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FotoPunch Uses Your Own Smartphone as a Company Timecard

OK I don’ t know about you, but I find this kind of disturbing. On the other hand, if Hewlett-Packard had this a couple of years ago, they might not have disbanded their policy of allowing people to work from remote locations. You be the judge.

Here’s the story: A company called Fotopunch is introducing a new system that allows employers to track mobile workers through their own cell phones.

The system is touted as a cheaper timeclock aimed particularly at mobile employees.

Employees punch in by simply taking a picture of themselves and texting it to Fotopunch. The company’s software adds a timestamp, confirms the employee’s identity through facial recognition, and notes their whereabouts through the phone’s geolocation capabilities.

A video provided by FotoPunch explains the entire concept, here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HbM2a7i0vRc#!