How biometric attendance systems work

How the Citadel biometric time & attendance system works.

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How biometric fingerprint attendance works

Biometric attendance systems have become increasingly popular over the last few years. Many customers are choosing to switch from RFID swipe card and fob clocking to biometric clocking.

The Citadel OB3000 clocking in terminal can be used for fingerprint (and thumb!) clocking as well as used with swipe card and PIN clocking if required, for maximum clocking flexibility.

Biometric fingerprint clocking is what most customers choose as it's a simple and convenient way to clock employees in and out.

This biometric fingerprint attendance system is an effective way to stop time fraud and buddy clocking. It also increases clocking accuracy. The uniqueness of fingerprints mean that staff physically can't clock in and out for each other.

The OB3000 fingerprint clocking terminal also has a store and forward capability. The unit can be taken out on-site, employees clocked in and out. Go back to base and the clocking terminal sends the data via WiFi or a network connection to your Citadel cloud account.

Enrolling employees on the Citadel fingerprint clocking system

To set up an employee on the clocking system, an administrator registers their fingerprint or prints, (including thumbprints), using the scanner on the OB3000 biometric clocking in machine. The Citadel time attendance software creates unique codes related to the prints. The code or codes are then stored on the Citadel system.

When the employee clocks in to the Citadel system, the live scanned print is compared to the stored code, when matched, the member of staff is presses clock in, clock out or clock for breaks on screen. The fingerprints themselves aren’t stored on the Citadel system which means there are no privacy issues for staff to be concerned about. Their prints can't be re-created from the stored code

Find out more about the OB3000 wired and WiFi biometric fingerprint clocking terminal

Setting up your biometric attendance system

It's often a good idea to inform staff about how biometric clocking terminals work when installing a new attendance system, so they don't have any worries about personal privacy issues.

Our friendly UK helpdesk can give you information to send out to employees if required. (Support is part of your Citadel subscription - not an extra)

To get up and running with biometric clocking terminals is simple.

Getting started with Citadel biometric attendance

  1. Buy the OB3000 fingerprint clocking terminal/s you need from our store. If you order before 11:00AM Monday – Thursday you’ll usually get them next day by courier.
  2. When your clocking terminals arrive, sign-up online for your Citadel cloud subscription and follow the simple set up wizard to create an account and add your clocking terminal /s.
  3. Alternatively if you want to smartphone clock, simply sign-up for a Citadel cloud account today.
  4. The support team will get in touch to arrange a free follow-up training session to make sure your Citadel attendance system is working the way you want it to.

The first two clocking in terminal connections are included in your monthly subscription, subsequent connections are £10 per terminal per month. All our clocking in terminals come with a lifetime warranty.

Any questions, or if you'd like to request a free online demo to see how clocking in with Citadel could work for you, call 01761 410015, email us or click the chat icon.

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