We intended Tap to be the ultimate portable time clock, and envisioned companies using two or three or more Tap clocks throughout their facility as well as by employees on the road and in the field.
But some customers have been using their Tap clocks in a very different way. Instead of carrying them far and wide, they're leaving their Tap clocks on a desk or a counter, cabled to their PC. Used this way, the Tap becomes a very simple, easy-to-use time clock, both for employees and for supervisors.
Here are some of the benefits to using the Tap in this way:
Employees can clock in and out whether the PC is running or not. If the PC is booted up and the Tap Manager software is running, the clock gets power through the USB Cable and immediately transfers clock-ins and clock-outs to the TimePilot database. If the Tap Manager isn't running, the clock’s internal battery takes over and the clock holds the clock-ins and clock-outs in its memory until the Tap Manager software is started again. When that happens, the data is transferred automatically. The battery in Tap can last for up to a year without a recharge. (How do you recharge it? Simply plug the USB cable into the clock and a USB port on your PC.)
Clock ins and clock-outs are transferred instantly to the PC (if Tap Manager is running), so supervisors can see immediately who’s at work and who’s not.
Other desktop time clocks are heavy and have a large "footprint." The Tap is just 5 ounces and a little larger than a deck of cards. In other words, it's easy to slide out of the way if it starts making a nuisance of itself.
When you add a new employee or an employee leaves your company, there’s no need for a supervisor to transfer those changes to the clock—it's done automatically.