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N.J. school district uses biometrics for cashless POS

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Summit School District in New Jersey is utilizing a combination of various technology to streamline accounting and speed up lunch lines, according to an Independent Press release.

Elementary schools are utilizing biometric scanners, which read students’ fingertip to pay for meals. However, officials say at no time is a fingerprint image made or stored.


In fact, the finger scanner is said to convert student’s biometric information into a set of binaries (0s and 1s). This is the only information stored in the districts server. When a student returns to the cafeteria the device scans, again in binaries, and looks for a match in the database. Identification is then made and the account information is available to the cashier.

In the district’s high school cafeterias students swipe their ID cards to pay for meals, and middle schools have students enter an assigned PIN number.

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