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Facial Recognition Time Clocks vs Time Cards to Track Employee Time

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Untitled design-Feb-29-2024-08-43-16-1273-PMMaking the transition from a paper time card system to a cloud-based facial recognition time clock is a significant upgrade for your customers. This shift offers them the opportunity to enhance their time clock experience with the latest facial recognition technology.

Employee face recognition time clocks present a substantial advantage for your workforce management, human capital management, payroll, or ERP company, allowing you to provide your customers with a reliable biometric solution.  

This article details the key benefits of facial recognition technology for your customers and explores important features to consider when integrating facial recognition time clocks into your offerings. 

Modernizing the Time Clock Beyond Time Cards  

Systems that include biometric time clocks offer maximum benefits above older technologies. 


Reselling time clocks that use biometric facial recognition software puts you on the leading edge of attendance management technology. Having a face recognition and time attendance system as part of your offerings broadens your market. Many enterprise and SMB prospects are still toiling away with mechanical punch cards. 

Companies Run Accurate Payroll with Face Recognition Time Clocks  

Mechanical time cards are a step up from manual time tracking. Yet the relevant comparison today isn’t between manual reporting and mechanical time cards. It’s between time clocks that use time cards and advanced, cloud-based time clocks. 

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Time cards have minimal impact of reducing manual effort hours needed to produce an accurate report of hours worked over handwritten time tracking. Even with the time spent identifying and resolving anomalies, the chances of errors getting into payroll remain high. 

The best time clock and time tracking software provide end-to-end automation, which:  

  • Offers a two-factor biometric authentication to ensure the employee is the one submitting a punch, ensuring payroll accuracy.  
  • Collects accurate attendance data at the time clock. 
  • Validates that data on the middleware before it enters your system. 
  • Delivers validated attendance records to payroll and other systems that need it. 

Cloud-enabled time clocks with a biometric reader improves payroll accuracy. Here are two other ways a facial recognition time clock improves payroll: 

  1. Quick Processing Improves Payroll Accuracy and Productivity 

Long lines at shift changes means it takes longer for employees to reach peak productivity. Those long lines mean frustrated employees must come in early to clock in. They also add extra time to the hours worked at shift’s end. 

  2.   Face Recognition Time Clocks are Optimal for Reducing Time Theft 

facial recognition time clockTime theft happens any time an employee finds a way to pad their attendance hours with time not actually worked. Buddy punching is one of the costliest forms of time theft. Facial recognition time clocks virtually eliminate employee buddy punching. 

Employees can share their physical time cards, badges, and PINs. They can’t share facial features. The employee must be physically present in front of a facial recognition time clock to complete a punch. This makes facial recognition authentication the best option for minimizing the chances employees can engage in buddy punching. 

Facial Recognition Time Clocks Also Lower Administrative Costs 

Facial recognition terminals save companies money by improving payroll accuracy and reducing the risk of overpaying for labor. Here are other ways they provide significant savings: 

Fully Automated Systems Require Minimal Manual Effort 

Facial recognition time clocks lower payroll administration costs by minimizing manual tasks.  

They remove the need for manual input of time card data, saving time when checking and matching attendance records. Companies can then either reduce payroll staff or assign them more important payroll analysis tasks. 

Reducing the manual effort to run payroll leads to lower administrative time and costs. Facial recognition time clocks are the top of the time clock hierarchy in reducing manual effort to collect and validate attendance data. 


Face Recognition Time Clocks Features Maximum Benefits 

When choosing a facial recognition time clock, remember key features that greatly affect their value and the facial recognition experience. 

  • Processing power: The facial recognition verification scanning process only takes seconds. 
  • Enhanced accuracy: More data points collected by facial recognition software means less chance of incorrect identification. A face detection software that captures a high number of data points improves the accuracy of the verification process. 
  • Two Factor Authentication: Ensure maximum accuracy in payroll processing by having employees use a secondary credential at the time to verify their facial recognition scan.  
  • Multiple badge options: Many jurisdictions prohibit forcing employees to use a biometric system. A facial recognition time clock with a keypad and secondary reader option ensures that employees who opt out can still use the time clock. You can learn more about how facial recognition technology works and other best practices here. 
  • Automated assistance for employees: Where a person stands in front of a time clock is critical for the facial recognition system to perform optimally. The time clock software should provide clear, visual guidance to employees so they’re standing in the ideal position for fast, accurate verification.  

facial recognition time clockThe Accu-Time Systems Only|You Face facial recognition time clock, available with our Android-based stride80 , has all these features and more. You can run your own time clock software or our TimeCollect software on the stride80. TimeCollect offers extra features and helps resellers without their own time collection software get to market quickly. 

Face Recognition Time Clocks are Clear Winners over Time Card Machines 

Facial recognition time clocks are the best option among paper, electronic, swipe cards, and biometric readers for tracking time.  

Providing a facial recognition terminal can be very profitable for your business. This is especially true when partnering with ATS. Your customers can transition from time cards to facial recognition technology more easily than you think. We can help you with configuration, integration, and deployment. 

Schedule a call with our consultants today. They will provide information stride®80 features and detail the benefits of Only|You Face for both you and your customers.


Biometric Usage: Growing concerns over the privacy and security of biometrics are driving government regulations surrounding the definition of personal data and how to protect it. These regulations vary from country to country, state-to-state, and in some cases city by city. Most often the governing regulations are dictated based on the location where the information is being collected. It is important to understand the local regulations in the geographic areas in which you operate. If you are uncertain regarding your regulatory obligations, we encourage you to consult with your legal counsel.