Time tracking remains one of the most critical pieces to the construction process. Yet often times this data remains difficult to accurately track, record, and perhaps most important, integrate to key systems in the enterprise such as job costing.

Technology solutions have been used for years in construction, with many different companies targeting this issue. Mobile and Web-based solutions come in many different shapes and forms, but have you considered using biometrics to record time on jobs? The process of identifying individuals based on trait can be a tricky thing to record, but finger printing solutions seem to be most often associated with this process.

The AboutTime TouchCenter from About Time Technologies, www.abouttimetech.com, Payson, Utah, is one such solution. Capable of operating as a biometric time clock or fingerprint recognition time clock, the solutions offers employee verification without the need for employees to remember PIN codes or even interact with hardware.

Biometric time clock and attendance tracking systems have the potential to replace time sheets that many construction companies are using to track time and attendance. In fact, such a solution could eliminate the issue of “buddy punching” where employees will have others clock-in and clock-out for them. With technology such as this, the fingerprint is the only valid means for which to carry out the action.

Another solution comes from the company MinuteHound, www.minutehound.com, New York, N.Y., in the form of a timekeeping solution that uses cloud-based technology and biometrics in the form of fingerprint recognition. The product is designed to scale to meet the needs of enterprises large and small, which can be ideal in construction where projects can often be staffed up or down rather quickly.

Being Web based means location information can be shared via the Web and wired or wireless. Companies register workers on the system where only his or her finger on the scanner will log hours, keeping time in the process. With the data stored in the cloud, it remains safe.

Some companies may seem hesitant to employ a biometric system for fear the fingerprints are always on record. However, the company says with the system fingerprints are never stored, and new fingerprint recognition algorithms ensure prints can never be reversed engineered or obtained.