New Jersey is shifting toward using biometrics to help manage some of its programs for the homeless, writes Civic Source Online.
The state’s Business Systems’ Eyemetric division worked with Fulcrum Biometrics on a biometric management system based on FbF modulare development framework. The state then tested this system in Bergen County.
The pilot program started in 2010 and used biometric fingerprint scans to monitor and track recipients of meal and shelter services. The program registered participants upon their first visit to a shelter, and on subsequent visits, they were able to access services quickly through scanning their finger.
The department’s database remained self-contained and did not connect to criminal or police databases. The department has been able to track success stories and have an accurate count of its recipients, which allows officials to better allocate funding.
From the results of the pilot, the state intends to roll out this type of tracking system statewide.
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