Texas college enrols 50,000 in biometric signature ID
02 March 2016 14:45 GMT

Biometric Signature ID’s biometric identification software BioSIg-ID is now being used by over 50,000 students at Central Texas College in Killeen, Texas, the company has revealed.

The security software authenticates students prior to logging in to the school’s learning management system (LMS). The tech ensures that students login with a hand-drawn password that cannot be duplicated by anyone else.

In a statement, Biometric Signature ID noted the rollout to 50,000 students includes monitoring capability with the software’s forensic suite that gives the college early warnings to potential fraud and dishonesty. 

A 2014 Office of Inspector General (OIG) report on distance learning challenges had recommended the elimination of insecure PIN and password identification.

Because of a far flung student population, the college needed a way to ensure their students were who they said they were. It wanted to eliminate the possibility of login credentials being shared for cheating.

Meanwhile, the college also wanted to avoid the rising loan fraud which drove the OIG mandate. This fraud is characterized by fake students dropping classes before the Census Date, allowing fraudsters to pocket loan monies with little chance of recovery by schools.