the PDF manual for David Link software:

The manual covers the following categories:

Setting Up and Employee Profile

  • When setting up your software, be sure that the employee enroll number in the software and the employee ID number on the device match up.
  • If necessary, check the days off that apply to each employee.
  • Assign an appropriate shift number for each employee. Shift numbers can be edited under the “Shift” setting option (advance only).

Shift Setting: Standard & Flexible

  • There are two types of shift settings available in the David-Link software. These are standard and flexible. Apply the setting that best suits your needs. The standard shift setting is recommended for employees that have fixed schedules. Flexible shift setting is recommended for most part-time employees.
  • If you are using the flexible shift setting and your employee works after midnight, check the box “Cut-Off” so the system can generate the correct report.

OT Authorization

  • You will first need to create an overtime code. You can do this under the “Employee Posting” tab.
  • Don’t forget to select all the employees that are permitted to work overtime.

Holiday Setting (Advance Only)

  • Legal and special holidays are required fields in order to generate the appropriate employee attendance report.

Leave Application (Advance Only)

  • This option is designed to permit and record employees who take days off on days other than holidays and weekends.
  • There are two steps to set up the leave application.
  • Assign a leave code and description to distinguish different types of leave.
  • When applying the leave option to your employee, don’t forget to choose the correct employee’s name.

Download

  • There are three ways to download and import data from your device to the David-Link Time Management Software.
  • Exporting data can be done via an Ethernet connection, a flash drive or a USB cable.

Virtual Timecard

  • Under the “Time Cards” option, you can view, add, delete and edit transactions for each employee.

Delete Timecard or Add / Edit Time Card

  • This software will allow you to add, delete and edit records under the “Time Cards” option.

Reports

  • Make sure your computer is connected with a printer in order to preview reports available in the software.
  • All reports can be exported to Microsoft Excel format (Advance Only)

There you go! Those are all the categories covered in the manual. Once you have the software figured out, you will discover just how powerful and user-friendly David-Link time clocks can be. We sell these time clocks every day and they have an excellent reputation with our customers. While this software and PDF manual are helpful, we understand that you may still have some questions. Please call us at 1-800-658-8788 with your David-Link time clock questions.

You can find our entire selection of David-Link time clocks by going here.

Overview of the David-Link W-988P Biometric / Proximity Time Clock

Monday, February 6th, 2012

David-Link W-988P Biometric / Proximity Time ClockMulti-function time clocks provide a versatile and effective way to keep track of employee time. These types of time clocks allow employers to determine the method they like most for employees to log in and out. These time clocks are typically digital and employee keypad, biometric and proximity time clock interfaces. One such time clock is the David-Link W-988P.

David-Link is a leading manufacturer of digital time clocks. Their lineup includes biometric and proximity time clocks as well as traditional punch style time clocks and watchman clocks. These time clocks are best known for their incredibly low retail price and rich list of features. You can find our entire selection of David-Link time clocks here.

The David-Link W-988P is a multi-function time clock. It has a digital keypad on the front of the clock, a biometric finger scanner and includes a proximity card sensor. These three methods of recording employee time are very popular and have surpassed the popularity of traditional punch style time clocks.

Here are a few details on each of the three time clock recording methods:

  • Keypad – An employee can enter a pin number at the clock. When this number is entered, the time clock records that employee as being logged in and the clock begins to record time worked. The same number is used to log the employee out of the system.
  • Biometric Finger Scanner – An employee is entered into the system by means of their finger. Their finger can then be used to punch in and out of work. Biometric time clocks are especially popular right now because they eliminate a lot of fraud, such as buddy punching, and there is no need to worry about lost badges or forgotten pin codes.
  • Proximity Card – Proximity cards, often incorporated into ID badges, log the employee in and out of work when they are held up to the time clock. The time clock will acknowledge an employee is logged in by means of visual or audible (often both) verification.

The David-Link W-988P allows the employer to set up the time clock to use any one of these login methods or a combination of all three. Setting up the time clock is seamless. The LCD display makes navigation easy and data is clearly displayed during the login and logout process.

Logged data can be accessed several different ways:

  • An administrator can access data directly from the W-988P terminal.
  • Data can be exported to a USB drive for transfer to a computer.
  • Data can be accessed via a USB cable.
  • Data can be accessed via an Ethernet network over an LAN / WAN.

Here is a connection diagram from the W-988P:

David-Link W-988P Connection Diagram

The W-988P includes time management software that makes it easy to run reports and view data. This data can then be exported into an Excel format for use with other payroll programs. Many people ask if this time clock is compatible with Quickbooks and other payroll software. In an effort to save money on licensing costs, the W-988P software does not export data in a Quickbooks format. It does, however, export data in an Excel format that can be imported by Quickbooks. You could say that it is indirectly compatible with Quickbooks.

