San Diego School District Brings Biometrics to the Cafeteria

San Diego’s Vista Unified School District is using biometrics to administrate school lunches, reports The San Diego Union-Tribune.

San Diego School District Brings Biometrics to the CafeteriaProvided by Educational Biometric Technology, the system, ID Connect, links students’ meal plans to their fingerprints. It has been installed at 19 of 22 schools in the district, and is now being implemented in the 20th, Madison Middle School.

School authorities say the technologies improves efficiency, with a previous PIN-based meal system having been “very problematic” for young students struggling to manage their credentials, according to Vista schools operations administrator Brock Smith. While some concerns have been raised over privacy and the security of biometric credentials, officials say that the biometric data is encrypted and is not stored by the system, and families can opt their children out of the program, with only four having done so thus far.

While such systems are certainly not commonplace, increasing numbers of schools in the US and elsewhere in the world have been experimenting with biometric student verification in the cafeteria.

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

May 5, 2017 – by Alex Perala