Companies concerned about employees abusing timecard procedures and clocking in have a new weapon to such fraud.

Lathem Time Corporation, a firm focused on time and attendance products for small businesses, says it has developed technology that will stop “buddy punching”.

The company said its new TouchStation solution relies on fingerprint technology to identify employees, thus providing instant identification and preventing friends or coworkers clocking in for absent workers.

TouchStation can store up to 50 fingerprints and does not have to be tied in to a computer system, the company said.

When an employee logs in, the system links with payroll software provided by Lathem.

“One of the greatest challenges in time and attendance is buddy punching,” said Lance Whipple, Lathem’s director of marketing. “This system eliminates that problem using fingerprint technology that provides instant identification of the employee.”

Privately held Lathem, which was founded in 1919, has 150 employees. More than 300,000 companies worldwide use its products.