Baylor University, Waco, Tex., installed biometric hand scanners at its Student Life Center last month to increase efficiency and security. It’s also more convenient for students since they no longer have to bring their ID card with them when they use the center.
When the user places his hand beneath the scanner, the machine records 31,000 reference points on the hand and takes more than 90 measurements of length, width, surface area and thickness. This information is then matched against a previously created profile to ensure that the student or faculty member is who he claims to be. This entire transaction takes place within a second.
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