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California district trials school bus biometrics system

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Officials from the Desert Sands Unified School District in California have trialed equipment developed by Global Biometrics Security that would scan students’ fingerprints on school buses. But the district has stopped short of implementation of new biometric programs citing a lack of funds, according to a My Desert article.

Rick Majors, director of transportation for the school district acknowledged the district liked the concept behind the system and the trial had piqued interest in using the technology.


The system that was trialed saw students checked on and off the bus via their fingerprints as a way to track where students were through both keeping a record of it, but also through alerting drivers if students were getting off at incorrect stops or getting on the wrong bus altogether.

Additionally, plans were drawn to have each student’s medical history attached to the fingerprint data so that it was readily available in case of an emergency.

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Mt. Whitney High School in Visalia, Calif. is using student IDs and smartphones as a means for students to earn certain privileges.

The program is called Student Scan Identification Card Authorization, or SSSICA. As ABC’s local Visalia affiliate reports, campus administrators greet students by scanning a bar code on the students’ IDs to determine whether they have permission to leave campus for lunch or attend school events such as a football game.

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The use of Social Security numbers has once again become a hot-button topic in Louisiana legislature, particularly for students who often share the sensitive data even without parental knowledge.

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The use of biometrics in schools is once again the topic of debate in the Florida legislature, with lawmakers considering a proposal that would prohibit school districts from collecting biometric information – including fingerprints, handprints, iris and voice.

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The much-publicized biometrics bill in the state of Florida – SB 188 proposed by Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange – has passed through he House without any additional amendments. The bill awaits Gov. Rick Scott’s signature before becoming law.

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