Time and attendance systems are designed to keep track of who is where and when they’re there. Biometric solutions have become increasingly popular in this area as employers have come to recognize the limitations and drawbacks of conventional approaches to time and attendance tracking: written and typed logs of employee attendance are prone to human error and can entail a significant administrative burden, while automated punch clocks can fall victim to the practice of ‘buddy punching’, in which an employee will swipe a co-worker’s ID card in order to fraudulently claim hours worked on their behalf.
Biometric systems address all of these issues. By linking an employee profile directly to their biometrics, these time and attendance systems can enable fully automated records-keeping while simultaneously preventing anyone from being clocked in for work when they aren’t actually present.
A range of solutions are now commercially available, from heavy-duty biometric kiosks that can scan the faces of construction workers onsite, to iris scanning systems that can scan healthcare workers even if they’re wearing face masks. And it isn’t just private companies that are embracing this technology: Government authorities in places like Kenya and India have been using biometric time and attendance tracking to help ensure that taxpayers’ money is not going to waste, thereby improving public trust.