Biometrics firms face up to online classroom cheating
09 September 2014 14:27 GMT

Currently online exams need to be administered either in person or with non-scalable “live video” monitoring.

Swiss-based facial recognition company KeyLemon and US e-learning firm eProktor have announced a partnership that aims to use facial biometrics to overcome the student authentication challenges presented by distance learning.

While corporate, online and distance learning together represent a multi-billion dollar market, strict proctoring rules must be followed to assure authenticity of bestowed credentials. This means that currently exams need to be administered either in person or with “live video” monitoring.

"In this market current practices require in-person attendance which is both costly and inconvenient.” stated Chett Paulsen, CEO of eProktor, “Online webcam proctoring using live people as monitors just cannot scale.”

KeyLemon and eProktor have partnered to create an automated face ID-based solution that the firms say will satisfy these requirements, potentially opening up new opportunities for learners and teachers.

For test proctoring, eProktor scales allowing customers to monitor more than 2,000 simultaneous test takers, with costs significantly less than human interface solutions. eProktor monitors each person 100% of the time throughout the test period, noting and recording discrepancies before providing a simple pass or fail in the students grade book.

Anthony Gioeli, VP of sales and marketing for KeyLemon, noted that the growing use of cloud-based data storage systems presents a challenge to password-based security systems.

“The emergence of the cloud as a convenient, cost effective solution for more than 1.1 billion people worldwide to share data, earn degrees and comply with government regulations requires better methods of verifying identity,” said Gioeli. “The ability to continuously verify identity and attendance without interrupting work flow provides a greater level of confidence in anything offered, earned or shared online.”

In June, KeyLemon, a developer of biometric ID and motion analysis technologies, revealed that it had entered into a partnership with US e-learning firm Blackboard.

KeyLemon said at the time that its biometric ID technology will give users of the Blackboard Learn system a seamless and rapid method of authentication that verifies identity for online test takers, improving administrative security and enhancing the online learning experience.