Nothing is more critical to organizations than keeping employees and customers safe.  The pandemic has brought to light just how steadfast that commitment is.  Fortunately, vast improvements in technology, like biometric devices, can help companies honor that commitment while maintaining efficiency and costs.  Here are some reasons why employers use these advancements in technology to usher in a new era of time and attendance.

Modern time and attendance clocks, such as the IRIS iT100, utilize both iris and facial recognition technology, even while wearing glasses or masks.  This system allows their face to punch in or out without actually touching the time clock.  Employers may also add questions to answer health-related or other questions before or after the employee’s shift. 

Technology provides several benefits for both organizations and employees

First, biometric screening eliminates buddy punching.  Buddy punching occurs when one employee asks another employee to clock in or out on their behalf.  This action is usually accomplished by sharing personal clock-in information, such as badges, personal identification numbers (PIN), usernames, or passwords.  According to the American Payroll Association, three-fourths of employers lose money to buddy punching, with employees getting 4.5 hours of un-worked time each week.  That may not sound like much, but it adds up quickly.  The average cost of buddy punching equals close to $1,560 per employee over a year.

Next, because a facial recognition scanner relies on imaging a person’s face, punching is quick, easy, and never restrictive.  As a result, employees do not worry about the much-dreaded line at the time clock created by delays and restrictions while punching or having to stop and find a supervisor or manager to clock them in due to a punching error. 

Additionally, employees do not have to touch the device to clock in or out.  This feature helps prevent the spread of germs and viruses by minimizing contact.

Finally, facial recognition clocks keep companies in compliance with ADA regulations.  The iT100 features an Automatic Tilt Adjustment Camera.  This camera tilts to find the user allowing those of different heights to use the same clock.  When placed properly, the iT100 is accessible for those in a wheelchair while still making it easy to use while standing. 

How can we help?

For more information on using biometrics to improve safety and efficiency, including the iT100 Facial Recognition Clock, contact Time Equipment Company at 800-977-8463 or