Education

Aadhaar to Be Integrated Into University Degrees

Aadhaar to Be Integrated Into University Degrees

India’s University Grants Commission is asking the country’s universities to start incorporating Aadhaar numbers into issued degrees. As with so many applications of India’s national biometric ID program, the move is meant to curb fraud. The UGC is asking that universities include students’ Aadhaar numbers together with their photographs in its degree certificates, which should…

NEC Brings Biometric Cafeteria System to Chilean Schools

NEC Brings Biometric Cafeteria System to Chilean Schools

“Given the reliability of biometric identification, it helps to ensure that one student isn’t fraudulent obtaining food beyond the proper allocation, and it offers administrators real-time data on food consumption.” NEC Chile has deployed a biometric system to help administrate school cafeterias. The system has been deployed in 30 schools across three cities including Santiago,…

Aadhaar Could Help Get Kids Back Into School: Safran

Aadhaar Could Help Get Kids Back Into School: Safran

As India’s biometric national ID program continues to grow and extend across the country, its benefits in areas ranging from everyday banking to transportation are becoming increasingly apparent. But it could also offer a transformative impact on deeper socioeconomic level, with the system being linked to a new program aimed at getting underprivileged kids into…

World’s First Automated Driving Test Uses Biometric Registration

World’s First Automated Driving Test Uses Biometric Registration

“…biometric scans are used for authentication just before the test is taken, helping to ensure that applicants aren’t getting other drivers to take the test for them.” Safran Identity & Security subsidiary Smart Chip has worked with Punjabi authorities to establish a pioneering, world-first project: A completely automated driving test for license issuance. Those applying…

SecureAuth Announces IT Security Education Program

SecureAuth Announces IT Security Education Program

Secure is starting its own in-house education program for employees, partners, and even customers. Dubbed SecureAuth University, it’s aimed at offering IT security education and certification. In a statement announcing the education program, SecureAuth suggested that it’s meant to address a lack of expertise in the field of IT security, citing a Gartner report that found…

News Roundup: What’s Next For Voice and Speech Recognition?

News Roundup: What’s Next For Voice and Speech Recognition?

Last week at FindBiometrics we featured an interview with Opus Research lead analyst and founder Dan Miller while voice and speech biometrics, forensics, payments tech, and more filled out the industry news headlines. Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in global identity management: What’s Next For Voice and Speech Recognition Opus…

Illinois School District Introducing Biometric Payments in Cafeterias

Illinois School District Introducing Biometric Payments in Cafeterias

A school district in the suburbs of Chicago is implementing a biometric payment system for school cafeterias, reports CR80 News. The system will let students of Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 order lunch items by scanning their fingerprints. It’s a system that is reportedly being embraced by other school districts in the area…

Aadhaar-Linked Teacher Tracking Expanding in Rural India

Aadhaar-Linked Teacher Tracking Expanding in Rural India

Authorities in another district council in India are pushing harder to extend biometric attendance tracking for schools in their jurisdiction, reports The Hindu. Last month, district council authorities in Karnataka state introduced an attendance tracking program linked to Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID system. The aim was to improve outcomes for students by ensuring that teachers were accountable…

Indian State Implements Biometric Attendance Tracking for College Faculty

Indian State Implements Biometric Attendance Tracking for College Faculty

“[Assam’s] education department issued a directive ordering that such biometric systems much be active by the end of the summer vacation, on August 1st.” Authorities in Assam, India, have mandated that the state’s colleges must install biometric readers for faculty attendance tracking. While many such devices had been installed as early as 2012, they had by…

Nigerian Students to Get Biometric ID Cards

Nigerian Students to Get Biometric ID Cards

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) is preparing to issue a biometric ID card, reports the Nigerian Tribune. Called the Nigerian Students Uniform Identification Card, or NSUID, it’s going to be issued to students both at home and in tertiary institutions abroad. NANS says its aim is to curb the issuance of fake IDs…

Indian Authorities Implement Tablet-Based Biometric Attendance Tracking for Teachers

Indian Authorities Implement Tablet-Based Biometric Attendance Tracking for Teachers

Authorities in the Zilla Panchayat, a district council in India, have implemented biometric time and attendance tracking for high school teachers under their jurisdiction. The system is, of course, linked to Aadhaar, the country’s biometric citizen ID program. In this case, it’s administrated via Android tablets equipped with thumb scanners. Teachers will have to register…

Biometric Student ID Solution Expanding in West Africa

Biometric Student ID Solution Expanding in West Africa

Together with West Africa-based integrator Vatebra, Credence ID is expanding a student ID project initially launched in Nigeria. The system uses Credence ID’s CredenceOne mobile fingerprint scanning devices to authenticate the identities of student test-takers. Explaining its success in the Nigeria deployment, Vatebra Managing Director Kunle Akinniran said the device “has become the first and…

