Facial recognition clocking essentials

You may have heard about facial recognition clocking and wondered what it was all about. Well, there are plenty of good –and resource-saving – reasons why organisations are harnessing the benefits of this biometric technology to run their businesses.

A quick guide to the essentials of facial recognition clocking:

What is facial recognition?

Facial recognition is the use of computer technology to identify or verify a person (the uAttend system encodes selected facial features and matches someone clocking in to the stored code. uAttend does not store facial images).

Biometric facial recognition technology is already being used in airport security to catch criminals and now Apple said to be working to replace fingerprint scanning with facial recognition technology in its next smartphone.

How can businesses use facial recognition for clocking in?

In its global predictions for 2017, top consulting firm Deloitte put an increase in the use of biometric data high amongst major trends saying, “The use of biometric data for authentication purposes is expected to have a significant impact on many businesses next year.”

Traditionally most time and attendance systems have relied on timecards, swipe cards or proximity fobs. However more advanced time and attendance systems have taken the leap into the future to take advantage of the latest technology.  Forward-looking clocking-in software has already adopted facial recognition for more efficient clocking-in of employees.

Biometric clocking-in terminals use the employee’s facial, or other unique biometric data such as fingerprints which are then encoded by the system. The system then matches the face or fingerprint to the stored code to log staff in or out.  The data from the facial recognition terminals is then made available to managers via the firm’s cloud-based system account – so it’s easily accessible by authorised staff from any internet-enabled device and from anywhere. The clocking-in data can then be exported to payroll for accurate wage payments.

Savvy businesses will find that the many benefits of using facial recognition include:

  • Savings on time in keeping track of staff attendance – time and attendance systems using facial recognition provide a quick, no-fuss way for employees to clock in and out, giving businesses accurate and immediate attendance data. It’s a good choice for businesses looking to streamline their operation.
  • Savings on cost – because there are no paper timesheets, swipe cards or fobs to purchase, replace or maintain, the use of biometric recognition provides a cost-effective clocking-in alternative.
  • Prevention of time fraud – the use of facial recognition to collect hours worked data prevents any ‘buddy-clocking’ where dishonest workers may otherwise be tempted to clock in for each other.
  • Improved security and health & safety control – it provides an excellent method for maintaining the security of premises. It also gives real-time attendance data and therefore an accurate picture of who is in your buildings, handy in the event of a fire roll call.
  • Facial recognition is no-touch so works well in environments where staff have wet or dirty hands for example kitchen staff, construction and agricultural workers.

Time and attendance systems using facial recognition are easy to install and can be up and running in no time. A cloud-based time and attendance system such as uAttend offers a choice of biometric terminals which can be easily explained to staff. There’s no compromising of staff privacy either as face, or other biometrics, are recorded as a code on the system which is matched back to the face when staff clock in or out.

uAttend is part of the Chronologic workforce management portfolio. To find out more about our time and attendance software solutions call 01761 410015 or email hello@chronologic.co.uk.