Managing accurate time and attendance records for employees has never been a simple task for corporate payroll teams. One of the biggest challenges with a traditional time and attendance system that requires swiping of a card or punching of a code is that it can be manipulated and problems like buddy punching can occur. To prevent any such manipulation and inconsistencies, it is highly recommended that you choose a time and attendance system which has facial recognition features.
How facial recognition works with a time and attendance system
In the modern world, we are witnessing rapid integration of biometric technology into online payroll systems globally. It is a quick, efficient way and tamper-proof way of tracking the time and attendance of employees. Among the biometric systems, fingerprint scanners have been around for a while, but now facial recognition systems are emerging as an alternative due to the unique benefits that they offer you.
The system uses biometric identity verification, which scans a person’s facial features. The operating processes of different facial recognition systems can vary. Some of them use algorithms which map distances between facial features such as nose and eyes, work on 2D images and others that are advanced and use 3D facial recognition technology to identify peculiar features.
To implement facial recognition attendance tracking, you need to get all your employees’ facial biometrics registered in the system’s database for future reference and authentication. Once an employee’s data is stored in the system, he/she will simply need to stand next to the scanner. The biometric software will identify and tally the face with the stored database, authenticate the user and grant access while documenting the time of entry.
Now that you know how the system works, let’s look at the benefits offered by such face ID systems:
Automated time tracking: The entire system is fully automated and doesn’t require any person to monitor and operate the process. Thus, there is no scope for any human error in such a technology. The entire system functions in an efficient, quick and accurate manner to identify the faces and record the individual’s attendance, timesheets, etc.
Saving labour overtime costs: Since there is no scope for human error in a fully automated online payroll using facial recognition software, the system tracks the exact number of hours that an employee works for, and this helps in preventing inaccurate expenditure on wages. There is no time for cheating or buddy punching scope in such an advanced system.
Higher Security: Advanced systems offer biometric time tracking of employees, and the option to add visitors to the system so that their time can be tracked throughout the workplace. Any person not authorised in specific areas or the entire premises won’t be granted access by the system. Thus, in case of an inquiry, the facial recognition system can provide additional information by sharing the scanned facial image of the person or people who enter the premises.
Save time and reduce contamination: During a pandemic or a virus outbreak, fingerprint-based biometric systems will be risky as they can spread the contagion. However, no such risks exist with a facial scanner as the employees can gain access and leave the facilities without touching anything. Thus, the system is a lot faster, more hygienic and suitable in the new normal.
Easy to integrate: Compared to various other options, a good biometric facial recognition system can be easily integrated with the digital time and attendance systems of your organisation.
These are ample reasons to get an international standard facial recognition attendance system at your workplace and instill confidence among your employees and visitors about the safety and efficiency of the same.