Fujitsu, T&W Operations team up to develop school bus biometric physical access control

March 18, 2013 - 

Fujitsu Frontech North America has announced that it has teamed up with T&W Operations, Inc, an IT and logistics solutions provider to government and small businesses, to develop the ‘Kidtrack’ system to track the location of children on school buses before and after school.

The PalmEntry system is a secure, contactless biometric access control solution that authenticates identity.

“We looked at other methods of verifying student location and safety, but chose the Fujitsu PalmEntry system due to its high level of accuracy and ease of use in a bus environment,” Beau Bowden, president of T&W Operations said. “Over the next 12 months we plan on demonstrating the solution at a number of regional and national education conferences.”

The PalmEntry system is built on Fujitsu’s PalmSecure technology, which uses palm vein sensors to capture a user’s palm vein pattern, and creates a unique biometric template that is matched against the vein patterns of registered users.

“We are proud that T&W Operations, Inc., has chosen the Fujitsu PalmEntry access control system as one of the key components in the Kidtrack system,” Randy Fox, senior director, currency handling and identification product solutions, Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc. said. “The PalmEntry solution provides a high level of flexibility in the Kidtrack system, while ensuring security and privacy for the students. Parents and school administrators alike will have relevant and timely information when needed.”

Reported previously in, Fujitsu’s PalmSecure system has been in the news as its implementation at Carroll County public schools has been halted following complaints from the community. In addition, Republican state senator Joseph M. Getty has recently proposed a bill that would ban the gathering of biometric data from school children in Maryland.

The Sinton Independent School District in Texas has introduced a similar biometric system for its school buses.

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