Indian Student Hostels Ordered to Implement Biometric Authentication

Indian Student Hostels Ordered to Implement Biometric Authentication

The Social Welfare Department in the Indian city of Kolar is planning to bring biometric authentication to its student hostels. It’s a move aimed primarily at cutting down fraud, responding to recent reports that hostels had inflated their residents’ food needs in order to receive extra subsidies from the government. As such, the hostels have…

BioConnect Teams Up With Yardstick, a Canadian e-Learning Company

BioConnect Teams Up With Yardstick, a Canadian e-Learning Company

BioConnect has teamed up with Yardstick, an online education company, to enable biometric identification of students. BioConnect’s latest partner is a Canadian company offering e-learning and online examination services. And while such services are innovative by their nature, they’re also susceptible to the problem of identity fraud, since with traditional authentication mechanisms like username and…

INTERVIEW: John Che, President and CEO, ZKTeco

INTERVIEW: John Che, President and CEO, ZKTeco

Recently, Peter O’Neill, president of FindBiomterics, interviewed John Che, president and CEO of ZKTeco, a global provider of biometric access control and time & attendance solutions. The conversation begins with talk of how well the company performed in 2015 and the launch of its new division, ZKAccess. It goes on to detail the global markets,…

INTERVIEW: Gerry Bornhofen, President, iTouch Biometrics

Peter O’Neill, president of FindBiometrics, recently interviewed Gerry Bornhofen, president of iTouch Biometrics. The conversation begins with a briefing on the company and its FBI approved Accurate-ID multimodal biometrics software. Discussion then turns to how iTouch has made the user experience so intuitive on its flagship technology, the markets that it is targeting, and the growing need…

Biometrics Year in Review: The Dedicated Roundup

Biometrics Year in Review: The Dedicated Roundup

FindBiometrics’ 13th annual Biometrics Year in Review has reached its conclusion. The identity management industry’s longest running year end survey is an ambitious project and results in a great deal of content as our editorial team unpacks and deconstructs it all. This year, in order to keep you up to speed on the latest published results…

Biometrics Year in Review: The Role of Public Perception

Biometrics Year in Review: The Role of Public Perception

Last year was one of unprecedented visibility for biometric technology. With major innovations in mobility and consumer electronics bringing post-password tech to the masses, and with the increased international threat of terrorism once again spurring on the initiatives to biometrically secure borders, biometrics were among the mainstream topics of 2015. But with increased optics comes…

Biometrics Year In Review: Stationary Biometrics

Biometrics Year In Review: Stationary Biometrics

Last year was a big one for mobile biometrics. As we observed in previous entries in our 2015 Biometrics Year in Review, most of our survey respondents strongly agree that major tech companies like Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Google have played a major role in bringing biometrics into everyday life. Much of that biometric championing…

Aadhaar to Help Sort Students in State School System

Aadhaar to Help Sort Students in State School System

Authorities in Karnataka state, India, are looking to use the country’s Aadhaar cards to ensure that parents do not enroll children in schools outside of their municipal districts. Indian children are currently entitled to free education under the country’s Right to Education (RTE) Act, but they must accept seats in the municipal wards of their primary…

MorphoTrust CSO to Advise on Brandeis University Curriculum

MorphoTrust CSO to Advise on Brandeis University Curriculum

MorphoTrust USA‘s Chief Security Officer is joining Brandeis University’s Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) advisory board. It’s a panel of executives from a range of companies, universities, and other organizations tasked with advising on how to ensure that the university’s curriculum content aligns with the needs of students’ prospective fields of work. MorphoTrust’s Dennis Kallelis was…

Mahatma Gandhi University Staff Agree to Biometric Attendance Tracking

Mahatma Gandhi University Staff Agree to Biometric Attendance Tracking

India’s Mahatma Gandhi University is going to start testing a biometric time and attendance tracking system for staff starting January 1st. A thorough administrative process has been agreed upon, with the university’s Registrar being at the top of the hierarchy in terms of managing the system, but it isn’t yet clear what modality (or modalities) will…

News Roundup: The 13th Annual Year in Review

News Roundup: The 13th Annual Year in Review

Last week at FindBiometrics we kicked off our 13th annual Year in Review while mobility and innovation were at the front of the headlines. Government applications makes up a good portion of the news too, and we featured an interview with Joe Rosenkrantz, CEO of FaceFirst. Here is a look back on the top stories…

