February 2012 Integrated Solutions For Retailers
By Larry Dawson, vice president of marketing, Accu-Time Systems
Wireless timeclocks have both rewards and risks for employers.
Retailers are becoming untethered. Performing sales transactions, employees with tablets roam sales floors, and inventory and sales data is transmitted to headquarters via satellite links. One of the last remaining store devices is slowly joining the wireless world: employee timeclocks.
Performing time and attendance functions over the air is occurring through employee smartphones and through wireless timeclocks. Several workforce management software providers have downloadable apps that employees can install on their smartphones so that they can ‘punch’ in and out. Traditional timeclock manufacturers are beginning to enable their devices with 3G connectivity so that data is transmitted via the data networks of carriers such as AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.