September 4, 2013 -
ePortation has just announced the launch of MyKidSecure, a new biometric identification system for monitoring student attendance and activity through schools, which uses palm vein scanning technology from Fujitsu.
“The information collected by MyKidSecure has uses far beyond simple time of arrival and/or departure,” Paul Labow, president and CEO, ePortation said. “For example, if there is an emergency requiring school evacuation, the mobile MyKidSecure units can be used to rapidly muster children and staff, providing first responders with real-time information about who has been evacuated and, more importantly, who has not.”
Specifically, MyKidSecure uses Fujitsu’s PalmSecure infrared vein scanning technology.
Also, integrated into the new system is a provision for bust transportation that shows schools and bus operators with real-time data on students boarding and disembarking from school buses. Through this function, parents can also be notified via SMS that their child has arrived safely.
“We’re delighted that ePortation has selected Fujitsu’s PalmSecure technology as the key enabler for MyKidSecure,” Randy Fox, senior director, currency handling and identity product solutions, Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc. said. “Given recent events, it’s more important than ever that school administrators, staff and parents are able to know the location of their children throughout the school day.”
PalmSecure technology is also being used in many other school scenarios. In particular, Fujitsu teamed up with T&W Operation to develop the KidTrack system, which also tracks the location of kids on school buses before and after school.
Children and biometrics are a tenuous combination at best, and many recent objectives combining the two have been hotly contested, though there have been some successful applications. BiometricUpdate.com has looked at the success and failure of some of these programs, through the lens of school cafeterias. Read the full feature here.