Fingerprint verification in the workplace is still a relatively new time-tracking technology, and getting your biometric time clock to work seamlessly may require manual finagling. One of our great customers, an NYC moving company, reached out about getting some tips for better Fingerprint Recognition for their employees.

Here are some tips to get the highest quality fingerprints you can use so that your employees can clock in and out seamlessly:

1. Use the display number to judge the print

When you enroll your fingerprints, use the number on the screen display as an indicator of how good the print is. Fingercheck biometric time clocks max out at 100 but any number above an 80 is good.

2. Try the left and the right hand

See which hand the machine prefers. Sometimes there is a difference between both hands’ prints.

3. Enroll more than one finger

Always enroll more than one finger so that you have a backup finger if your employee gets a cut (or if their finger is out of commission for a while, for whatever reason). It also gives your employees more tools to clock in and out with.

4. Clean the sensor

Now and then, clean your sensor with a piece of scotch tape. You can either roll a piece of scotch tape around your finger or hold the edge of a piece of tape and press it down on the sensor. If you ever experimented with scotch tape as a child, you know just how much they can pick up.

5. Set up one-to-one punching

Identifying yourself with your machine before clocking in and out can reduce the verification time by 50 percent. Each employee has a unique number they can enter before they press their finger, which can make clocking in and out faster.

6. Lower your clock’s sensitivity

If your biometric time clock has been having difficulty verifying your employees’ prints, it may be because your clock’s sensitivity is high. If you’d like to clock in and out more quickly, lower the sensitivity of your biometric time clock so that it recognizes your team’s prints faster.

To do this, go to your clock and press the Menu button. Select “System” and then “System” again. Now you should be in the window that allows you to change your clock’s sensitivity. Your “threshold” will automatically be set to 35. Change that number to 5. Additionally, the function next to it, “1:N,” will be automatically set to a specific number. Change this to 15. Finally, change your finger sensitivity to low and then save.

7.  Place and press

If you often experience difficulty clocking in and out using your finger, the problem could be your technique. Place your finger squarely in the middle of the sensor and press firmly into the sensor. Hold your fingerprint there until you hear a beep. Play around with it and ask your colleagues if they may be doing it differently than you are – they may be able to give you helpful pointers.

Using your biometric time clock should be an effortless experience, and if it isn’t, it takes just a few minutes to re-calibrate your clock and adjust your enrollment methods. If this still doesn’t work, remember that support is just one call, live chat, and email away!

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