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Are Advanced Biometric Time Clocks Worth the Investment?

By July 3, 2023July 19th, 2023HR, Payroll, Workplace Safety

Employee Facial Recognition Scanning

MarathonHR offers an array of convenient and accurate timekeeping options for clients. As part of our services, we provide timeclock packages and a desktop app for clocking in that doesn’t require the employer to purchase special software. For employers who wish to use a physical device, biometric timeclocks are a popular option.

What are Biometric Timeclocks?
Biometric timeclocks are physical, electronic devices that capture unique identifiable features from employees when they clock in and out. These solutions not only eliminate paper timecards; employers like them because they:

  • Prevent employees from clocking in and out for other people (“buddy punching”).
  • Help control employee building access.
  • Remove “I lost it” as an excuse for delinquency or absenteeism.
  • Don’t require keeping up with a badge or keys, or remembering a unique ID, password or PIN.

Biometric devices can capture identifying features from a fingerprint, retina, palm or even a vein.

Are Advanced Biometric Time Clocks Worth the Investment?
In terms of biometric timeclock costs, fingerprint scanners are considered the ‘entry level’ option. However, they aren’t perfect because people’s fingerprints can change over time due to burns or injuries. Hygiene and keeping the scanner clean may be another consideration. In recent years, many businesses have implemented touchless, contact-free solutions to help protect the health and safety of their workers.

If an employer wishes to invest in technology beyond a fingerprint scanner, there are several options. Retinal scanners identify individuals by the unique patterns of their retinas. Iris scanners identify an individual through the unique patterns of blood vessels at the back of the eye. Facial recognition devices that scan the entire face are also available.

UK-based contractor Dunne Group estimates that it has saved nearly $200,000 a year in wrongly paid wages after installing facial recognition technology on its construction sites. Technology giant Intel has implemented facial recognition to support workplace security and employee convenience. The company believes that facial recognition will identify individuals who pose security threats on its corporate campuses that employ more than 70,000 people. At the same time, a focus on security at its highly sensitive factories suggests that the company may also be wary of corporate espionage or sabotage.

The bottom line: Some businesses may decide that a fingerprint scanner is perfectly suitable for their timekeeping needs, while others may find advantages in using retinal, iris and facial scanners.

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