Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

University uses behavioral biometrics for online IDs

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Law requires schools to make sure students can’t cheat

A new federal law is forcing colleges and universities to implement security measures to make sure students enrolled in online classes are who they say they are, and three and a half-year-old software company outside of Dallas is lobbying to be at the forefront of this emerging market.

Biometric Signature ID of Lewisville, Texas, has developed a patented software biometric that remotely authenticates the identities of students, enabling them to take computer-based exams at home or in testing centers.

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