Although fingerprint time clocks provide greater security, are they worth the investment? It all depends on who you ask. Asking the owner of a motor vehicle workshop or building company will most likely result in a no. The answer could be yes if you ask the owner of a hotel or finance company. There are some companies that provide fingerprint attendance system in Australia.
In essence, fingerprint time clocks can only be as accurate as of the application. A fingerprint clock can quickly become problematic in applications that have employees with damaged or dirty fingers. It is possible for fingerprint recognition to fail to work for only 5% of employees.
The fingerprint clock suppliers have set the rejection rate of the readers so that it is easy to misuse. Recently, I visited employees who had determined which employees could clock in for their coworkers in a client application.
Fingerprint time clocks are usually chosen to address the concern that employees might be clocking in for one another, which is possible with swipe cards or punch clock systems.
Based on my consulting experience and the feedback I received from surveys, fingerprint recognition is effective in approximately 30% of applications. It is alarming that it is considered a failure in over 30% of applications.
Other biometric options worth considering include vein scans and hand scans, which are less likely to fail. If you prefer biometric time clocks, then it is worth considering other time and attendance software as well as hardware technologies.