Facial recognition is becoming more popular today for many reasons. The popularity of facial recognition skyrocketed when Apple introduced Face ID as a replacement for Touch ID for unlocking iPhones. The technology has proven to be very sound and stable. Hence face recognition attendance systems have become famous for enforcing accountability within many businesses. Face recognition is used in student attendance systems, tracking attendance at events, access control, and many more.
If you are here in search of a face recognition app, then you are in good hands. There are many facial recognition time tracking apps on the market today, so our team decided to do the research homework and save you a lot of valuable time.
We researched pure app-based solutions as well as hardware clocks that support facial recognition. These are the apps we researched:
The general way in which the apps work is that each user enrolls by taking an enrollment picture or image of a human face; ideally a clear picture of themselves in a well-lit environment. Then when it’s time to clock in, the user takes a photo of their face. The now captured photo is compared to the photo on file or the enrollment photo. Using machine learning and deep learning algorithms, the face detection tool can confirm the photo images match.
Timeero is the ultimate time, mileage and GPS tracking app with face recognition. If you are looking to hold your team highly accountable, you will want to look at Timeero. With face recognition, you can finally get rid of buddy punching.
Your employees will take a base photo or registration photo of themselves. Once a photo of themselves is registered, they can then clock in and all photos will be compared to the photo.
When the AI algorithms determine that the face doesn't match the right person, it flags that time entry and sends a notification to the administrator.
The Face Recognition feature on Timeero can be turned on by configuring the settings in Timeero. The Timeero Terminal (kiosk version of Timeero) can be configured to support face recognition. Employees are given a PIN and photo capture is also enabled to ensure the right person is clocking in and out.
Configuring the Timeero terminal and facial recognition is very easy and straightforward. You can assign special codes to different tablets to know which tablet each user may be punching in and out from.
Fareclock comes with a set of features to allow you to track time accurately. The mobile app runs on both iOS and Android powered phones, the most popular phones you will find on the market.
The Fareclock interface seems very clean and organized. Once I logged in on the web dashboard, I had no problems downloading the mobile app. I found the design to be very convenient and well thought through. Using an iPhone 11 Pro Max, I downloaded the iOS app and proceeded to clock in.
Once you tap on the “Employee start screen,” it pulls up a camera that can capture your face. I wasn’t sure if it was capturing my face for registration or if it was trying to clock me in. The admin portal was not very clear on how to do that. Next, take a photo of your face to ensure that you are the right person clocking in. It wasn’t exactly clear if I was registering my base photo for comparison purposes. The other confusing part was where I needed to enter the PIN. I could not find a place to enter a PIN, so I had to dig into the documentation a little more to figure that one out.
It is usual for a dark-skinned person like me to wonder if face recognition will work for me. The Fareclock mobile app was able to detect my face in a well-lit location. According to Fareclock:
Our face recognition works well with any skin complexion. An essential factor in achieving successful recognition is how the employee presents him/herself to the time clock. Here are some tips for employees on how to face the device camera.
On the web dashboard page, logged in as an admin, the Fareclock software allows you to approve or decline failed entries. My punch-ins were flagged as failures, probably because I did not know what PIN to enter while attempting to clock in.
I think the overall Fareclock Face recognition-based attendance system does what it needs to do. The onboarding flow could use an improvement.
The Jibble interface seems very clean and simple to follow. The user interface doesn’t feel very cluttered. To use the Jibble facial recognition, you first have to enable the Facial Recognition power up.
Once enabled you can go to the employees page to enroll your baseline photo. So we decided to use a photo of Crystal, instead, so we could experience what a false photo match looks.
We downloaded the mobile app and logged in with our credentials. The Jibble app gives you the option to turn the app into a terminal. On the mobile app, I jibbled in (which means to clock in). Jibbling in was very simple. It opened up the camera, and I was able to take a photo of myself. Not too long after, I got a notification stating that there was a possible mismatch for my photo.
According to Jibble:
You could receive unwarranted mismatches with selfies that have darker skin tone photos or dark lighting, but as the facial recognition improves over the months this shortcoming will be overcome.
Jibble’s face recognition attendance system is simple to use it and gets it done.
The TSheets app works very similarly to every other app we’ve reviewed so far. The biggest difference is that the TSheets app is built only to work on the TSheets terminal app. To use the TSheets facial recognition time tracking software, you will need to have an iPad, an Android tablet, or a desktop to clock in with facial recognition.
Setting up the TSheets app was reasonably straightforward. When setting up, the system first gives you a four-digit code to enter your terminal app.
If you do not have a four-digit PIN setup for your account, the system will ask you to create one before you are allowed to punch in. Like most of the time clock punch-in page shows your face on the camera; the TSheets app also has a nifty little reminder if you are taking forever to clock in.
I didn’t see a place to register my face yet. I would assume there’s instructions on how to do that somewhere, but it wasn’t immediately clear. If the TSheets app does not recognize a user, an email is sent to the admin to confirm if the photo is correct or not.
Overall we think the TSheets app is simple enough to use. However, it will not work out for you if your employees cannot clock in from a terminal.
Most time and attendance systems these days will do more than just a simple clocking in and out. You will want to get more out of your ideal time and attendance system. We’ve listed a few of the features we think you may want to pay attention to:
Many time and attendance systems these days will capture your clock in and clock out locations. All the solutions listed here will do that. However, it’s easy to beat such a system; we’ve seen several scenarios where a person will clock in, only to leave to do a side job or some non-work-related work and then later come back to clock out.
If you are looking to add extra accountability to your facial recognition time tracking, we recommend looking into live GPS tracking.
Live GPS tracking will track employees while they are on the clock.
Are you using paper to track your employee’s schedules? You don’t need to because some time and attendance applications will do that for you. Scheduling and time tracking go hand-in-hand, so be sure to look out for a scheduling feature if your business or team can benefit from one.
Do your employees need a better way to request time off? Using an automated system can save you loads of time and errors. Investing in a time tracking system that handles time off can be very valuable. Employees can request time off right from their mobile apps and notify their administrators or supervisors about the request.
Many timesheet apps today will integrate with payroll solutions. Many solutions will even do a simple file export.
It's essential to select a time and attendance software that can integrate with popular payroll solutions like ADP, Paychex, and Gusto.
We pulled out the most recent on the Google Play Store from actual users, and these were our findings.
Timeero – 4.5 star rating as of (June 8, 2020)
Fareclock – 4.1 star rating as of (June 8, 2020)
Jibble – 4.1 star rating as of (June 8, 2020)
TSheets – 3.9 star rating as of June 8, 2020
These are the different prices we’ve seen for these products. The cheapest product to get simple face recognition is Jibble, and the most expensive is QuickBooks Time (formerly TSheets). However, the most affordable doesn’t always translate to the most cost-efficient solution.
If you are looking to get more out of your time tracking apps such as GPS tracking and payroll integrations, then Timeero will be a better value for you in terms of pricing.
Timeero $5/user/month + $10 base fee.
Fareclock has a price of $10 base + $1.25 per employee.
Jibble: Free (stores only 2 months of data), $2 per active user/month.
TSheets: starts at $8/user/month + $20 base fee.
All apps are not built equal. We hope our research on the top facial recognition attendance-based systems was helpful for you. Here at Timeero, we are happy to assess your use case and needs and offer a few recommendations for you.
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