Boston University introduces CBORD biometric turnstile and ID card system

June 3, 2013 - 

Boston University has announced that it is now using a biometric ID card system from CBORD on its campus.

Specifically, the University is using CBORD’s  CS Gold campus card system and it will be used for the school’s card production, meal plan management, discretionary spending, privilege verification, laundry and vending utilities.

Reported in, biometric data of cardholders is contained on the card, and is an opt-in function for students. Those who don’t opt-in, will have to present ID cards to cashiers to verify their identity for purchases.

The new system features a turnstile and will require students to present their IDs and then verify identity by fingerprint. If the system determines the fingerprint matches the identity of the cardholder, understands that the student has a meal plan and that there is enough money in the account to complete a transaction, the turnstiles open.

Boston University isn’t the first school to introduce such as system. Reported previously, San Jose University in California has introduced a similar system from Natural Security and dining services firm Spartan Shops.

Likewise, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has partnered with Nexus USA to pilot a biocryptology payment system on campus.

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