Best Facial Recognition Attendance Systems in 2020

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By Rob Binns | Senior Writer | Updated: 10 February 2020

Is it time to face the future, and recognise the benefits that this pioneering technology can bring to your workplace?


Facial recognition technology has come a long way. Once relegated to the realm of science fiction, facial recognition soon found real-world application in police stations, airports, and hospitals around the world. And, with Apple’s users also leveraging facial recognition’s security benefits to unlock devices and verify mobile wallet transactions, it’s quickly becoming an ever-present in our daily lives. 

But there’s another (oft-overlooked, and criminally underrated) usage for this futuristic technology. It’s slightly less glamorous than Apple’s latest offerings, sure – but it’s capable of revolutionising your workplace more than the 11 Pro ever could.

It’s called a time and attendance system, and it uses facial recognition to allow your staff to sign into work quickly and safely. Unlike their fingerprint-based counterparts, facial recognition attendance systems are hands-free; helping reduce the spread of viruses, and prevent buddy punching. And, unlike basic proximity devices, they don’t require a key fob or card that can be easily misplaced.

But which facial recognition attendance system is right for your business? Whether you want affordability, functionality, or unadulterated aesthetic appeal, read on to explore our top five facial recognition attendance system picks for UK SMEs. 


What is a facial recognition attendance system?

A facial recognition attendance system is made up of two parts.

Part one is the hardware, which consists of a clocking-in device. This will usually sit just next to the entrance to your business’ premises, on the wall of your lobby or front office, or in the staffroom. The clocking-in terminal will scan your employee’s face, verifying their identity and recording the time of their sign in. 

Part two is the software. Time and attendance software works with both the facial recognition clocking-in device and your existing back office processes. It automatically turns the raw data collected by the machine into easily exportable reports you can use for payroll and HR purposes.

Was Liam’s lateness this morning a one-off, or part of a pattern? Was Marina properly compensated for her overtime last Thursday? Facial recognition attendance systems make absence disputes, holiday pay confusion, and shift pattern chaos all things of the past. 

You can also use the software to manage users of the system, and add and remove people from it as necessary. Many facial recognition attendance systems (such as Bodet) also offer access control, meaning employees will have to verify their identity to gain access to your premises, or particular rooms within it. 

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What is the best facial recognition attendance system?

We looked into the range of facial recognition attendance systems on the market, to provide you with everything you need to make the best decision for your business. According to our research, the best facial recognition attendance system comes from Safescan, and it’s called the TimeMoto TM-838.

There was more where that came from, though – making up the rest of our list are intuitive models from uAttend, ClockRite, Timeware, and AccuTime

So, which one is right for your business? It’s time to find out.

Safescan TimeMoto TM-838

Best all-round facial recognition attendance system

With a sleek design and even slicker software, the TimeMoto TM-838 is a safe bet for businesses. The facial recognition terminal itself is quick to get mounted and up and running. As for the software, it’s all cloud-based, meaning there’s nothing to install, maintain, or pay to upgrade. You can manage timesheets and schedules on the go, and handle all your reporting needs from a single, intuitive interface. And, for your employees, Safescan’s mobile app allows them to access a range of self-service functions to help them keep track of their own overtime and absences.

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Pricing

At £549 (excl. VAT), the TM-838 is the most expensive of Safescan’s time and attendance system models. In the context of the devices on our list’s prices, though, the TM-838 is smack bang in the middle – and for the superior level of features you get, we reckon it’s worth every penny.

Pros:

  • GDPR-compliant
  • 30-day trial available, with a 14-day satisfaction guarantee and a three-year warranty
  • Facilitates up to 2,000 users...

X Cons:

  • ...but only holds a maximum of 400 face templates

uAttend MN2000

Cheapest facial recognition attendance system

If your small business isn’t fussed about having the most advanced system – and just wants the best bang for your buck – then look no further than the MN2000. It’s a straightforward, no-nonsense, and highly affordable solution to workforce management that’s well-suited to businesses with fewer than 200 employees. The MN2000 is completely cloud-based, also supports employee PIN codes and key fob clocking in, and is basically ready to go as soon as you take it out of the box. Oh, and the best part? It’s one of the cheapest time and attendance systems on the market.

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Pricing

The MN2000 terminal will set you back just £249 (excl. VAT). However, you’ll need to lease the software from uAttend on a monthly basis, with total cost dependent on the number of employees that will be using the system.

  • 1 to 9 employees: £14.99 per month
  • 10 to 19 employees: £23.99 per month
  • 20 to 49 employees: £49.99 per month
  • 50 to 99 employees: £79.99 per month
  • 100+ employees: £99.99 per month

All monthly costs are VAT exclusive.

Pros:

  • No contract or tie-in period
  • Multiple terminals work together without the need for networking

X Cons:

  • Each terminal can only clock in a maximum of 200 employees

ClockRite C400

Best for customer support

Though device quality and price are both important, you’ll also want a high level of service from your facial recognition attendance system provider. And if customer support is your top priority, the C400 should be your first port of call. With next-day UK delivery, free setup and training, and 12 months of unlimited support, ClockRite gets it right. You’ll also receive detailed usage guides and have access to an online knowledge base, with phone-based support just a couple of buttons away.