What does the W-988P include? It includes:

  • The W-988P time clock
  • Time management software
  • USB flash drive
  • Proximity cards
  • USB cable
  • A power adapter

It also features a one-year warranty and lifetime technical support. At $295, this is probably one of the best deals available right now for a time clock that has keypad, proximity and biometric time logging capabilities. We have been selling David-Link time clocks, including the W-988P, and have had great luck with them. Our customers love them and we consider them to be reliable devices.

The W-988P can be used on a desk or table, but is probably best mounted on a wall for easy access. The W-988P itself can store up to 3,000 different fingerprints, can be used with up to 3,000 employees and can hold up to 60,000 logs. It is a very versatile time clock and can easily be used by small or larger businesses.

You can fined the David-Link W-988P on our site here and our entire selection of David-Link time clocks here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any technical questions, for a quote or to place an order.

David-Link W-988 Biometric Time & Attendance System Review

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

David-Link W-988 Biometric Time ClockDo you need a reliable time clock for your office, school or organization? One style of time clock you may want to consider using is a model that utilizes biometric technology. Biometric time clocks are accurate, easy to use and cut down on a lot of fraud. One great model I recommend you look at is the David-Link W-988 biometric time clock (found here). This is my review!

David-Link is relatively new to the time clock industry. I personally have a lot of experience with Acroprint, Pyramid Technologies (PTI) and others. Having used David-Link time clocks myself, I have to say that they are up to par with the more “experienced” time clock manufacturers.

The W-988 time clock, from David-Link, is available in three different versions. The first version, which I am reviewing, handles biometric time attendance only. The next step up is the W-988P, which handles biometric time attendance along with a proximity card option. The next model up, the W-988PB, can hand biometric and proximity attendance, which also includes a battery backup. All three models are identical in design and quality.

Many time clock systems are designed for an entry-level amount of employees (often 50-100), requiring that you upgrade the system to add more employees. This is not the case with the David-Link W-988. This biometric time clock can store up to 300 employees, making it ideal for use with small and larger businesses alike.

Many customers ask me if this time clock has to be used with a computer. The answer to that is no. It can be used while connected to a computer via an Ethernet network connection (TCP/IP) or it can be used completely independent. It can also be connected directly to a computer via a USB cable.

If you are using the W-988 independent of a computer system, you can use the included USB storage drive to export the data from the time clock and import it to a computer. The built-in storage on the W-988 can hold up to 60,000 Logs and up to 3,000 fingerprints.

The W-988 includes the David-Link Time Management Software (DLTMS). This software makes it easy to view a variety of different reports and can be used for HR or payroll purposes. This software is very sophisticated and perfect for most business time clock purposes. The DLTMS software can export data in Excel and Text (txt.) formats.

The digital display screen is monochrome, yet very easy to see. It displays the time, date and other important information. The menu system on the W-988 is extremely easy to navigate.

My personal favorite feature on the W-988 is the biometric reader itself. I have used many biometric time clocks, many of which require that you slide your finger. The “finger slide” biometric readers can be very frustrating as they often require multiple attempts to be read correctly.

The W-988 has a finger scanner that only requires you to touch the surface. I have yet to experience a misread with a David-Link biometric scanner. It is very easy to use and the green glow gives it a very modern look, almost like something from a sci-fi movie.

Overall, especially considering the affordable price, I consider the David-Link W-988 to be a great little system. It is easy to use, feature rich and accurate. I really like that it can be used by both small and large businesses alike.

You can find the David-Link W-988 biometric time clock here and our entire selection of time attendance products here.

David-Link K-6300 / K-6200 Digital Watchman’s Clock Review

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

David-Link K-6300 & K-6200 Digital Watchman Clock / Security Guard Tour SystemDoes your business or organization employ security guards that need to make specific rounds around a building or property? One of the most popular and common ways to keep tabs on these guards and ensure they are making their rounds is by using what’s commonly known as a watchman’s clock or a security guard tour system. One great model you should seriously consider is the David-Link K-6300 (found here) or K-6200 watchman guard tour system (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, both the K-6300 and K-6200 systems are very affordable, easy to set up and are tamper proof. Very little set up is required. The only difference between the K-6300 and K-6200 is that the K-6300 includes a built-in LED flashlight.

