Last updated - Jun 02, 2020 at 2:55PM
- An NFC capable Android phone, with NFC turned on.
- TimeDock app downloaded and configured.
- Smart-chipped ID cards. Click here to find out how to purchase.
With the TimeDock app installed and configured on your phone, as well as NFC turned on, simply place the smart-chip ID card next to the phone. TimeDock will detect the chip and automatically clock the employee in/out.
Frequently asked questions about clocking in with NFC.
Can we use our existing security/access cards?
It's unlikely you'll be able to use the same NFC badges between your TimeDock and Security or Access Control systems.
Security and access control cards tend to use a higher-spec RFID or NFC format. In contrast, we've elected to use an ISO standard that's smaller, faster and less expensive for versatility with mobile devices.
Some customers have succeeded with special shielded and durable NFC stickers adhered to the side of their access control cards. We recommend testing first by sending us one of your cards & the on-metal stickers you intend to use, as the two could potentially interfere with each other on our devices, and with your security system as well.
The NFC type we support is Ntag213. They'll need a specific data configuration before you program them with your TimeDock device, or you can use many Android phones with our mobile app.
Can we use iPhone with the NFC cards or key fobs?
Not yet! We have yet to implement support for NFC within the iPhone app (as of July 2023). This is due in part to restrictions from Apple, however we will at some point enable some form of reading NFC tags on iPhone/iOS.