Common industry terms – a guide
What does Biometric mean?
Biometric is the calculation of an individual’s body measurements, being fingerprint, hand, eye or face.
The most prevalent type used is fingerprint scanners for Time & Attendance purposes. There are hand punches and facial recognition, but these are less commonly used.
Biometric fingerprint scanners scan significant landmarks of the fingerprint pattern. The sensor then enters that data into a computer system, where they are processed into a set of numbers known as a template. The template is a mathematical representation to verify the user.
Read more on biometrics here.
What is Fingerscan?
Fingerscan is another way of saying biometric fingerprint scanner. They scan significant landmarks of the fingerprint pattern. The sensor then enters that data into a computer system, where they are processed into a set of numbers known as a template. The template is a mathematical representation to verify the user.
Read more on Fingerscanners here.
What are Timesheets?
Timesheets are a common way for employees to record the hours they work. Staff fill out a paper form or an excel spreadsheet with their start, finish and possibly break times. These are then collected or emailed to payroll and are then keyed manually into the system the company uses.
The term timesheets is still commonly used, even within a software system. There is a timesheet page within our software, biotime, but instead of being a highly manual and time consuming task, it is all automated. See more about biotime here.
What does Interface to Payroll mean?
Interface to Payroll means that the Time & Attendance software can produce a file to send to the existing payroll software, and update with current pay period data. iDt can interface to all reputable payroll systems, ensuring accurate data transfer with no double keying and removing the opportunity for human error.
What is Buddy Punching?
Buddy Punching is a term used to describe when an employee signs in to work for someone else. For many years, a common way to capture staff attendance has been with a Punch Clock. Punch Clocks are usually situated at the entrance of a workplace, and when staff arrived they would take their employee card off a rack next to the machine and insert it, resulting in a time and date stamp being “punched” on the card. The same goes for leaving work and possibly meal breaks. Employees could ask their “buddy” to “punch” them in if they arrived late or left early.
What does ‘Clock In’ mean?
Clock In, Clock On, Clock Out, Clock off are all commonly used to describe staff arriving or leaving a workplace. It goes back to traditional “Punch Clocks” when employees would register attendance by putting a card in to a Punch Clock machine. It has become part of our everyday vocabulary – when someone leaves work early, is to say “he clocked off early”.
What does ‘Employee Punch’ mean?
Employee Punch refers to an employee registering an individual instance of attendance. It used to refer to using a Punch Clock machine, but is still often a term used for when a staff member uses a PC, a fingerprint scanner, a mobile device etc.