Schools in Canton, Ohio are deploying biometrics to ease the buying process for school lunches.
From this term, a new biometrics program will scan the student’s fingerprint and link the transaction to the student’s lunch account.
“Instead of punching in codes and kids remembering their codes, they put their fingerprints on it,” Superintendent Stephen Milano said to Indeonline.com.
“That fingerprint goes right there, then it brings in their name and picture.”
Canton Local operates three schools – Canton South High, Faircrest Middle and Walker Elementary.
Students at the elementary and middle school are not actually charged for meals as Canton Local is approved for the Community Eligibility Provision program.
“Because of the poverty rate,” Milano said. “We are up over 60 percent poverty rate here. There is no exchange of money at all at the elementary school or the middle school. It is free for everybody. We are in year two of a three-year program.”
“We create a template of the finger,” said Rick Killian, general manager of Esber Cash Register. “And then we assign a PIN number to the template. The PIN number will be assigned to the system. We are not storing fingerprints. It is not like a law enforcement application. The system puts a diagram on the finger. Then it assigns numeric digits.”