Biometrics-based payment system coming soon for Singapore school kids

Singapore-based Coolpay has customized its biometrics-based loyalty and payment solution, Touché, for the school environment. The customized solution, which eliminates the need for cash, cards, wearables, vouchers or smart wallets by allowing payment through just two fingers, will be an upcoming feature of the POSB Smart Buddy program to facilitate a simpler payment experience for students. Students register their two fingers once on the device and link it through the POSB Smart Buddy program to their parents’ bank account. The

IdentiMetrics brings biometric tech to Pennsylvania school district lunch lines

In an effort to prove to the federal government that the district is actually serving the number of students that it claims to feed, the Hazleton Area school district in Pennsylvania has selected biometrics technology from IdentiMetrics. All students in the district have eaten free lunches and breakfasts since 2015 when the federal government implemented a program aimed at reducing hunger. Board President Jared O’Donnell explained that fingerprint records will be able to prove to the federal government that the

Ohio school piloting biometric solution by IDConnect

A school in Reynoldsburg, Ohio is piloting a biometrics-based identification solution by IDConnect to eliminate the need for student ID cards in the school cafeteria. According to local media, the pilot project starts April 11 and will involve students using a fingerprint reader in the lunch line to authenticate themselves, in the hopes of preventing lost ID cards or sharing of ID numbers. The software initially scans each student’s fingerprint to create and store individual templates of unique points of

Biometric technology strongly supported by U.S. consumers: CTA report

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has released a new report entitled Biometric Technologies: Understanding Consumer Sentiment, which captures consumers’ perception levels with various biometrics uses and settings, along with their trust levels with the organizations that are likely to manage biometric data. The report finds that as the number of consumer technology products with biometric sensors grows, 62 percent of U.S. adults who have used biometric technology are comfortable with it. Additionally, the research states that 58 percent of consumers

Islamabad schools introduce biometric time and attendance system for staff

Islamabad’s Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) will be introducing a biometric time and attendance system for both teaching and non-teaching staff at the 422 schools in Pakistan’s capital, according to a report by the Daily Times. A human resources management system (HRMS) is also being established. The biometric time and attendance system will give the FDE improved monitoring and centralized control over the educational institutions in the city by recording employees’ attendance, time response, productivity, performance and profile management in

EC funding project to identify and authenticate‎ post-secondary students

The European Commission is funding a three-year, US$7.7 million project to create an online evaluation system for universities. The project, entitled “Adaptive Trust-based E-System Assessment for Learning”, or TeSLA for short, aims to define and develop an online assessment system, or e-assessment, that both identifies and authenticates post-secondary students in learning environments. The system works to identify students and verify authorship of their academic work through a combination of state-of-the-art technologies, including: facial recognition, voice recognition, typing pattern recognition and

UK school using biometric technology to verify students identity and register attendance

Three UK boarding schools have chosen Croma Security Solutions‘ Fastvein finger-vein biometric technology to provide access control to the schools, verify students’ identities and register their attendance, according to a report in The Sunday Times. Chroma developed FastVein in partnership with Hitachi, which provides the finger vein authentication technology, to create a comprehensive identity recognition and access control software solution. Fastvein works by passing infrared light over the surface of the finger and highlighting the network of veins below the

UKAid to conduct biometrics registration exercise for 3,000 Kenyan schoolchildren

UKAid is supporting the Adolescent Girls Initiative- Kenya (AGI-Kenya) to conduct a biometric registration exercise in which it will register the fingerprints of 3,000 adolescent girls to record their daily attendance, according to a report by All Africa. Implemented by Save the Children, the biometric exercise will use inexpensive biometric technology to identify female students in 60 schools in Wajir County. Students who meet the required 80% school attendance record qualify for a bursary twice a term. The bursary will

San Diego school district’s facial recognition pilot program sees backlash

Parents in the Encinitas Union School District have been expressing their concerns regarding a new pilot program that will implement biometric facial recognition software on school-issued iPads to simplify the login process for students, according to a report by 10 News. The backlash comes after San Diego’s Encinitas Union School District recently announced it would introduce the facial recognition software, developed by Virtual Keyring. Jennifer Hamler, one of the student’s parents, has launched a change.org petition protesting the pilot program,

St. Louis-based high school installs facial recognition system

St. Louis-based St. Mary’s High School recently became one of the first schools in the nation to install a new biometric lock system that features facial recognition cameras, according to a report by the Stltoday.com. Currently in its second week of use, Blue Line Security Solutions Inc’s system includes cameras mounted between the double doors at the school’s two entrances. Students, faculty, staff, volunteers and other regular visitors have been able to gain entry into the building as they are