St. Louis school deploys facial recognition system to improve security: IBIA case study

May 17, 2015 - 

The International Biometrics & Identification Association (IBIA) found that schools throughout the United States are increasingly using biometric technology for security and efficiency.

In a recently published case study, IBIA detailed how St. Mary’s high school in St. Louis has deployed Blue Line Security Solutions biometric lock system featuring facial recognition cameras to protect students, faculty and staff.

As previously reported, St. Mary’s became one of the first high schools in the country to deploy a facial recognition system.

The school’s administration previously uploaded the faces of students, teachers and other authorized personnel into the school’s biometric database.

Now, whenever an enrolled person approaches a door in the school, a facial recognition camera verifies that the individual is authorized for entry by comparing the captured face to the image stored in the database.
Administration can also add an undesirable persona to the database, such as disgruntled staff, abusive parents and known sexual predators, ensuring that the facial recognition system will identify these individuals and alert select staff via SMS or email.

One of the major factors that lead to St. Mary’s implementing biometric access control is the fact that the school is located in a neighborhood with a high crime rate.

“Biometric technology offers a cost-effective, reliable, safe and efficient way for school administrators to know for certain who is in their schools and that they receive the services they require and deserve,” said Jay Fry, president and CEO of identiMetrics. “At identiMetrics, we’ve been serving schools for more than ten years. We applaud the forward thinking administration at St. Mary’s who realize the importance of using biometric technology to significantly enhance the security in their school.”

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