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.NEC Brings Biometric Cafeteria System to Chilean Schools

The system has been deployed in 30 schools across three cities including Santiago, Chile’s largest metropolis, in cooperation with the National Board of Aid and Scholarships (JUNAEB). It uses fingerprint recognition to identify students and link meal orders to their individual meal program accounts. Whereas JUNAEB was previously struggling to administrate its meal program due to a lack of personnel, NEC’s system automates much of the process.

It does more than that, in fact. 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. It even lets them see the consumption habits of a single individual, helping them to make sure students are eating nutritiously.

While there have been a few examples of this kind of a ‘biometric cafeteria’ system in the US, NEC says this is the first of its kind in Chile. And in a statement announcing the deployment, NEC Chile CEO Gabriel Martinez called it a “trial program” that could lead to further deployments across Latin America.

March 8, 2017 – by Alex Perala