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Finger scanning utilized at two West Virginia high schools

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

High schools in Jefferson County, W.V. will be implementing biometric finger scanning in an effort to provide security for the students’ cafeteria accounts. Purpose of the program, according to school officials, is to eliminate clerical errors and to provide students with an easy way to identify themselves when using the cafeteria.

Using the finger scanner provided by identiMetrics, the software scans the finger to create and store individual templates of unique points that ID each student.

When the student returns to the cafeteria, his finger is again scanned and if a match is found in the database, the student is identified.

School officials pointed out that the scanner does not store a copy of the fingerprint. It just creates a template of the student’s fingerprint characteristics. When the student graduates or is no longer enrolled at the high school, the template is deleted.

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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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Fake IDs are a commonality on college campuses nationwide, and provided the demand for the merchandise it can buy remains high, students will continue to seek out false credentials.

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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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Virginia State University will now be conducting random ID checks on its St. Petersburg campus. Accompanying the credential checks will be better lighting, more police patrols after dark and additional cameras to monitor the campus.

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Glenn Kinney Permalink
February 22, 2012 3:33 PM

This is a very unique idea. I know this alreay exsists but not at this level. If this works I'm sure that other schools will start using it and for more than just lunches.

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