What is a mobile time clock?

A connected mobile time clock enables remote recording of working hours and/or staff attendance times. Mobile clocking is particularly useful in places where it is difficult to connect a traditional time clock to a fixed Internet network: security, catering, cleaning, building sites, etc.

The time clock is considered mobile when it can be easily installed at remote sites.

It can be used :

  • Ensuring than on-site visits are carried out, and if possible within the contractually agreed times.
  • Recording employees’ presence for payroll purposes or calculating working hours.

Mobile clocking is carried out using connected objects, ideally wireless and battery-powered for several years. It is sometimes confused with smartphone-based clocking applications, which require an app to be installed on a personal or professional smartphone.

Smilio A time clock

What are the differences with fixed time clocks and clocking terminal ?

Fixed time clocks are ideal for high-traffic areas, where connection to a fixed Internet network (wired or wireless) is easy. They are plugged in, and their operating cost is prohibitive when you want to equip a large number of sites.

Mobile devices use innovative technologies such as LPWAN telecoms networks (LoRaWAN, Sigfox, NB-IOT, LTE-M), QR codes or NFC tags. The result is wireless, stand-alone devices.

Mobile time clocks are less expensive than their fixed counterparts.

Uses of a mobile time clock

The mobile clocking terminals are particularly useful in the field of Facility Services, wherever it is necessary to control the activity of field workers.

Here are some examples of issues addressed by this type of clocking terminal :

  • Proof of passage of personnel on site for billing purposes
  • Control of the duration of the cleaning service
  • Verification of the passage of personnel in a sanitary perspective (video example below: disinfection of buses)
  • Protection of lone workers
  • Control of guard tours

Why Skiply’s solutions are particularly well suited for mobile pointing ?

The Skiply range of mobile time clocks

The RFID clock S allows the identification of workers equipped with a badge, exactly like a standard time clock. It has a battery life of about 1 year depending on the conditions of use.

The Smilio pointing terminal allows to prove the passage on site and to identify the participants by the seizure of a code. It is autonomous for several years on batteries, antibacterial, and waterproof (IP65).

Ubiqod Key secures proof of passage with a QR code that changes at regular intervals. As a result, users can use any smartphone to clock in, without fearing for their privacy (no need for geolocation).

Clock R offers an innovative solution for recording the passage of personnel on site, without agents or operators having to take any action whatsoever.

Skiply also offers particularly economical solutions based on standard QR codes.

Robust wireless communication

All Skiply objects operate on public or private LPWAN telecommunication networks using LoRaWAN and Sigfox technologies. In France, this includes the networks of Bouygues Telecom, Orange and Sigfox. LTE-M networks (especially for Clock R).

Integrated into numerous solutions

Skiply offers a clocking software solution for customers who are not equipped yet.

Our integrator partners can also link mobile time clocks to their own facility management or HRIS software, thanks to our APIs and ready-to-use connectors.

Pointeuse mobile RFID Clock S