University of Maine deploys palm vein scanners
10 January 2012 16:44 GMT

Vein recognition on the menu

The University of Maine has implemented palm vein scanner biometric software with its point-of-service (POS) software for student check-in at on-campus dining halls.

Seeking a biometric student identification system to efficiently and effectively track and manage dining hall traffic, the University of Maine turned to M2SYS' Hybrid Bio-SnapOn Platform and palm vein scanner, which uses vascular biometrics for accurate identification.

The deployment is expected to save thousands of dollars per by year by eliminating shared cards, a practice that has students share their meal plans at a price of $4,100 per academic year.

University officials chose the solution because it can be easily interfaced with its lunch line POS software, without any code-level development. The University also chose to deploy Bio-Hyperpliance, a scalable, hyper-threaded multi-biometric identification server designed for exceptionally fast matching speeds in biometric projects with larger databases.

Benny Veenhof, Director of Technology Management at the University commented: “We sought a solution that would eliminate the need for ID cards in our dining facilities, verify students quickly and accurately, and enhance the student dining experience. Considering the size of our database, adding the Bio-Hyerpliance server to our deployment has improved search speeds and ensured convenience for the entire system.”