First of all, stations are set up around a property or building. The K-6300 and K-6200 include 5 stations. These watchman’s stations can easily be mounted to a wall. This David-Link watchman’s system also includes watchman’s clock management software, a USB cable, battery, battery charger and a manual.

The security guard carries a baton-like reader that is very similar in size and design to a small flashlight. As the security guard makes their rounds, this reader is held up to the station. The reader syncs up with the station wirelessly and records time and date information. This data can then be pulled off and read using the included watchman’s software.

Data stored on the reader cannot be manipulated or tampered with. The reader is also capable of storing up to 7,000 events. This data is stored digitally on the reader, and even if the battery on the reader dies, that data can be stored up to 30 years. The baton reader is water resistant, temperature resistant and shock resistant.

The entire system is pretty remarkable. Considering the cost, the David-Link K-6300 and K-6200 watchman’s guard systems are a great value. If you have a security guard group you need to monitor, I personally think this is a great system to use.

You can find the David-Link K-6200 here and the David-Link K-6300 here. You can find our entire selection of watchman’s clocks and employee time clocks here.

Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our time clock specialists. They should be able to help answer any additional questions you may have about this system.

David-Link DL-800 Digital Punch Time Clock Review

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

David-Link DL-800 Digital Punch Time Clokc & RecorderIf you’re a small business, on a tight budget or want a no-nonsense time clock, you may want to consider using the David-Link DL-800 digital punch time clock (found here). This compact little device has become very popular for several different reasons. This is my review.

David-Link, as a company, has proven itself to be a solid and reliable manufacturer of employee, digital and biometric time clocks. One of David-Link’s biggest advantages is their excellent price to value ration. You truly can get more time clock for your dollar with David-Link machines.

The DL-800 is a prime example of excellent value for your money. Value and price are two of the reasons this particular model is such a hit with our small business customers. This clock is far superior versus handwriting time worked, and makes payroll easier.

The David-Link DL-800 is packed with features. To begin with, the DL-800 is both a digital and a punch time clock. The digital LCD readout is large and the time clock includes a built in computer that helps you track early punches, late punches and streamlines the payroll process. The DL-800 displays the time and date and includes a perpetual calendar.

The DL-800 is a punch time clock because it physically stamps the time onto a time card. This includes an auto to-loading slot that automatically detects cards as they are placed inside. A dual-color ink ribbon (Red / Black) makes it easy to track down late punches, early punches and helps to cut down on payroll errors.

Time clock fraud is cut down with the DL-800 thanks to password protection. Only an authorized “admin” person can make changes to the date and the time. The DL-800 makes it easy to adjust the pay period. This includes daily, monthly, weekly or bi-weekly pay periods.

Not only is the DL-800 accurate and affordable, it also features a high-quality build. It looks great and fits in nicely with existing office décor. The DL-800 is primarily designed for tabletop use.

If you are a small business or are an organization in need of an affordable employee time clock, I highly recommend using the David-Link DL-800.

You can find the David-Link DL-800 digital punch time clock here. You can find our entire selection of employee time clocks here.

David-Link DL-958 Biometric Time Clock Review

Monday, December 6th, 2010

David-Link DL-958 Employee Biometric Time ClockFinding a reliable and easy-to-use employee time clock is now a little bit easier, thanks in part to the recently released David-Link DL-958 biometric time clock. Not only is this time clock reliable, it also features biometric scanning, making it easier for employees to log in and out of work and helping cut down on time clock fraud. This is my review.

The David-Link DL-958 has now been out for about half a year and it has quickly become one of the most popular biometric time clocks around. I have personally used many biometric time clocks and the DL-958 has to be one of the fastest around. A single fingerprint image scan takes less than 1.2 seconds. The built-in storage holds up to 3,000 fingerprints.

Unlike many biometric time clocks that require you to slide your finger, the DL-958 only requires that you place your finger on the scanner. Many biometric time clocks require a finger to be scanned multiple times (not by design). The DL-958 gets finger scans done right every time. I tried myself to scan my finger about 10 times in a row, and the DL-958 was dead on accurate every time.

Data retrieval is easy. The DL-958 has both RS-232 and RS-485 connectivity, making it easy to download data onto a computer. Included software makes it easy to view employee records and data on a computer. Data can be exported for viewing in Excel or as a stand-alone text file.

No worries if you don’t want to use a computer. The DL-958 can also be used as a stand-alone time clock. Data is stored locally on the DL-958 and can be retrieved and viewed by authorized personnel.

While the DL-958 is primarily designed for use as a biometric time clock, it also includes a handy control panel with numbers. This allows an employer to also permit employees to check in and out by use of a Pin Number, if so desired.