Texas School District Moves Biometric Attendance Tracking to the Cloud

Texas School District Moves Biometric Attendance Tracking to the Cloud

Texas’ Galveston Independent School District has upgraded its biometric time and attendance tracking system. Provided by Kronos Incorporated, the school district’s Workforce Central system has now been moved to the cloud via Kronos Cloud. The system is used to track employee attendance via biometric time clocks, with Galveston having been a longtime customer. By moving…

News Roundup: Biometrics In Banking

News Roundup: Biometrics In Banking

This past week at FindBiometrics: Financial Biometrics Month continued as we examined the benefits of biometric banking and released new videos from the recent Money20/20 conference. In the news we saw novelty, innovation and diversity when reporting on new products and integrations, while Q3 2015 reports kept trickling in. Here is a look back on…

India’s Panjab University to Roll Out Biometric Attendance Tracking

India’s Panjab University to Roll Out Biometric Attendance Tracking

India’s Panjab University will soon introduce a biometric time and attendance tracking system for campus staff, the university’s officials have announced. According to The Indian Express, the system will be based on fingerprint scanning and facial recognition. At its outset, it will only be used to track non-faculty staff, but Panjab University officials have indicated…

Indian Teachers Protest Biometric Attendance Tracking

Indian Teachers Protest Biometric Attendance Tracking

Protesting teachers are staging a major sit-in at India’s Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology. About 150 teachers participated in a demonstration against the government’s proposed implementation of biometric attendance tracking. According to the Business Standard, the Guru Jambheshwar University Teachers Association (GJUTA) has called the state’s measure “anti-academic and anti-teacher,” while GJUTA President Dr. Anil Kumar…

Iritrans System Aims to Automate Schoolbus Head Counts

Iritrans System Aims to Automate Schoolbus Head Counts

Following the tragic death of a special needs student who died after being left unattended for hours on a school bus in California, the Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency, JPA is starting a pilot project that will see biometric technology used to automatically identify students using a special needs bus. The project will rely on…

Education Month: The Roundup

Education Month: The Roundup

August is quickly coming to a close and with it goes Education Month at FindBiometrics, a four week event in which we placed a special focus on biometrics in schools. In our featured articles section we examined the overall education sector based on recent news, delved into the controversy that can plague implementations of student…

News Roundup: A Big Week For Fingerprints

News Roundup: A Big Week For Fingerprints

Last week at FindBiometrics we continued our month long focus on biometric technology in schools while the industry news contained an abundance of important fingerprint recognition items and big headlines concerning law enforcement. Here’s a look back on last week’s top identity management news stories. Law Enforcement The FBI’s Rap Back system – a major…

Ohio School District Pilots Biometric Meal Access

Ohio School District Pilots Biometric Meal Access

Schools in Westerville, Ohio, are piloting a biometric payment system for their cafeterias. At a cost of $3,731, three schools in Westerville City School District – which itself is comprised of 24 sites including 21 schools – are currently testing out fingerprint scanning devices at their cafeteria POS terminals. The biometric terminals are essentially replacing the function of students ID…

Education Month: 4 Unique Deployments

Education Month: 4 Unique Deployments

August is Education Month at FindBiometrics in which we are taking a closer look at the use of biometrics in schools. Last week we examined the controversy that tends to follow biometric deployments in schools, focusing on the Florida controversy and how the commercialization of strong authentication may aid in future acceptance of the tech.…

Biometrics in US Education Sector To See Significant Growth

Biometrics in US Education Sector To See Significant Growth

Biometric technology is booming in the US education sector, according to a new report from market research firm TechNavio. Looking at a forecast period of 2014-2019, TechNavio’s researchers predict that the market sector will grow at a rate of 23.65 percent (CAGR). In a synopsis, lead analyst Raj Kumar asserts that the technology is most…

Education Month: The Kids Are Alright

Education Month: The Kids Are Alright

Controversy In The Classroom Few debates over biometrics get as heated as those that happen in the realm of education, and for good reason: children are the future after all, and they are the one of the only demographics that relies on other people to make consensual decisions on their behalf, which places a lot…

FBI Opens Research Center Amid Biometrics Boom

FBI Opens Research Center Amid Biometrics Boom

The FBI is opening a new biometrics research center as the technology continues to take off among both government and the private sector. Outlining the development in a new report, market research firm TechNavio explains that the FBI Clarksburg campus’ new Biometrics Technology Center will “serve to cement biometrics as an integral part of our modern…

News Roundup: Education, Facial Recognition, Innovation

News Roundup: Education, Facial Recognition, Innovation

Last week at FindBiometrics we began our featured look at biometrics in education while facial recognition was the modality that made the most headlines. That was partially thanks to some continued industry controversy, which we covered as consumer and government applications rounded out the news. Education and Identity August marks the start of back to…

