Students at numerous public schools in Pennsylvania will soon be scanning their fingers to get their cafeteria lunches.
The technology comes by way of IdentiMetrics, which will provide fingerprint recognition technology to the Hazelton Area School District, reports the Standard Speaker. The contract, valued at $8,887, was approved by the school board last week, with the finger scanning system set to come into play next year.
IdentiMetrics has won praise from other clients in the education sector. West Virginia’s Wood County Schools, for example, has also implemented the biometric technology, and Director of Food Services, Beverly Blough, attests that “foodservice staff mastered the program easily”, and that it has made cafeteria lines faster and helped to ensure students get their meals without the kinds of difficulties that used to arise from forgotten or lost student cards. Likewise the technology administrator of Newark’s Lady Liberty Academy Charter School, Eric Patton, says IdentiMetrics’ technology “has sped up the lunch lines tremendously.”
But the technology doesn’t just help to make cafeterias run more efficiently: It also provides a reliable means for schools to report their food services to the federal government.
The deployment reflects a growing interest in such biometric solutions in the education sector more broadly, and demonstrates that such technology can affordably offers its benefits even to small town school district’s, with Hazelton’s comprising a population under 80,000.
Source: Standard Speaker
July 17th, 2017 – by Alex Perala