RFID Clocking System

How does a Card & Fob clocking system work?

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) attendance tracking systems have been around for some years now, and are used in conjunction with either swipe cards or key fobs.

RFID works in a similar principle to a pet's microchip, where the vet uses a reader to view the information contained on the chip. In this case, when the swipe card or key fob that an employee carries for clocking in and out picks up the signal from the clocking-in machine (reader), the information is passed over and uploaded to the uAttend cloud-based account.

This exchange of data between the clocking machines and swipe cards or fobs generally only occurs when the items are within a close radius of each other, which is why they are commonly known as proximity machines and proximity fobs.

RFID clocking system


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uAttend RFID proximity clocking in terminal

What are the pros and cons of RFID clocking systems?

RFID machines are often used as a contactless clocking option, which is particularly useful in manufacturing environments where protective gear is often worn and there is a large volume of people. They are easy to use, practical and make payroll calculations far more accurate, saving your business a lot of admin time as well as money.

One downside of an RFID attendance tracking system, however, is employees losing their cards or key fobs, often more than once, which, in addition to frustrating, can also be costly. Another disadvantage is that this system is more prone to buddy clocking than clocking methods that rely on biometric data such as facial recognition. (Buddy clocking refers to the practice of clocking in on behalf of a friend or colleague, when they are not actually there in person.)

Ready to start using your RFID clocking system? It's really very simple

  1. Purchase the clocking machine/s and the correct quantity of swipe cards and/or key fobs you need from our shop. If you order before 11:00AM Monday - Thursday, you will usually receive them the next day by courier.
  2. When your clocking machines arrive, sign-up online for your uAttend monthly subscription and follow the simple account and terminal set-up instructions.
  3. We will then arrange a free follow-up training session to make sure your uAttend system is working the way you want it to.

You can, of course, use uAttend's clocking-in options in any combination you want: offering your employees the chance to clock in via web, landline and/or smartphone app, in addition to biometric and RFID clocking machines.

*uAttend clocking-in machines have been designed to work exclusively with the uAttend online attendance management system. The first two clocking machine connections are included in your monthly subscription, subsequent connections are priced at £10 per machine, per month. All of our clocking machines come with a lifetime warranty.