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Pricing

The ClockRite C400’s pricing depends on the number of facial recognition clocking-in devices you need, and the amount of staff that will be using it. The price also varies based on whether the terminal offers wireless connectivity or not. 

Here are the price ranges for a single terminal:

Number of employeesPrice (without wifi connectivity)Price (with wifi connectivity)
Up to 12£295£370
13 to 25£375£450
26 to 50£450£525
51 to 75£500£575
76 to 100£555£630
101 to 200£700£775
201 to 500£875£980
501 to 800£1,080£1,155

Too many numbers? We get it.

And to be honest, when it comes to getting accurate quotes for a range of facial recognition attendance systems, the easiest way isn’t scouring the internet for prices. It’s by letting us help. Simply give us some details about your industry, the number of employees you need your system to support, and when you need it installed by.

We’ll do the rest, matching you with hand-picked suppliers who’ll be in touch with tailored facial recognition time and attendance system quotes for your business.

Pros:

  • Also sports an in-built RFID reader for proximity clocking in
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

X Cons:

  • May be too simplistic for the requirements of some businesses

Timeware Suprema FaceStation 2

Best for large businesses

With lightning-fast clocking in and a system for up to 3,000 users, the extravagantly-named Suprema FaceStation 2 is ideal for large businesses. Why? Well, for one, it’s speedy – allowing your employees to clock in almost as quickly as if they were using a proximity card. It also supports as many as 50,000 records, can be up and running straight away, and boasts innovative features, such as emergency recovery and patented optic engineering. The only drawback? Big business technology… comes with big business prices!

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Pricing

The Suprema FaceStation 2 costs £1,190 (excl. VAT). On top of this, an attendance terminal connection licence will set you back a further £588 (VAT excl).

Pros:

  • Put simply, this device represents some of the finest biometric technology available
  • Timeware comes with four decades of experience

X Cons:

  • The connection licence adds extra cost onto an already expensive terminal

AccuTime Face Recognition – Pro

Best for ease of use

It’s not winning any beauty contests, but the AccuTime Face Recognition – Pro‘s clever time and attendance software will make your life a lot easier. It automates key processes, including deductions for lateness or employee early exits, and works seamlessly with your own payroll services. You’ll get a top-level view of statutory sick pay, absences, and holiday pay at a glance, and be able to generate and print timesheet reports with the flick of a finger. AccuTime’s staff can have you set up within half an hour, too – no technical knowledge required.

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Pricing

Like ClockRite, AccuTime’s pricing is also based on the number of users, and whether or not wifi connectivity is included. Here are its rates.

Number of staffPrice (without wifi connectivity)Price (with wifi connectivity)
Up to 50£995£1,025
Up to 100 employees£1,195£1,225

Pros:

  • Integrates with Sage payroll software
  • One-year warranty on the hardware

X Cons:

  • One of the more expensive systems of its kind

Next steps

Facial recognition. Though it still, in some ways, feels like it’s been peeled straight off the pages of an old sci-fi comic, it can do wonders in the workplace. From automating key HR and payroll processes to reducing the spread of office illnesses, facial recognition attendance systems save time, boost morale, and increase productivity.

What’s more, they’re affordable – you can get your hands on a model such as the uAttend MN2000 for only £249 (excl. VAT). If usability is more your thing, though, opt for AccuTime’s Face Recognition – Pro, while the Timeware Suprema FaceStation 2 (though a mouthful) should be the first name on the shopping list of larger businesses. The ClockRite C400 boasts the finest customer support, and the Safescan TM-838 is, of course, the system we recommend most fervently.

Above all, it’s important to remember that each business’ situation is different. Staff numbers, premises size, budget… even the date you need your system to be live for can be a crucial differentiator when it comes to finding the right system.

That’s why we take all these factors into consideration when you complete our 30-second webform. Our free service matches you only with the facial recognition attendance systems that are best-suited to partner with your business. They’ll then provide you with tailored quotes designed to help your SME grow. 

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FAQs

What other biometric time and attendance systems could I consider?

Biometric time and attendance systems verify your employees’ identities via one or more of their own unique physical characteristics. As well as facial recognition, biometric devices can use fingerprint, voice, retina, and iris scanning to verify a person.

Which facial recognition attendance system has the best app?

Of the systems above, our favourite app is the Safescan mobile app. Like the stunning clocking-in device it accompanies, Safescan’s app (available for both Android and iOS) is fast, easy to use, and looks good to boot.

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Rob Binns Senior Writer

Rob writes mainly about the payments industry, but also brings to the table industry-specific knowledge of CRM software, business loans, fulfilment, and invoice finance. When not exasperating his editor with bad puns, he can be found relaxing in a sunny (socially-distanced) corner, with a beer and a battered copy of Dostoevsky.

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