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Biometrics offer more security to South Dakota childcare center


The Youth Enrichment Services building in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is taking advantage of the latest in security systems and will be using biometric technology in their facility for added protection.

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The extra layer of security is designed to ease parent concerns. A recent incident involving children in another Sioux Falls-area home day care facility has rattled both parents and the authorities which have led to the upgrade of current security systems in these facilities.

Generally, day care centers play host to a good number of families and monitoring these places are never easy for the staff and other personnel.
A biometric or fingerprint identification system is set to be installed at other Youth Enrichment Services centers in order to help maintain the level of safety for their wards. Several YES centers and Boys and Girls club already have had biometric access systems in place for the last two years. However, recent events have made the authorities and operators of the Sioux Falls building do a double take on their current security standards.

Only parents and building personnel registered into the system will be allowed to enter the facility. They must scan their fingerprints at the time of the entry or exit, which is logged into a database. On average, the Youth Enrichment Services center serves about 1,100 families every single day. This number more than doubles when an individual count is made as it will include building staff, parents and other adult family members.

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