Schools in Taylor County in West Virginia are integrating biometric systems into their school lunch programs in an effort to stream line processes among other purposes, according to a Mountain Statesman article.
The Taylor County School System is using a fingerprint-based system developed by biometrics developer identiMetrics and has opened the option to parents to opt out.
The system, which is already in use at Grafton High School planned to go live at the rest of the schools in the county by the time the students return from Christmas break, will be responsible for both biometric enrollment and identity verification for students wishing to access their lunch account at the cashier in the cafeteria.
Officials from the school system have expressed hope that in addition to improving processes for the students buying lunches, that it will also ease ID issues for the students around the school and improve processes. The school district expects the system will save costs and time through removing the IT costs associated with issuance and replacement of ID cards.
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