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How do ATS Infrared Thermal Temperature Time Clocks Work?

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New phrases that were unthinkable before 2020 are now entering our vocabulary. “Temperature time clock” is one of them.  

When we say “temperature time clock,” we're talking about our new Infrared Thermal Sensor (“IRT”). The IRT is a simple add-on that performs a thermal scan on the person’s skin, who is standing in front of the time clock.  

Why have a temperature checked at the time clock? 

Some states are requiring employers to take daily temperature checks for employees. Others may follow. In either case, the CDC recommends daily temperature screenings. Companies can hire or use existing staff as manual screeners. Manual programs will raise as many challenges as they might solve. Automating the screening process adds safety without causing more problems. 

Conducting the automated thermal scans at the time clock makes perfect sense. All employees have to check in there anyway, so no new workflow is needed. The IRT can be configured to send a clear message to employees and prohibit them from clocking in if their reading falls outside of a preset range. So an IRT on the time clock achieves three critical business goals: 

  1. Complies with any requirement or recommendation to perform daily thermal screenings on employees. 
  2. Performs the thermal scans as smoothly and inexpensively as possible. 
  3. Can prevent an at-risk employee from punching in, which reduces the chance they’ll continue into the workplace.  

How the IRT Works with ATS Time Clocks 

The IRT performs a non-medical thermal scan. Like the thermal temp guns we see everywhere now, it doesn’t take the body’s core temperature. That’s why it’s considered “non-medical.” 

When a person stands in front of the IRT sensor at the time clock to punch in, the IRT performs a thermal reading, and it processes the thermal output radiating from the surface of their skin.  

After being implemented, the  IRT conducts the scan automatically when the worker is in front of the clock in just seconds. Workers can’t circumvent the IRT since the time clock can be configured to restrict an employee’s punch if they’re not within the permitted range.    

Thermal Sensors on time clocks are part of the “new normal” 

Companies are searching for cost-effective ways to put in place new safety measures. Temperature checks as a condition for entrance is part of our new reality.  The IRT provides an easy, automated way for employers to do daily temperature scans of employees and do them in a muted way that people won't find intrusive. 

If you would like to see the IRT in action, get in touch with us today and one of our time clock experts will set something up. 

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