Best Fingerprint Time Clocks

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About fingerprint time clocks

Fingerprint time clocks are for those who want to prevent employee buddy punching, but who may not want facial recognition. Each fingerprint time clock uses a biometric finger sensor that identifies a digital equivalent of the employee's finger. Consider getting employee consent before using.

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Best standalone fingerprint time clock systems

Fingerprint time clock systems that do not require a monthly fee. Each includes a fingerprint time clock terminal along with some type of local software.

Best online fingerprint time clock systems

Fingerprint online time clock terminals that connect to cloud systems. Each online time clock system has it's own set of features and pricing.

More about fingerprint time clocks

With fingerprint time clocks, employees clock by touching a sensor.

It works by first registering the finger of each employee. This will record a digital equivalent of their fingerprint (not a photo). Then once registered, the employee simply places their finger on the sensor to clock in.

The biggest advantage is preventing buddy punching. It's very unlikely an employee can clock in for another or try to trick the system.

Another advantage is simplicity. It doesn't required a badge, RFID card, or paper time card that can be forgotten, lost, or damaged.

For most use cases they work fine. However it may not work well for some employees. For example, if an employee has thin fingerprints, the reader may not recognize them. If you have trouble, be sure the sensor is clean, the finger is clean, and the employee places their full fingerprint on the sensor.

Also be aware of any state laws about using biometric time clocks. The lead state is Illinois which opened the door to lawsuits on businesses. So make sure you stay compliant to your local laws. This may include getting written approval from your employees before registering their finger, and a policy that states you will delete their biometric data at the end of employment.