The History and Evolution of the Time in Clock System

For many of us the time in clock system is an integral part of our working week. Clocking in and out after a long shift provides your employer with the information needed to gage employee productivity. The clocking in and out system is something that we rarely think about. However, did you know the history of the clocking in and out system, and how it has played a large part in the working life of people the world over for over a century?

Invented by Willard Bundy, a jeweller based in Auburn, New York, with an innovative mind that was responsible for a number of patents, the time in clock system has evolved exponentially over the last century. A year after the time in clock device was first patented in 1889 Willard Bundy’s brother, Harlow, founded the Bundy Manufacturing Company and began mass producing time clocks.

By 1900 the brothers consolidated their business with two others to form the definitive time equipment recording business, International Time Recording Company (ITR.) As the success of the product became widespread the business grew, and in 1911 Bundy Mfg and another two businesses merged once more to become known as Computing Tabulating Recording Company (CTR) which would later change its name it IBM.

As the twentieth century rolled on, so too did the innovation of the time in clock in system, this enhanced technological advancement fuelled an increased demand for the product, and the ingenuity of these systems were exemplified by a number of corporations across the world, and as such the changes in the industry. In 1958, IBM’s Time Equipment Division was sold to Simplex Time Recorder Company. In the UK ITR was bought-out in 1963 and reverted to International Time Recorders, and by 1982 ITR was acquired by Blick Industries of Swindon who, themselves, were later absorbed by Stanley Security Systems.

In the latter part of the twentieth century with the introduction of computing systems time clocks moved away from standard mechanics to electronic time and attendance systems. These time and attendance systems were a revolution, and a substantial leap in terms of our technological progress. The employees were issued with magnetic strip card, complete with a barcode on the back. Once the RFID (radio frequency identification) tag comes into close proximity with the reader, the employee’s details are scanned and logged. The flexibility of these cards, combined with the user interface also allowed for holiday requests, absenteeism and hours worked to be easily recorded.

More recently we’ve seen time clock in systems adopting the technology more commonly seen in smart phones and tablets. With multi-touch screens, full colour displays, real time monitoring, and wireless networking, the sophistication of the technology is apparent.  Indeed, the growing popularity of cloud software has lead to time in clock systems being manufactured to interface seamlessly with the cloud.

As you can plainly see, traditional clock in systems have come a long way from basic mechanical systems. Today we’re treated to some of the most technological innovative systems, and surely far exceeded the wildest dreams of Willard Bundy over a century ago.

Fingerprint technology is here – just look at the new Apple iPhone

Technology has advanced at an exponential rate over the last few decades. From the miniaturisation of the microchip to the ubiquitous use of touch screen technology we’re surely living in a wondrous age.  One of the more fresh and exciting innovations is fingerprint technology – with Apple employing this technology to great effect.

Fingerprint technology explained

The new Apple iPhone 5S uses a fingerprint sensor to open the device. This sensor scans your fingerprint, matching the scanned image to a pre-defined image of your finger. Gone are the days of having to remember a code, your fingerprint is now your personal security. Every fingerprint is unique to the individual – your iPhone couldn’t be more secure.

How does it work?

The iPhone is fitted with an image capture system that is designed to capture and store an imprint of your finger, and embed that image in the swipe panel. This pioneering technology analyses the skin indentation pattern of your fingertip, comparing it to a set of pre-stored date verifying your identity. Such is the sophistication of this technology it, not only precisely records the ridges of your finger but, calculates an image of the live skin below the surface of your fingertip.

The potential implications of large scale fingerprint technology

Large scale usage of fingerprint technology may result in the death of traditional passwords. The multi-character password is an antiquated security measure. Most any password can be cracked by unscrupulous individuals with access to specialist software, no matter how encrypted the password is.

Theoretically, fingerprint scanning technology could completely eradicate the need for traditional passwords. Technology doesn’t stand still, it’s consistently evolving. The benefits of fingerprint security are far reaching and touch a wealth of different industries. From online banking shopping to any number of different security functions, the introduction of fingerprint technology would revolutionise our society.

Are there any alternatives on the horizon?

One growing field is biometric authentication. In layman’s terms this is a method where a part of your body is used to authenticate your identity. Iris scanners were at one time considered to be the holy grail of identification and synonymous with fictional views of the future. Only time will tell whether or not this technology will become mainstream, however this technology won’t be imminently introduced into mainstream society.

More recently similar technology has been proposed and investigated. Monitoring and recording the unique rhythm of a person’s heart may well be the wave of the future. Through the use of a bracelet that monitors your pulse as a manner of identification has been explored. This technology would, hypothetically be a more consumer-friendly biometric security device.

As you can plainly see we’re at the dawn of a new generation of technological enhancements that will make our lives all the richer. Exciting times lay ahead!

See the benefits of a clock in system for your business

Are you searching for a system that allows you to effectively manage the data gathering and reporting aspect of your business? Are you looking to streamline the efficiency of your payroll practices? Is the meticulous nature of client billing causing you headaches? Looking for a more effective procedure? If you can categorically answer yes to all or any of these questions then you would greatly benefit from a clock in system.

