Three Advantages of Biometric Time Clocks

Written by Allied Time

HR departments are always looking for ways to more accurate track their employees’ hours. One of the best ways to do this is through the implementation of biometric time clocks. These are devices that use physical characteristics individual to each person as credentials for clocking in and out of work. Examples are time clocks that use employees’ fingerprints, optical scans or other distinguishing features.

Here are a few reasons why an increasing number of companies are switching from traditional time clock to biometric models:

Accuracy: The goal of any work timekeeping system is to make sure that you know exactly how many hours and minutes your employees have worked in a given period. You want to make sure you are only paying them for the work they are doing while also ensuring that they receive fair compensation. Having employees manually fill out a time card doesn’t let this happen: they can frequently – and often unintentionally – round up or down by a few minutes.

Biometric time clocks avoid these situations. Employees clock in and out and this information is tracked by a very accurate timekeeping system. You’ll know exactly when your employees enter work and leave.

Security: Using a biometric time clock can help your company increase its security in several different ways. Using a fingerprint time clock eliminates the ability of an employee to lose their access card or forget their password to clock in and out. It’s also a great method for tracking employees during emergency situations as it makes it easier to track who has entered into a building so you can tell if anyone is left inside. This also means that you have more control over determining which employees may have entered the building after hours or on weekends.

Fraud Prevention: Traditional time clocks offer opportunities for employees to enter inaccurate time information into the system. A common example of this is when another employee uses an employee’s card or password information to clock a friend in or out. In many cases, the reasons for this are seemingly benign, such as an employee running late to work and not wanting to get in trouble. In other instances, this can be used to help employees collect wages for hours or even days when they weren’t at work. No matter what the situation, this is defrauding the company out of money.

Biometric time clocks solve this problem by making it impossible for someone else to use the system for a friend. The employee has to be present in order to clock in or clock out. Simply put, there is no way that a person can “fake” their friend’s fingerprint or other biometric information.


Allied Time has been helping companies solve their employee time tracking issues since 1966. They provide a wide range of modern time clocks including biometric time clocks and portable time clocks.

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