Australian college installs fingerprint tech
20 February 2018 15:52 GMT

Ellenbrook Secondary College in Western Australia is having a new biometric technology system installed to manage student attendance and communicate with parents.

The school is only the third public school in to take on the new technology.

College principal Peter Havel said the school’s board approved the use of the new system, known as Academy, in late November.

“The way the system works is to record student attendance quickly and accurately by placing their finger or thumb on the scanner,” he said.

“The students sign in and select a reason that they are either late to school, leaving school early or seeing the school nurse, for example.

“The software identifies the student from their finger or thumbprint characteristics, but it does not keep a record of their entire finger or thumbprint.