FB pixel

Some schools still see a good tradeoff when looking at biometrics

Categories Biometrics News  |  Schools  |  Surveillance
Some schools still see a good tradeoff when looking at biometrics

Little has changed in the debate whether to use biometrics in schools. Some communities continue to reject them while others see a good investment.

Easily one of the more notable biometrics deployments – in schools or out – a Sydney, Australia, high school plans to mount fingerprint scanners at the entrances to outdoor student restrooms to both track children and deter vandalism.

According to The Guardian, administrators have been discussing biometrics security with parents, some of whom oppose the plan, for two years. Almost all students have voluntarily recorded their fingerprints already.

Children can request an access card prior to each visit rather than participate in finger-scanning. Each scanned print is turned into code that is compared to the fingerprint originally submitted. The original is not stored on school systems.

Opponents, including a program lead at Digital Rights Watch, say implementing biometric hardware and software is disproportionate to the stated goal. A data breach alone could have life-long consequences for students, according to the story.

In the United Kingdom, has issued guidelines, although not laws, designed to protect student biometric data.

In the United States, rural Marion County, West Virginia, schools are getting face biometrics-backed surveillance. The board of education this week voted unanimously to spend $180,000 on Rank One software and maintenance, according to The Fairmont News, following a pilot project.

Board members were sold on the prospect of identifying people in schools. Unidentified people would presumably be met and challenged. It also can stop unrecorded faces at school entry doors, according to the article

The U.S. market for biometric – or any other technology – that can keep children in U.S. schools safer has benefited from court cases making it easier for people to carry hidden firearms. Omdia forecasts an 8 percent annual increase in school security spending in the U.S. from $3.1 billion in 2021, EdWeek Market Brief reports.

Article Topics

 |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   | 

Latest Biometrics News


DHS awards SVIP contract to Procivis for decentralized identity software

Procivis AG, a subsidiary of Swiss institution Orell Füssli, has been awarded a tender through the U.S. Department of Homeland…


IDnow rides online betting wave from UEFA Euro Championship

IDnow is capitalizing on UEFA European Football Championship fever, registering over eight times more identity verification requests on sports betting…


Android 15 integrates biometric security across the board

In the latest Android 15 Beta 3 release, significant progress has been made in the area of biometric authentication. In…


Vote begins on biometric injection attack standard

Europe’s standard for biometric data injection attacks is on track to be published in October of this year, and could…


Police Scotland engages public on biometric data rights amid cloud storage concerns

Police Scotland has commenced the distribution of an information leaflet to all individuals in police custody who have their biometric…


‘Facial recognition is the easy part’: digital travel ID pilot results are in

Air travel has been getting more complicated. From security and passport checks to special documents such as COVID-19 certificates, passengers…


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Most Read This Week

Featured Company

Biometrics Insight, Opinion

Digital ID In-Depth

Biometrics White Papers

Biometrics Events