MorphoTrak to Offer Facial Recognition Training

MorphoTrak to Offer Facial Recognition Training

MorphoTrak (Safran) is going to be offering vendor-independent face comparison training, the company has announced. Interested parties will have the opportunity to participate regardless of what specific facial recognition software they are using, allowing the company to help fill what it calls “an acknowledged gap in the field of computer-aided face recognition and facial identification.” The training…

INTERVIEW: Bruce Hanson, CEO, Credence ID

Interview with Bruce Hanson, CEO, Credence ID Mobile ID World President Peter O’Neill recently spoke with Bruce Hanson, CEO of Credence ID. Credence has had quite a year so far, with new product launches, major recognition and deployments all across the globe in a range of vertical markets. The following interview begins with a look…

Indian State to Implement Biometric Attendance in Schools

Indian State to Implement Biometric Attendance in Schools

The Minister for Education in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has asserted that a biometric system is going to be deployed in all schools in the state. Details such as modalities used are not yet clear, but Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao suggested that it would take the form of a time and attendance tracking…

San Diego School District Cancels Biometric Login System

San Diego School District Cancels Biometric Login System

An initiative to have some students in San Diego schools log in to their school-issued iPads via facial recognition has been unceremoniously canceled. The Encinitas Union School District terminated the contract in late June. Initially, the idea was to have a single, easy-to-use authentication process for students using the iPads, since there had been issues…

Integrated Biometrics Tech To Track Teachers in Pakistan

Integrated Biometrics Tech To Track Teachers in Pakistan

Integrated Biometrics technology is helping the Pakistan Education Department to identify teachers in remote villages, the company has announced. Pakistani authorities are using the company’s Columbo fingerprint scanner to match the identities of 150,000 teachers in rural and remote areas against its own database. The project is funded by the World Bank, with the Integrated…

Credence ID to Authenticate Nigerian Students

Credence ID to Authenticate Nigerian Students

Credence ID is going to provide the authentication technology for state-administered student examinations in Nigeria, the company has announced. The contract comes by way of Fleet Technologies, an IT leader in the West Africa region. The contract will see a thousand of Credence’s CredenceOne mobile fingerprint sensor devices deployed, allowing the state to virtually eliminate…

ZKAccess Launches Biometric Access Control Course

ZKAccess Launches Biometric Access Control Course

RFID and biometrics solutions provider ZKAccess has launched a new, three-credit course on Advanced Biometric Access Control, the company has announced. The course is CEU-accredited, and is meant to help physical security integrators to advance their knowledge beyond traditional card access systems. As biometric technology continues to find its way into everyday life and applications, the…

Biometrics to Boost Remote Proctoring

Biometrics to Boost Remote Proctoring

A remote education technology provider is implementing a biometrics system to authenticate students’ identities and make remote proctoring more effective. Instructure will integrate Verificient Technologies’ authentication solution into its Canvas Learning Management System, providing shared clients of both companies with the new authentication platform, called, Proctortrack in Canvas. In a press release, Verificient described its…

IBIA White Paper Highlights School’s Biometric Security

IBIA White Paper Highlights School’s Biometric Security

The International Biometrics & Identification Association (IBIA) has issued a new white paper on the use of biometric technology in school safety in St. Louis. The paper (included below) details how St. Mary’s high school has implemented a facial recognition system to identify individuals on or approaching the school premises. The system is used for…

Time & Attendance Month: The Primer

Time & Attendance Month: The Primer

Biometric technology, in addition to making for excellent security, can bring efficiency to people tracking operations. Thanks to its ability to verify the identity of an individual, biometric tech can keep track of time and attendance better than old fashioned pen and paper, shared spreadsheets, or the terribly flawed honor system. Throughout the month of…

iPad Facial Recognition Coming to San Diego Schools

iPad Facial Recognition Coming to San Diego Schools

A San Diego school district is launching a pilot program to have students log onto their school-issued iPads via a facial recognition system, according to a Breitbart article by Merrill Hope. The system, provided by a company called Virtual Keyring (VKR), is intended to save time, as students are continually forgetting their passwords and in…

Facial Recognition Deployed at St. Louis High School

Facial Recognition Deployed at St. Louis High School

Facial recognition cameras have been installed at several entrances of St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis for security reasons. According to an article by Christine Byers for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the biometric system is being used in an access control capacity and has the ability to notify staff if unauthorized personnel are on…

Kids to Scan Fingers For School Lunches

Kids to Scan Fingers For School Lunches

Many K – 12 students will soon be scanning their fingers to get lunch at school, as Harris School Nutrition Solutions (Harris) has contracted a biometric system to implement into its eTrition system which is in place in numerous school districts in the US. The Finger Scanning ID System will be provided by biometric school…

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