TimeIPS Hardware and Clocking Devices


  1. What types of servers are available? Can TimeIPS run as a VM?
  2. How do walk-up "network clocks" work?
  3. What types of biometric validation can be used?
  4. Can Employees clock with just a keypad? How about Magnetic swipe cards? Proximity cards? Bar-codes?
  5. How does phone clocking work?
  6. What is Web/PC clocking? How does it work?
  7. Can TimeIPS be used for access control or to signal shift changes? What's a relay controller?

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What types of servers are available? Can TimeIPS run as a VM?
TimeIPS is available in three configurations.
  1. A hardware "network appliance" that plugs into your local network.
  2. A virtual machine "network appliance" that you run on your own server on your local network.
  3. A hosted option "ASP service" where TimeIPS runs a virtual machine in our datacenter and you access it over the Internet.

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How do walk-up "network clocks" work?
TimeIPS offers network clocks when employees will walk-up to clock in and out. Employees present some type of identification, such as an ID number or badge. They can either be clocked in/out/job changed automatically, or you can require them to specify their intent to clock in, out or change jobs.

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What types of biometric validation can be used?
TimeIPS supports fingerprint and hand-geometry biometrics. Either or both options can be used in a single installation, although only one type can be configured per network clock. Hand-geometry is ideal for environments where hands are frequently extremely dirty, chapped, cracked, worn or wet.

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Can Employees clock with just a keypad? How about Magnetic swipe cards? Proximity cards? Bar-codes?
TimeIPS supports multiple employee identification methods including keypad (PIN), or magnetic swipe, barcode swipe, barcode scan, and numerous proximity formats.

If you already have some kind of employee badge, it's likely you can re-use it for TimeIPS as well. We're happy to check a sample badge and advise if it will work

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How does phone clocking work?
Optional telephone clocking modules can be connected to your network where your TimeIPS system is running. By connecting a standard telephone line to the telephone clocking module, you can then allow employees to call in to clock. TimeIPS will answer and provide a voice-driven menu that allows employees to clock in, clock out, check status change jobs and more.

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What is Web/PC clocking? How does it work?
Employees with access to a computer or mobile device with a web browser can clock in/out using the Web/PC clocking option. This is ideal for professional environments where walk-up clocking is not needed.

Employees set a bookmark in their web browser to access your TimeIPS server. When they open the page, it prompts them for a username/password or badge number (your choice) and allows them to clock and check status. Because remote clocking is done from a web browser, additional data can easily be gathered using the TimeIPS custom remote clocking fields.

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Can TimeIPS be used for access control or to signal shift changes? What's a relay controller?
TimeIPS network clocks support an optional "relay controller" that allows external action to be taken at scheduled times and/or when employees clock in/out or change jobs. For example, the relay controller can be used to open a door when employees clock in. In production environments, the relay controller can be wired to a bell to signal the start/stop of shifts, breaks, etc. at times that are synchronized to the clock in all cases.