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How Iris Recognition Technology Can Improve Time and Attendance Tracking


The use of iris recognition technology has historically been limited to situations requiring the highest security. But as biometric systems continue to advance, more practical applications are being discovered. This latest iteration of identification technology, which captures snapshots of the iris and converts unique characteristics into mathematical patterns, can now be incorporated in time and attendance tracking systems.

Advantages of Iris Time Clocks

Iris time clocks offer several advantages over alternative methods of time and attendance tracking methods such as badge systems or fingerprint scans:

  • Employee swipe cards or badges can be easily lost, shared, or forgotten. Badges also may pose a security risk to the company or improperly shared among employees. Time theft can be a concern when employees clock others in, otherwise known as “buddy punching.”
  • The iris is well protected and can be scanned even if a person wears glasses, contacts, or even safety goggles. In comparison, fingerprint scans can’t be used if gloves or other protective clothing are worn.
  • Iris scans don’t require direct skin contact to clock in, making them more hygienic than fingerprint scans.

Biometric Time and Attendance Tracking Systems Improve Accuracy and Efficiency

A recent Paychex Small Business Snapshot reported that 20 percent of small businesses still use paper to manually record employees' time and attendance. For many of these companies, the integration of an iris recognition system would provide many important upgrades:

  • Increased Accuracy: Manual timesheets can be lost or completed incorrectly. Also, employees may not recall exact hours worked when reporting their time, leaving the possibility for errors with tracking manually.
  • Real-Time Updates: Managers can track employee time and attendance at the push of a button.
  • Data Collection: Analytics allow managers to identify patterns of tardiness or absence as well as other broader trends, such as how certain events affect time and attendance.

As iris recognition systems become more cost-efficient, even small companies can find opportunities by switching from manual time and attendance processes used in the past.

Although an iris recognition system provides the basic function of time and attendance tracking, the latest technology also offers additional features to give companies more benefits. Optimal scheduling can be accomplished by studying past time and attendance and determining which hours/shifts each employee prefers. Data collected can be used for trend analysis or overtime studies. Other secondary functions include employee self-service, absence management, and points tracking.

Biometric systems like the InVision™ Iris Time Clock provide a secure way to track time and attendance in a cost-efficient manner. If you're interested in finding out more about this unique workplace solution, contact a Paychex expert for more information.

About the Paychex Small Business Snapshot

Data included in the Paychex Small Business Snapshot was taken from the results of the Paychex Small Business Survey, administered by Bredin, a third-party research firm specializing in small business. The survey was conducted online between March 31, 2017 and April 8, 2017 and polled 400 principals of U.S. companies with fewer than 500 employees. The group surveyed was not exclusively Paychex clients, but included other small business owners to provide a full view of the small business landscape.

This website contains articles posted for informational and educational value. Paychex is not responsible for information contained within any of these materials. Any opinions expressed within materials are not necessarily the opinion of, or supported by, Paychex. The information in these materials should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and it should not substitute for legal, accounting, and other professional advice where the facts and circumstances warrant.
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