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Biometrics

We have been using biometric technology since our move to our new building in January 2013.  This system allows students and staff to use their fingerprint in order to access a range of facilities including cashless catering, printing and full use of the academy’s library. This information is stored using technology provided by Biostore.

Bio – what?

Biometrics authentication is the automatic recognition of a unique characteristic of a living being, for example; a finger image, iris, retina or DNA.  By measuring the physical features of this characteristic and then storing this within the Biometric system as digital signature data, a person can be identified each time there is a perfect match to the stored, original data.  This match happens when a student/staff member signs in (by placing the same finger used for the original image), using a scanner, similar to the picture below, each time they want to either purchase food/drink in the Café, use the printer or take a book out of the library.   If the comparison is positive, access to the appropriate application is granted.

A History of Biometrics

Biometric technology is now being used at many locations around the country. Banks, supermarkets and now even schools such as Kettering Bucceluch Academy are adopting this increasingly popular technology. Biometrics are not new, their roots have been traced back to ancient Egyptian times. The use of finger images as a security device started with Chinese officials using them to seal documents in the second century BC. Over the last few years the technology has begun to find favour commercially.  Whilst the use of Biometrics has been steadily growing over the last ten years, the past couple of years have seen an explosion in its development and usage.

 

Biometrics and Security

Students, parents and staff can rest assured that the fingerprint images cannot be used by any other source for identification purposes. The system uses an image of the finger to create a mathematical algorithm and then discards the finger image; only the numbers remain and these cannot be reinterpreted back into a finger image.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q             Why do you need to take my child’s finger image?

A             By taking an image of your child’s finger we can turn this information into a digital signature.

 

Q             Can finger images be used by any other agency?

A             No, the software we use turns your child’s finger image in to a mathematical algorithm. The image of the finger is then discarded. The information that is stored cannot be used to recreate an image of the child’s finger.

 

Q             What happens when my child leaves the School?

A             When a student leaves school all data can be deleted very easily.

 

Q             How does it work?

A             When the child places his/her finger on the scanner, the software matches their finger image with the unique digital signature held in the database.  This then allows access to either a printer, the library system or purchases within our Café.

If there are any further queries on this topic; please do not hesitate to contact us at enquiries@kba.uk.  We will be pleased to answer any queries you have and assure you of the benefits of this system.

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