Tips for Successful Biometric Fingerprint Scanning

Do you employ a biometric fingerprint scanner for recording time and attendance? Are you considering biometrics to help avoid costly “buddy punching”?

“Buddy punching” happens when one employee clocks in or out on behalf of another who isn’t present at the time. This can make it appear to your time tracking system that Joe arrive at work on time, when he was actually 15 minutes late, or that Sue was working right up to the end of her shift, when in reality she cut out 10 minutes early to try to beat the afternoon rush-hour traffic.

You may have heard (or discovered for yourself) that from time to time some workers will have trouble convincing the system to recognize their fingerprint. While a few experience trouble because of exceptionally dry skin, unusually smooth fingertips, scars or other issues, for the vast majority it often comes down to a matter of technique.

Here are a few simple tips to ensure a faster, smoother clock-in and clock-out process anyone who needs to use a fingerprint scanner for time & attendance tracking, access control or other functions:

In a nutshell…

  • Lay the finger flat on the reader, not rolled to one side.
  • Hold in place for about one and a half to two seconds to give the reader time to scan.
  • Place the finger on the reader the same way it was registered. For the reader to correctly identify the fingerprint, it must be able to “see” all the same data points that were recorded at the time of initial registration.
  • Things to avoid:
    • Dirty hands.
    • Damaged or injured fingers.
    • Rushing to punch.
    • Rolling the finger.

If you’ve got more questions about biometric technology for time tracking, check out our Biometrics FAQ or contact us. We’d be happy to help you select the right biometric product for your business. You can choose from fingerprint scanners, hand scanners and face-recognition scanners, plus a variety of other options. Our biometric-enabled solutions include the BioTouch clock, timeQplus software and cloud-based AcroTime workforce management solution, so we’re sure to have something to suit your needs.

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