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FaceFront bio-metric time clocks better than finger clocks for construction

Amy Bourne |

Biometric time clocks, which use a physical feature to identify employees, are quickly becoming the standard for efficient and accurate employee time tracking. They cut back on buddy punching, improve data accuracy and save money.

Fingerprint-based biometric clocks are one common type, and these can be a viable option in certain industries. When it comes to time tracking for construction workers, however, ExakTime’s FaceFront Biometric system reigns supreme.

Biometric Finger Clocks Often Fail with Dirty Hands

If you’re involved in the construction industry, you’re most likely working with your hands on a regular basis. To the surprise of nobody, those hands get dirty. That’s unfortunate if utilizing biometric finger clocks, because these rely on clean hands to be able to reliably read the fingerprint.

It’s true that not all construction workers will have dirty hands—some wear gloves. Unfortunately, this also undermines the fingerprint verification process. You’d have to rely on your workers removing their gloves each time they need to use the time clocks, and this isn’t practical or realistic.

Dirty hands don’t have to be an issue if you’re using our FaceFront feature. Each time a worker clocks in or out on our time clock app with a quick 4-digit PIN (not a long email like with some of our competitors), the worker’s camera on their smartphone or tablet will snap a photo. These photos are then automatically attached to their timestamps within our web-based time clock software, ExakTime Connect.

Some Employees Will Resist Having Their Fingerprint on Record

While most finger clocks have protection measures in place that keep fingerprint data from being retrieved and recreated by unauthorized sources, privacy and data security concerns still exist. For this reason, some employees may be uncomfortable having their fingerprint taken, causing unnecessary conflict.

Photo identification, on the other hand, is so commonplace, crew members won’t have a second thought about having their picture snapped. You already have their employee photo. That said, it’s important to communicate to your employees that this is not facial recognition software. The contours and unique characteristics of their face are not being analyzed here, like they are with fingerprint time clocks. This is simply a photo that accompanies their time stamps to be referenced by payroll if the need arises.

False Acceptances/Rejections with Fingerprinting

False acceptances and rejections can be all too common with fingerprint-based biometric systems.

When the system fails to validate an employee, or worse yet, validates an unauthorized person, it most often is the result of a software error which can be costly and time consuming to correct. Anything but the most expensive fingerprint biometrics software will produce errors, and errors in your time and attendance data takes money out of your own pocket.

Improving the accuracy and efficiency of your payroll management system is why you’re considering biometric time clocks in the first place.

Finger Clocks Are More Difficult/Time Consuming

Using a finger clock us simply more time consuming for a construction worker.

Fingerprint technology reads a certain portion of the finger, not the entire print. An employee may position their finger wrong and spend several tries attempting to position it correctly with little or no guidance from the machine.

With our biometric FaceFront time clock, punching in and out is designed to be completed in a matter of seconds. The only requirements are a tablet or smartphone with a front-facing camera running Android or iOS. This ease is helpful in any industry—and when we’re talking about time tracking in the construction industry, there’s no superior option.

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Amy Bourne is the marketing copywriter for ExakTime. She enjoys learning about the real challenges faced in the construction-related field, and providing content that helps business owners work smarter.

2 responses to “FaceFront bio-metric time clocks better than finger clocks for construction

  1. Good Morning ,

    My name is Melissa Sweeting and i work for an electrical company based in Nassau, Bahamas. Alot of our work requires us to be on the construction site. We are interested in any information you can share with us on this device as to the cost and setup and how it works exactly. It seems to be a picture application where it takes a picture of the employee at clock in and records their face along with the time they clocked in. Is this an individual app that each employee can download to their phone or can it be downloaded on ONE ohone and each employee just clock in from that one phone ? Does it email you the information once an employee is clocked in or how do u view the information from the employees once they have clocked in? And the cost is it a one time fee a monthly fee how does it work ? I look forward to your response .

    Best Wishes
    Melissa Sweeting

    1. Hi Melissa,

      Those are great questions! The app does take a photo of employees upon clock-in and clock-out so that you can confirm identities, even though it also requires the entry of a quick four-digit PIN. Yes, each employee downloads the app individually on their phone (it uses very minimal data)–or you can designate a supervisor to clock in and out for the employees in their crew. The information is all viewable in our web based software to which you as an administrator (or anyone else with designated permission at your company) can access. As for cost, it does depend on the number of employees you have, and yes, there is a monthly fee. Please give us a call at your earliest convenience at 888-788-8463 and one of our time tracking experts can ask you a few questions to give you a proper price quote and schedule a live demo!

      Yours sincerely,


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