Both versatility, extreme affordability and easy-of-use make the David-Link DL-958 a great option. I personally like the DL-958 and consider the entire line of David-Link time clocks to be a great value. The price to value ratio can’t be beat.

You can find the David-Link DL-958 biometric time clock here. You can find our entire selection of David-Link time clocks here and employee time clocks here.

David-Link 2Link S-3000 Employee Time Clock Review

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

David-Link 2Link S-3000 Employee Time ClockDo you own or manage a small business and need an affordable way to keep track of employee time? You probably need some sort of time clock system. One model you may want to consider is the David-Link 2Link S-3000 employee time clock (found here). This is my review.

David-Link is fairly new to the time clock industry, but their line of biometric time clocks have already become a hit. Little known, David-Link also has a line of traditional “punch-style” time clocks. The 2Link S-3000 is just one example of these time clocks.

The 2Link S-3000 is currently the cheapest and most affordable time clock we offer. It uses a punch style system. This means that it will print the time and date on a card as it is inserted into the machine. This is one of the most common styles of time clock used today and is especially popular with small businesses.

Setup on this time clock is very easy to do. The large LCD screen makes data easy to view. This includes the perpetual calendar, the time and the date. It can be set up to display time in a 12 or 24-hour format. The print head itself is adjustable and can be used to print up to 13 different preset messages.

Not only is this time clock affordable, it is also extremely compact. It measures in at 7.5″H x 6″W x 6.75″D and weighs in at 6 pounds shipped. This means you can easily place this time clock on just about any table or desk. It is also designed to be wall mounted.

The 2Link S-3000 can be used by an unlimited number of employees, however, it is designed for low to medium-volume use. I would not personally recommend using this system for a large business.

The David-Link S-3000 also features these capabilities:

  • Print in 4 languages (English, French, Spanish and Portuguese)
  • Password protection
  • Build in alarm
  • Automatic, semi-automatic, manual or combination printing mode

Overall I consider the 2Link S-3000 to be a great value for the money. It has a one-year warranty and is a great choice for small businesses and other organizations.

You can find the David-Link 2Link S-3000 employee time clock here. You can find our entire selection of David-Link employee time clocks here. Do you still have questions about the David-Link 2Link S-3000? Call one of our time clock experts at 1-800-658-8788.

David-Link W-1288PB Biometric Time Clock Review

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

David-Link W-1288PB Biometric Employee Time ClockAre you in need of an accurate biometric employee time clock? If you are, you may want to check out the newest kid on the block. The David-Link W-1288PB is a biometric clock (found here) that is accurate, affordable and easy to use. I have had a chance to use this time clock and this is my review.

To begin with, the David-Link W-1288PB is a great looking clock. It is the top of the line version of the W-1288. The PB means it can read proximity cards and has a battery backup. It is well laid out, aesthetically pleasing and fits right in with existing office décor. The green-lit finger scanner almost looks like something from a sci-fi movie. It even talks to you. Welcome to the year 2010.

The screen is a beautiful full-color LCD screen. You really don’t see that kind of quality in time clocks. You’re usually lucky if you can get a monochrome backlit screen. By using the screen, and the control panel buttons, you can easily guide your way through the navigation to set things up.

The navigation will allow you to add employees, view time worked, set up the time display and determine the time tracking method you would like to use. The W-1288PB isn’t just a biometric time clock.

In the menu you can opt to log time via the control panel (password entry), biometric finger reading, proximity card scanning or a combination thereof. I’m not aware of any other time clocks out there that are biometric, proximity card and pass code capable in one single machine.

The menu and display aren’t the only great things about this time clock. It also has the ability to store data (up to 3,000 users and 50,000 time logs) locally or be attached to a computer. It’s your choice. If a computer isn’t around, you can easily use it as a stand-alone time clock.

Interfacing with a computer can be done any of three different ways. The first is via a USB cable and a computer. The second is via an Ethernet cable (either via RS485 or TCP/IP). The third way is to use the included USB storage device to export data from the time clock and import it to the computer. Time management software is included with the W-1288PB.

Finger reading is very easy. Past biometric time clocks that I have used require you to slide your finger. Not the W-1288PB. All you have to do is place your finger on the scanner, wait a split second, and you’re done. There’s no need to worry about re-scans either. The W-1288PB does a very good job of reading your finger on the first try.

Overall I am very impressed with the features found in the David-Link W-1288PB. It seems to be well-built, well laid out and is feature rich. You can find the David-Link W-1288PB employee biometric time clock here. You can find our entire selection of David-Link time clocks here.

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