The Android Clock Terminal is a solution for use with smaller numbers of workers, where the purchase of a clocking machine may not be justifiable. This consists of an Android app, optionally supported by web-based upload and transfer to the main Africlock application.
The Android app will only work on smartphones running Android 4.0 and up. This means that most of the newer Android phones will be able to run the app. For best results you should not use a bottom-range budget phone unless you are happy with manual clocking – the slightly better phones have cameras better suited to QR code recognition and may also have NFC readers built in – these are typically absent from budget phones.
If you have an iPhone, BlackBerry or a Windows phone you are out of luck, unfortunately. We are currently not planning to support these phones.
To test whether your phone will be able to run the Africlock app, please download it from the Google Play Store – simply type the name Africlock in the Play store to find it.
The phone app allows you to register new workers on the phone, and then clock them in or out using either a manual action (selecting the worker from a list) or by pointing the phone at a QR code, or lastly by swiping an NFC tag (a special type of RFID tag). The Android app is free to download and use in its simplest form – which means that the clock records are sent to the office in an e-mail. When you use the app in conjunction with the normal Africlock time and attendance and payroll software, the system can make use of web-based data transfer. Web data transfer functionality covers the following:
- Automatic data transfer from your phone to our website every night, where our Windows application will pick it up
- Manual transfer at any time
- Downloads of worker photographs placed on the web site by our Windows app
- Download of workers blacklisted by the Windows app
There is an annual fee of R300 per phone for the use of the web back-end and data transfer functionality. This fee will be charged as part of your annual support fee for the Africlock time & attendance and payroll system.
Please note: We will only ever send the registration code by SMS to the telephone number you nominate here. This is for your own protection.