Can Biometrics be Used in Schools?
There are increasingly more companies that are using biometric technology instead of passwords or keys since it typically has higher success rates and better security than more traditional methods.
Biometrics essentially use the unique individual traits of a person such as a fingerprint, retina, or various facial features in tandem. Using this method can often be better than passwords since passwords can be forgotten or stolen easily.
There has been a large debate in recent times on whether or not the technology can be employed in K-12 schools.
One argument in favor of the technology states that it would make security more secure as well as save large amounts of time. At lunchtime for example, students who receive free lunch or have specific diets, could scan a fingerprint and then be given their correct meals in a fraction of the time it would normally take.
Biometrics could also be used for uses such as library checkouts, school charges, bus drop-offs and many more. It could also be a large benefit to attendance as keeping track of students is a difficult task.
One of the downsides and arguments against the technology is that there are ways to acquire the students biometric data without using the body part that it is tied to. Since the biometric data is only tied to a bunch of numbers, the code could be taken and the system breeched. This is essentially a small loophole, but one solution to this is the biometric data with a pin that only the student knows. This would ensure another layer of security to help avoid any loopholes in the system.
One of the other arguments is that with behavioral tracking, students may be in fear of being tracked, and grow up thinking its normal.
There is a lot to be done before this technology can be accurately employed, but only time will tell whether or not it is a viable solution.