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Best Face Recognition Attendance Apps 2022

Barima K.
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April 15, 2022 9:28 AM
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Facial recognition technology has become increasingly popular for many reasons. 

Its popularity 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 indispensable for enforcing accountability within many businesses. 

Face recognition is used in student attendance systems, tracking attendance at events, access control, and numerous other use cases.

There are many facial recognition time clock apps on the market today, so our team decided to do research and save you a lot of valuable time. ‍We researched pure app-based solutions as well as hardware clocks that support facial recognition. 

So, if you are here in search of a face recognition attendance app, keep on reading.

These are the apps we tested:

Timeero

Fareclock 

Jibble 

QuickBooks Time (formerly TSheets)

Face Recognition Attendance App: Technology Overview 

The general way in which face recognition attendance apps work is that each user enrolls by taking a baseline picture of their 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 newly captured photo is compared to the photo in the file or the baseline photo. 

Using machine learning and deep learning algorithms, the face detection tool can confirm whether the images match.

Timeero

Timeero is the ultimate time, mileage, and GPS tracking app with face recognition functionality. If you are looking to hold your team highly accountable, Timeero is the right choice for you. 

With our sophisticated face recognition attendance app, you can finally get rid of buddy punching.

How it works

Your employees will take a baseline or registration photo of themselves. Once their baseline photo is registered in the system, they can then clock in and all photos of themselves they take will be compared to that 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 (the kiosk version of Timeero) can be configured to support face recognition. Employees are given a PIN, while the photo capture is also enabled to ensure the right person is clocking in and out.

Configuring the Timeero terminal and face recognition attendance feature is very easy and straightforward. 

You can assign special codes to different devices to know which device each user may be punching in and out from.

Does it work on all skin tones?

Thanks to our advanced AI-technology, Timeero can easily recognize faces regardless of the skin complexion.

Verdict 

Timeero is easy to use, with an intuitive user interface. Everything works seamlessly, and besides its face recognition attendance feature, it also offers time, GPS, and location tracking. This way, companies can have a rounded platform to help them improve employee accountability and performance.

Timeero face recognition feature

Fareclock

How it works

Fareclock comes with a set of features that allow you to track time accurately. 

The mobile app runs smoothly on both iOS and Android phones.

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-out. 

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 purposes or if it was trying to clock me in. The admin portal was not very clear on how to do that. 

Next, it prompts you to take a photo of your face to ensure that you are the right person clocking in. 

The other confusing part was where I needed to enter the PIN. I couldn’t find where to do that, so I had to dig into the documentation a little more to figure it out.

On the web dashboard page, when 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.

Does it work on all skin tones?

It is usual for a dark-skinned person like me to wonder if face recognition will work. 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. 

Fareclock face recognition skin tones

Verdict 

I think the overall Fareclock facial recognition attendance software does what it needs to do. However, the onboarding flow could use some improvement.

Fareclock face recognition


Jibble

How it works

The Jibble user interface seems very clean and simple to follow, with no unnecessary clutter. To use the Jibble facial recognition, you first have to enable that feature.

Once you do that, you can go to the employees' page and upload your baseline photo. We decided to use a photo of Crystal, instead, so we could experience what a false photo match looks like.

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 and it activated the camera, so I was able to take a photo of myself.

Shortly after, I got a notification stating that there was a possible mismatch for my photo.

 

Does it work on all skin tones?

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.

Verdict

Despite some confusing details, Jibble’s face recognition attendance system is simple to use, and gets the job done. Also, we hope the Jibble team will overcome the challenges related to recognizing darker-skinned faces accurately. 

Jibble face recognition

QuickBooks Time (formerly TSheets)

How QuickBooks Time Face Recognition Works

The QuickBooks app works very similarly to any other app we’ve reviewed so far. 

The biggest difference is that the QuickBooks app is built only to work on the terminal app. To use its facial recognition time clock app, you will need to have an iPad, an Android tablet, or a desktop computer to clock in.

Setting up the QuickBooks app was reasonably straightforward. 

During the configuration process, the system generates a four-digit code to enter your terminal app.

tsheets kiosk

If you do not have a four-digit PIN for your account, the system will ask you to create one before you are allowed to punch in. 

Like in many other face recognition attendance apps, the punch-in page shows your face on the camera. It’s also worth mentioning that the QuickBooks app has a nifty little reminder if you are taking forever to clock in.

I didn’t see a place where I could register my baseline photo in this app. I would assume there are instructions on how to do that somewhere, but it wasn’t immediately clear. If the QuickBooks app does not recognize a user, an email is sent to the admin with a request to confirm whether the photo is correct or not.

tsheets kiosk

Verdict 

Overall we think the QuickBooks app is simple enough to use. However, it will not work out for you if your employees cannot clock in from a kiosk.

QuickBooks Time face recognition

Other Useful Face Recognition Attendance App Features You May Need

Most time and attendance systems these days will do more than just a simple clocking in and out. We’ve listed a few of the features we think you may want to pay attention to so that you can opt for the app that suits your needs. 

Live GPS Tracking

Many time and attendance systems these days will capture your clock-in and clock-out locations, and all the solutions we mentioned in this article can 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 immediately to do a side job or simply slack off and then later come back to clock out.

If you are looking to add extra accountability to your facial recognition clock-in system, we recommend looking into live GPS tracking

Live GPS tracking will track employees while they are on the clock and determine their exact location. 

This can be particularly handy for companies with a mobile workforce. If your employees have to travel to different places of work, you can monitor them and ensure they’re always where they’re supposed to be while on the clock. 

Scheduling

Are you still using the manual pen and paper approach 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 it. 

For example, home healthcare agency managers need to create weekly or monthly schedules for their employees. To create a single schedule, they have to take different client and employee preferences and parameters into consideration, which additionally complicates the process. 

By using Timeero, they will be able to save up to 30 hours a week. Our scheduling feature is user-friendly, meaning that you can simply enter your employee names, desired parameters, and the app will generate a timetable in minutes. 

Time Off

Do your employees need a better way to request time off

Using an automated system can save you loads of time and prevent common 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. This way, you won’t have to worry about overlapping, scheduling conflicts, or the risk of being short-staffed. 

Payroll Integrations

Many time-tracking and face recognition attendance apps today integrate with payroll solutions and even allow 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, so that you can streamline your invoicing and payment process.

Pricing - Face Recognition Attendance Apps

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.

Check out pricing and features for all four face recognition attendance apps presented in this article. 

Not all face recognition attendance apps are built equal, and this little research hopefully helped you find the one that suits you best.

Here at Timeero, we are happy to assess your use case and needs and offer a few recommendations for you.

You can start a free trial or chat with us (circle on the bottom right) if you are interested in trialing our face recognition attendance app.

AUTHOR
Barima K.

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