A clock in system makes your business more efficient, and saves you money. Can any small business owner afford not to consider using a clock in system? The answer is no, for the reasons outlined below.

Payroll and Clock in Systems

If you have meticulous knowledge of when precisely your employees are working, you have a comprehensive idea of the wages that they’re entitled to. For example, it’s not unknown for employees to consistently arrive late for work. A clock in system allows you to carefully monitor everyone’s arrival and departure time each day. This ensures that the correct wages are distributed. The vast proportion of swipe card systems is an effective way to actively track when those are working and when they are not.

Data Gathering, Reporting and Clock in Systems

Clock in systems can produce automated reports. Such reports are invaluable for keeping track of large quantities of data. Indeed, from employee names, contact details, and job titles to contracted hours of employment, and time of arrival in the morning, clock in systems are highly effective, and essential.

The information that clock in systems is both rich and diverse, and essential for business owners. Indeed, this information is vital for managers to understand the personalities in their business, and forms a large aspect of appraisals.

Whether you are a small business owner, or indeed if you are tasked with managing a large department clock in systems form an integral part of making your life easier, and allowing you to be organised and thorough.

Billing Clients and Clock in Systems

Clock in systems allow you to quickly and effectively calculate the costs that your department or business incurs. Not only can they monitor time and attendance they can effectively allow you to monitor individual projects and tasks. For example, if you have a client that bills you by the hour, you can effectively monitor their productivity. This allows you to have an astute understanding of your expenditure, and calculate the return on your investment.

If you haven’t considered investing in a clock in system before…..then maybe you should!

AVAST antivirus STILL showing a false positive on our website

Well, here we are more than two weeks later and AVAST still says our website contains a Trojan virus. This despite several e-mails and reports, and a detailed discussion on their support forum.

Here’s the REALLY funny part: If you have AVAST activated and you click the software download link on our website, AVAST will report a Trojan. Now, if you temporarily DISABLE AVAST, download the file, RE-ENABLE AVAST and then use it to scan the VERY SAME FILE, if comes up CLEAN – NO virus report.

I guess if you are using a free antivirus you should not be surprised…

Our recommendation is to buy yourself a proper antivirus package. The majority of systems are very competitively priced today. We use ESET NOD32, but you can use Kaspersky, Panda, Trend, Bitdefender or whatever.

AVAST Anti-virus false alarm

21 September 2013 AVAST Anti-virus false alarm

Alle gebruikers van Africlock en AVAST anti-virus. (English version follows below)

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Let asseblief daarop dat AVAST op die oomblik (heeltemal verkeerdelik!) ‘n probleem sien met Africlock se sagteware en dan word die program outomaties gestop en ‘n deel word selfs uitgewis. Sien die illustrasie hierby. GEEN ander antivirus-pakket maak hierdie fout nie en daar is BESLIS nie virusse in ons sagteware nie.

Ons het reeds met AVAST in verbinding getree en die probleem behoort hopelik binnekort opgelos te wees. Intussen sit ons egter wel met ‘n krisis want u kan moontlik nie die stelsel gebruik nie en die maandeinde is naby.

Die enigste manier om Africlock te kan gebruik as u die fout soos beskryf, ervaar, is om AVAST heeltemal af te skakel. Hierdie is wel gevaarlik en ons beveel aan dat u intussen ‘n ander antivirus-pakket installeer (enige van die bekendes soos Kaspersky, McAfee, NOD32, Trend of wat ookal). U kan AVAST wel tydelik afskakel, soos volg:

Regs onder op u Windows-skerm is daar ‘n klein oranje “icon” met die kleinletter “a” daarop. As u dit regskliek verskyn ‘n paar opsies – kies “Avast: Shields Control” en kies dan “Disable permanently”. Kliek dan “Yes” op die bevestiging wat dit vra. Hierna kan u Africlock weer van ons webtuiste af installeer deur hierdie skakel te gebruik: http://www.clock.co.za/setupafriclockminimal.exe

Onthou om AVAST hierna weer aan te skakel, maar wees bewus daarvan dat die probleem dan weer gaan voorkom totdat AVAST hulle fout regstel.

All users of Africlock and AVAST antivirus

Please note that AVAST currently (completely wrongly!) identifies Africlock as a virus problem and then automatically disables the program by deleting some components of it. NO other antivirus does this, and we MOST DEFINITELY do not have viruses in our software.

We have already contacted AVAST and we believe that the problem will be resolved soon, however, in the mean time we have a crisis and the month-end is approaching fast.

The only way to be able to use Africlock at the moment, should you experience this problem, is by completely disabling AVAST. This is dangerous and we recommend that you install a different antivirus (Kaspersky, NOD32, McAfee or any other well-known product). You can disable AVAST as follows:

At bottom right on your Windows screen, you will see an orance icon with the letter “a” on it. Right-click this icon, then select “Avast” Shields control” and then “Disable permanently”. Click “Yes” on the confirmation request. When done, you will be able to download Africlock again using this link: http://www.clock.co.za/setupafriclockminimal.exe

Remember to turn AVAST back on, but understand that you will have the problem until you replace AVAST with something else, or until AVAST hopefully fixes their error.

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