City Purchases New Time Clocks

There’s a new way of clocking in to work at the city of Gaithersburg.

The city has purchased 15 Kronos Terminals at a cost of $2,900 each. The terminals have been installed in facilities across the city and should be in full use by the end of the year.

“To avoid the possibility of ‘buddy punching,’ the Kronos Terminals require two-point authentication by each user,” said Gaithersburg City Manager Angel Jones. “The first step of authentication is swiping the employee’s city identification card at the terminal. When the Kronos Terminal recognizes the card as a valid employee, it will then prompt the employee for a biometric reading of their finger.”

According to Jones, the biometric reading is a single finger scan measuring the ridges in the employee’s finger print.

Roderick Smith, Gaithersburg’s information technology programmer, said the terminals are now located at City Hall, Activity Center, Police Station, Public Works, Water Park, Wells-Robertson House, Skate Park, Gaithersburg Aquatic Center, Olde Towne Youth Center, Robertson Park Youth Center, Casey Community Center, Gaithersburg Arts Barn, Senior Center, Kentlands Mansion and the mini-golf facility.

Public Works Director James Arnoult said the terminals are still in the trial basis at his office. Arnoult said he has not received any complaints, and he said he wasn’t aware of any problems with buddy punching with the old system either.

Parks and Recreation and Culture Director Michele Potter said she has not received any complaints from her employees, although she noted the system is still new and not fully operational.