iBeacons, Bluetooth Low Energy, Proximity sensing and the obsolescence of time tracking as we know it.
Businesses have to track the time their employees work for a variety of reasons, the most important of which is to pay them correctly or bill clients accurately. Today, there are various means and devices used to achieve this: paper punch cards, handwritten sheets of paper, spreadsheets, online software, and time clocks, to name a few. Most of these methods have been in use for several decades, and all of them have one critical point of failure—the employee—upon whom the onus of tracking work time almost always falls. Employees may sometimes forget to log their time, or put it off until the deadline. In both cases, the result is inaccurate work time data, which leads to errors in payroll, invoices, and possibly even lawsuits. Tracking time is often a tedious, annoying, and frustrating task that an employee needs to do several times over the course of a workweek, in addition to his or her actual work. As with most tasks that share these characteristics, they get put off until the last minute, or simply forgotten.