US school to trial fingerprint programme
03 January 2018 19:46 GMT

Sutton Elementary School in Owensboro, Kentucky will be implementing a pilot program next school year that will digitally scan student fingerprints in an effort to make food lines more efficient.

The programme is "a fast, secure, high-performance finger image-recognition technology without the risk of personal privacy invasion," according to Kaitlyn Blankendaal, Owensboro Public Schools food service supervisor.

She said the program will be helpful for students because currently, as they go through the breakfast and lunch lines, they have to type in a six-digital personal identification number, which takes time. Lines slow down, and when an incorrect number is entered, or is forgotten, even more problems arise.

"Switching to finger scans will be more efficient," she said. "This is a much more secure way for students to go through (food) lines."

OPS Superintendent Nick Brake introduced the board of education to Biometrics during the December board luncheon and likened it to the fingerprint scanning software available on handheld devices, such as iPhones or iPads.

Sutton is one of the few schools across the state piloting this program, he said, and the state is paying for it.