Alternatives to Attendance Based Systems

Attendance-keeping systems are not the only ways to determine absenteeism. We can imagine existing data sources that could be used to derive whether an individual is at work, school or home. Such signals might include utilization of various resources at the place of work (or at home) especially those that require self-identification. Examples include logging into a computer network, utilization of computer and network resources, and entry into facilities (buildings, parking garages, elevators) that require pass cards. Even phone activity (not content, just time of placement and minutes) may provide a useful indicator. These approaches do not address issues of the lack of specificity of attendance data.

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