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CES begins new lunch scanning system

By Calen McKinney, Public Information Officer
Campbellsville Independent Schools (CIS)

Campbellsville Elementary School recently began using a fingerprint scanning system for students when they eat in the cafeteria.

When students get their free breakfast and lunch from the serving line, they will place their finger on a scanner, which will identify the student.

According to Campbellsville Independent Schools Food Service Director Jeff Richardson, the biometric finger scanning identification program is being used to provide security to studentsí cafeteria accounts, eliminate clerical errors and to provide students an easy way to identify themselves.

In a letter written to parents, Richardson writes that CES is using identiMetrics software because it is fast, accurate, cost-effective and non-intrusive.

Richardson recently spent several days at CES explaining the system to students and scanning their fingerprints.

In his letter, Richardson writes that the software scans a fingerprint to create and store an individual template to identify each student. When the fingerprint matches the student, they are identified.

Richardson writes that the software only scans the fingerprint for identification, and doesnít store a copy of the fingerprint. Instead, the software creates a template of the fingerprint, and, when scanning, uses the schoolís database to match the template to the fingerprint.

He writes that the templates are subject to the same high level of security as all student records.

When a child is no longer enrolled at CES, the template will be deleted. Fingerprints are never stored, Richardson writes, nor can they be recreated or delivered to any agency.

The scanning process starts with a student placing their finger in the biometric finger scanner. The software develops a grid of intersection points from the swirls and arcs in the finger. Then, a template is created. The fingerprint image is destroyed and the template is converted into a binary number. That number is encrypted and stored.

When a student scans his or her finger again, the software compares the studentís fingerprint to the templates in the school database. The process takes less than a second to complete.

At this time, there are no plans to use the system at Campbellsville middle or high schools.

For more information, call Richardson at 270-465-4165

This story was posted on 2016-01-14 05:48:37
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