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Kalani High next in lunch line to go biometric

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Sean Wong, Roosevelt High School principal, and Emi Tajima, an incoming 11th-grader, demonstrated Tuesday the school’s biometric ID system, which allows students to pay for lunches with a finger scan. The system, which does not involve fingerprints, uses a scanner that is hooked up to a laptop computer.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    IdentiMetrics, a company based in Jenkins, Pa., developed the technology. Its machines capture numerous specific points of a student’s fingertip using a scanner. Those points are translated into a binary number that is saved in an encrypted database and linked to the student’s school ID number.

Students at Roosevelt High School began using a biometric finger scan instead of regular ID cards to get their cafeteria meals last year, and Kalani High School will follow suit and adopt the new identification system this fall. Read more

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