Companies, Governmental Institutions, Educational Institutions across the board are investing time and money in Biometric technology in order to make their environment safer and more reliable. Depending upon their needs, companies can choose from a wide variety of Biometric technologies available, which include Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners, Palm Readers, Facial Recognition, and Voice and Speech Recognition and so on.
How Biometric recognition works?
Biometric recognition technologies record traits that are unique to an individual and use this data to identify whether a person is authorized to do what he claims to do. The traits that are used to make an identification include vascular patterns, hand print, fingerprint, voice patterns and so on. This information can be used by the employer to control access to strategic areas, improve attendance and for logical access control. Used in a proper manner this technology can be used to improve productivity and reduce cases of absenteeism.
Biometric Fingerprint Reader is one such device which helps in making identification, using the unique set of ridges on the underside of the finger. This technology is foolproof because fingerprints are unique to every individual. According to experts, even two identical twins with the same DNA would have a different set of prints. Fingerprint Reader captures the fingerprint image and the fingerprint recognition algorithm measures the difference between ridges and valleys using a sophisticated sensor. In order to make a print the individual has to place (or roll) his fingers on the sensitive area of the reader. This technology can be used to protect data, for example the USB Fingerprint Reader can be plugged onto the computer in order to control access to data.
Biometric attendance to reduce absenteeism in the teaching fraternity
Governments and educational institutions are increasingly relying upon Biometric Finger Attendance in order to decrease cases of absenteeism. According to World Bank report, schools in Punjab were suffering because of high levels of absenteeism in the teaching fraternity. Once this project is implemented, schools in the rural heartland will be connected to a central server through the Global Positioning Remote System technology. The initial phase of the plan would involve installing the biometric system in 100 schools across 20 districts. The central server will be maintained at the Sarv Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) office at Chandigarh. The project will be funded by the SSA, who will pay Rs 32000 for installing the biometric system at each school and Rs 500,000 for the centrally located server.
Students at the Hefner Middle School to use fingerprint Readers to pay for lunches
Schools across the US are using Fingerprint Readers in order to create a hassle-free environment for the students. One such school, Hefner Middle School, allows the students to pay for their lunch using finger reading technology. The technology helps the student to access their account directly through a finger scan, dispensing with the need to carry school issue meal card. Jennifer Strong, director of food services and child nutrition, said that the technology was impressive and the kids would adopt it readily as it had a cool factor.
The students have taken to the new technology like duck to water. Dupree Millhouse, 12, was pleased that Hefner Middle School was the only school in the district with this technology. She was seconded by Sylvester Parrish, 12, who said that the system made it easier for youngsters like him as they did not have to carry the meal cards with them all the time.