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Florida school district to pilot palm scanner in lunch room

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Lee County School District in southwest Florida is the latest to experiment with palm scanners in an effort to move the lunch line along faster. Students currently have to key in their ID number. If they make a mistake, it can slow down the line.

The district hopes to test the program in an elementary, middle and high school before the end of this school year. After the trial period, the program could be implemented district-wide.


“Students can slow down the lunch line by miss-keying numbers, forgetting the numbers,” said Sonny Stelmacki, assistant director of the district’s nutrition services department. “We’ve also had issues with stolen or misused numbers.”

The palm scanner the district is considering using is twice as fast as the current system that uses key pads and swipe cards, school officials said. It eliminates security issues like students stealing and sharing ID numbers, losing their cards, or forgetting the numbers. The scanner is already being used by Pinellas County schools in the Tampa Bay area.

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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 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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The Muscogee County School District (MCSD) in Columbus, Ga. is taking a high-tech approach, using biometric palm scanning technology to assist students with meal purchases, according to a local news brief.

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