Biometrics Becoming Part of School Fabric

By Jim Nash

Three school systems, two in the U.S. and the other in Brazil are installing or updating biometric security system for students.

The U.S. state of Virginia’s Education Department has announced recipients for $12 million in state grants for security upgrades that will include access-control vendor Verkada cameras with facial recognition algorithms. It isn’t clear how many biometric surveillance cameras will be purchased but the money will update systems at 483 schools considered by state officials most in need of assistance.

A public high school in Maine this year is getting new finger scanners for tracking attendance. IdentiMetrics will install and set up the system, according to a letter to parents of Caribou High School students.

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Local media has questioned when school officials will publish its data security and management policies, neither of which are in the note to parents.

And in Brazil, facial recognition software maker Corsight AI says it has licensed its algorithm to hundreds of schools in the state of Alagoas. No financial and few product terms were released.

Corsight is working with Teltex, a camera and access-control vendor, on the project, which is expected to be completed by July.

Source: Biometric Update

Jim Nash is a business journalist. His byline has appeared in The New York Times, Investors Business Daily, Robotics Business Review and other publications. You can find Jim on LinkedIn.

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