eduKan and BioSig-ID make presentation during the Sloan-C Symposium

July 26, 2012 - 

Sloan Consortium is holding its fifth Annual International Symposium for Emerging Technologies for Online Learning in Las Vegas, Nevada between July 25 and 27. Expected to make presentations are Dr. Mark Sarver, CEO of eduKan, a consortium of colleges in Kansas, and Jeff Maynard, CEO of Biometric Signature ID (BSI).

Sarver and Maynard will shares the results of a pilot study conducted between May and December 2011 with eduKan students.

“We believe in being proactive and using technology that helps us leverage our current staff while expanding our capabilities,” says Sarver. “The risk-reward in adopting new technologies comes down to ‘the plan’ and we had a very methodical plan with clear goals and objectives that we were able to achieve and are excited to share at Sloan this year.”

Maynard said: “eduKan was concerned with the costs, ease of use, privacy, accuracy and accountability. BSI was excited to work with Dr. Sarver and knew our innovative technology would allow him to accomplish his goals, track the success of the project with documented milestones and show quantifiable results.”

The presentation highlights the 80 percent reduction in proctoring fees and other cost savings and long-term benefits eduKan gained in using BSI’s patented BioSig-ID system. The BioSig-ID system has received a 99.97 percent rating of accuracy (false positive rate) proof-of-performance validation from the Tolly Group’s independent testing lab, which exceeds NIST recommendations by a factor of three in the $12.6B identity and access management (IAM) authentication market.

As noted in the report, from the beginning of the pilot to the rollout for institution-wide usage, eduKan is now benefiting by:

1) Lowering operational costs for physical proctoring by 80 percent including faculty and staff time and physical management expense (8,000 + hours on average per year saved);
2) Reducing and eliminating proctoring costs for students – which can average $38 per proctored exam and $380 per year and helps reduce their overall cost of education;
3) Using a fixed fee structure for unlimited student ID authentications – under $15 per student per year which increases the number of validations now available to eduKan for the school term, not at final event time;
4) Ensuring student privacy by using the only biometric that can be revoked and reissued;
5) Offering easy to use technology with 94 percent positive user experience;
6) Decreasing student support needs while increasing ease of deployment for eduKan’s growing student enrollments as BSI can be used on any system, tablet, smart phone, Android, Mac or PC, Flash or HTML5 without installing any additional software or hardware; and
7) Utilizing the most accurate biometric validation system on the market with third-party test results indicating 99.97 percent accuracy rate for keeping impostors out.

Do you think other online institutions will adopt BioSig-ID technology?

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