We introduced our Android app integration platform because we wanted to expand the options software companies can offer their customers regarding their time and attendance implementation. Many companies – especially large ones – can’t roll out a time collection solution without a hardware option.
For some, there’s a security issue. They either don’t want or can’t rely on workers to clock in and clock out via personal mobile devices. For others, they have too many employees that aren’t sitting in front of individual computers, so they can’t use desktop-based punches. Hospitals, for example, have pressured work environments where it’s vital that staff can punch in quickly and get going. Yet nearly none of the hospital staff sit at computers. Having stand-alone computer terminals that would require each employee to log in and out before being able to punch in or out creates a long line of employees waiting to get to work. It simply isn’t feasible for operations. Factories, warehouses, and construction sites present a similar challenge.
So while expanding hardware options was a driver in creating ATS’s range of Android time clocks, it was equally important to make sure it took minimal development work to integrate with them.
Some companies have already developed an Android app for their software but may not have built time & attendance integration software for use on a terminal. Others only have desktop time clocks in their solution, also providing no hardware mechanisms for their customers to capture time. The ATS Android integration platform repurposes whatever time & attendance data collection software is already built, reducing the development time needed to roll out terminal-based software to the bare minimum.
Options for VARs with an Android app:
If you already have an Android app customers and workers are using on mobile devices, you can easily port that app onto any ATS Android time clock. Our support team provides porting tools and assistance, requiring very little development work. Now you have a fast and easy entry point to offer leading-edge hardware with your software solution. That whole end of the market that must have time clocks for at least a portion of its workforce is now open to you.
Options for VARS with time & attendance data collection integration software:
The ATS Android platform is larger than simply the Android-based time clocks. We also have a wide array of utilities, tools, and API libraries that minimize any dev time needed to adapt your current software solution to run on the Android operating system. You’re not only expanding the range of hardware options you can offer customers, but you’re also extending the life of your current application.
Options for VARS with time & attendance data collection software, but no hardware integration – mobile or otherwise:
You can quickly integrate your time and attendance data collection software directly with the ATS Android-based time clocks. On its own, Android is already one of the most popular development platforms, in part due to how rapidly new and updated apps can be built and installed. We’ve taken this dev-friendly platform and sped up the process of developing an attendance data collection app by building for you a full complement of utilities, tools, and API libraries specifically designed to integrate with ATS time clocks. There is no faster or more cost-efficient point of entry into offering both the mobile and hardware options.
Expanding customer options expands your customer pool
If a time and attendance solution doesn’t include hardware options, it’s blocking itself off from a huge, lucrative market. If a company has even just 10% of its workforce that requires a terminal for clocking in and out, that’s a lead the VAR without a hardware option can’t close. No company is going to bring on two different time & attendance solutions. You can either serve the full range of a company’s needs or you don’t get that business.
We understand that long, potentially expensive dev cycles throw a large obstacle in front of any VAR that wants to access these broader markets quickly. That’s why ATS developed the Android-based time clock and integration platform, to help you sidestep that obstacle and quickly get to market with your own Android app .
Talk to one of our consultants today to learn more about how the Android-based terminal works and how it can expand your offerings.