What is a Biometric Time Clock?

A Biometric Time Clock is a tool for organizations to have a secure, efficient, and easy-to-use way of clocking in to work and managing your hourly/salary wage. It uses a biometric fingerprint reader instead of a traditional pin or punch system, which is vastly more secure and enduring than the former systems. They are easy to use due to minimizing amount of time and tools spent by the employee to clock in and out for the day. For example, they eliminate the need to hold onto punch cards, and minimize the number of buttons pressed (With PIN systems, keypads wear out fast!).

Unlike readers used in the IAFIS database, which is the database used by law enforcement, most time clocks only use the fingerprint for the first step of the process – then the fingerprint image is discarded. None of Acumen’s time clocks or the clocks we implement store the fingerprint image.

How Easy are Biometric Time Clocks to Use?

Acumens’ Biometric Time Clocks have an astounding ease of use and minimal barrier of entry. This is due to the minimal amount of button presses, and technical knowledge required to operate. The Clocking In and Out process is controlled by a single button and the press of an enrolled finger. This biometric process expedites the time spent by the employee and increases productivity overall.

Another aspect of Acumens’ Biometric Time Clocks ease of use lies in the Employee themselves. There are no physical credentials required other than the employee’s finger, and our Biometric Time Clocks can store multiple finger coordinates for a single user in the case of injury or prevented access to the employee’s finger.  With these Biometric Time Clocks, the employee is the credential!

How to Enroll in a Biometric Time Clock?

The process of enrollment is simple and effective; especially with Acumen’s TimeView service. The clocks are integrated into the Time and Attendance system and will create users when a supervisor presses the hotkeys to begin the enrollment process. Once the enrollment process begins, instructions will play out on the screen and tell the user to do different actions with their finger; like pressing light or hard, from different angles, etc. This all influences the integrity of the Biometric Time Clock. This integrity goes to improving the ease of use when employees clock in and out for a day due to variables that may change how the employee presses their finger to the biometric scanner daily. This integrity goes to making the clocks smarter, more effective, and more efficient tools for a business.

What’s our Intent?

The goal in mind for Acumen’s Biometric Time Clocks was to make them as simplistic as possible for employees. Those who must clock in daily only need to press one button that is labeled “In” or “Out” and apply their finger to the biometric sensor. For Supervisors, the process entails remembering some hotkeys that come preset with the user manual and installation but are possible to rebind. Overall, the amount of difficulty involved in using the biometric time clocks is very limited and the high configurability allows for users to customize the experience to cater to their needs.

How does it work?

With Acumen’s fingerprint biometric time clocks, the system identifies points where fingerprints intersect or end – and then a map of these points is created. This map of coordinates is referred to as the biometric template.

Below is a diagram representing this process. The red circles indicate the coordinates where the system has identified fingerprint endpoints or intersections.

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Finger is Scanned Coordinates are Identified Fingerprint is Discarded.
Coordinates are Used.

When an employee uses the time clock, the system maps his or her fingerprint intersections and end points. The system then compares it to the biometric templates contained within the system. Only enrolled employees can be identified.

How Fingerprint Time Clocks Work

If all of the coordinates are identified when the employee punches, it confirms the ID and allows the transaction to be processed. If the template does not match any of the biometric templates contained within the system, the transaction is denied.

How Secure are Biometric Time Clocks?

The security benefit of using Acumens Biometric Time Clocks lies in eliminating fraudulent punches. There is no more “buddy punching” with our system. Users are only able to punch in and out using their own fingerprints.

The technology used in biometric systems cannot be used for any purpose other than for access control and time and attendance. No other system uses biometric templates.

Since no personal information beyond the biometric template and employee number is involved, there is no risk of any sensitive information being compromised in any shape or form. That’s why, with Acumen’s fingerprint biometric time and attendance solutions, you can rest assured your personal information and biometric data are safe and secure.

There are two types of technologies commonly used for fingerprint biometric identification: capacitive and image-based. Capacitive scanners work like touchscreens; an electronic pulse senses the ridges of fingerprints to map-out merge and end-points. Image-based scanners take a picture of the fingerprint to create the biometric template.

Acumen’s time clocks both use the highest quality capacitive fingerprint sensors to further diminish employee objections to the technology. Capacitive sensors are also more versatile and reliable than most image-based systems because environmental factors can result in unacceptable fail-rates.

Please contact us to learn more about our employee time and attendance systems or request a quote today.