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What is the Future of Timekeeping Devices?

Timekeeping devices are good for much more than just telling the time of day. These devices also have the ability to collect data about our health, our work habits, and our location. What will we do with all this data and who will it benefit in the coming years? Read more to find out what business owners predicted for the future of timekeeping technology.

Jacob J. Sapochnick

Jacob J. Sapochnick

Jacob Sapochnick, Founder of Law Offices of Jacob J. Sapochnick. He is an immigration attorney, a serial entrepreneur, digital marketer, author, podcast host, social media influencer, and international speaker.

Will continue with security and activity tracking

Traditional timekeeping has changed drastically over the years, from the original Bundy clock to biometric sensors. With many businesses moving to remote workplaces, the concept of timekeeping has adapted. As a business owner, online timekeeping systems have seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the course of the year.

While many [devices] perform the basic necessity of a timekeeping system, which is to track working hours, they have evolved into activity tracking systems that employ artificial intelligence to filter the actual work being done. This is a precautionary measure required by companies in order to maintain the security of their own and their customer’s proprietary data and ensure that employees are doing what they are paid to do.

Going forward, I foresee that timekeeping systems will continue along the thread of increased security, incorporating technologies such as 2-factor authentication (especially with the advent of 5G networks) and activity tracking. Even if many companies return to traditional workplaces or even hybrid workplaces, many timekeeping systems will still be relevant and useful.

Simon Elkjær

Simon Elkjær

Simon Elkjær, Chief Marketing Officer, avXperten.

Provide accurate timekeeping systems

Timekeeping devices have proven to be essential in remote work [situations] as it makes it easier for employers and managers to keep track of their teammates’ progress. Now that more companies are planning to [operate] fully remotely during and even after the pandemic ends, I predict that we’ll see a continued rise in its usage with collaboration tools to provide better and more accurate timekeeping systems. This device will definitely be a handy tool in measuring one’s progress and productivity.

Meg Marrs

Meg Marrs

Meg Marrs is the founder of Safer Senior Care, a website dedicated to helping caregivers find the best resources for elderly friends and relatives to allow them to age in place safely and comfortably.

Will develop on the health front

Where smartwatches are concerned, I think they will continue to develop especially on the health front. The option to link your data to a medical file that can be accessed by medical staff in an emergency would be a great feature to see.

Many of the newer smartwatches, which provide a full range of functions, are heavy and cumbersome. These will get smaller and more sophisticated in style, and I hope will mimic the look of a traditional watch allowing for an elegant and delicate watch.

John Ross

John Ross

John Ross, CEO of Test Prep Insight, an online education company with 10 employees.

Will involve geofencing

I believe the future of timekeeping devices will involve geofencing on some level. With the sense that remote work will continue beyond the COVID pandemic, employers will likely need a way to track their employees’ location. It is easy to tell if an employee is at work and being productive in an office setting. They are at their desk and working. In a work-from-home environment, employers have no clue whether employees are actually at their desk or out with friends or running errands.

Tracking employees’ location via geofencing through a mobile app has privacy issues, and that will have to be sorted out, but I would expect employers to be clamoring for some sort of physical location tracking as part of their timekeeping devices.

Fred Blair

Fred Blair, Founder of Apart from basketball, he has a keen interest in technology and continuous learning and self-improvement.

Will offer much more value

Timekeeping has evolved from ancient times with the use of sundials and hourglasses into our modern era where mechanical and digital watches, as well as gadgets like mobile phones, are being used to tell time.

Timekeeping devices of the future will offer much more value through integration with other data that is useful for decision-making. We already see this with fitness trackers that correlate time with useful health-related metrics such as a person’s heart rate, steps taken, and others. I see this trend continuing as the technology for data collection and storage improves through the years.

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