Nigel Walker, managing director of BioStore, explains the benefits for schools of investing in biometric technology
What are the benefits of using biometric technology for identity management?
Biometric technology provides fast and secure identity management, that makes solutions around a campus incredibly simple to use. Fingerprint scanning is a high-security solution that ensures accurate authentication within a second, and helps eradicate fraud from the system. For the administration team, time and money is saved. There’s no password management needed, and there is no need to spend money printing off new smartcards. From a student’s perspective, biometrics are as convenient as it gets. All a student ever needs is their fingerprint to access all the services they need.
Why is this particularly important for schools?
A biometric fingerprint is a powerful solution in education for the simple reason students and staff quite literally always have it to hand. There’s nothing we can do to stop students forgetting or losing their homework – but we can ensure the authentication they need daily to access all the services a school provides is never lost, stolen or forgotten. There is no down-time when a student can’t access essential services while waiting for a replacement card or password. Biometrics remove the cost and hassle that can be caused by other authentication methods, and ensure that students always use their own authentication, and not someone else’s.
What aspects of the school day can be made easier with BioStore?
One of the major advantages of a biometric system is the positive effect it can have on catering. Biometric cashless catering’s speed and accuracy can help greatly reduce queues and encourage more students to get a healthy daily lunch. Many other solutions can be integrated into a biometric identity solution as well, which can help deliver an extremely unified and simple experience for students and staff. Attendance, cashless catering, computer log-in, printing, vending machines, visitor management and library services can all be integrated.
How confident can schools, students and families be regarding the security of biometric data?
Security is essential in a biometric system. BioStore uses AES256 encryption at all times for the data in the system, which is internationally recognised as extremely secure. If the data fell into the wrong hands, they would not be able to read it. But more importantly, the data BioStore collects for its system is completely useless outside of the school’s system. An image of a person’s fingerprint is not saved by the system at any point. BioStore instead creates a template based off 40 to 60 minutia points on a finger. The rest of the image is discarded.
How easy is the transition for schools who decide to use BioStore for all its systems?
If schools already use a BioStore system for biometrics or card identification, expanding the system to include more applications is very simple. The same identity management information is used on the new licence and software, which can be set up by us or a partner. Setting up a biometric system for the first time, such as cashless catering, requires registration of all staff and students, and is typically achieved in one day (for schools under 1,000 students). Our wealth of experience ensures seamless integration with existing school systems, leaving schools with the ability to add and integrate more solutions as required.
To find out more visit biostore.co.uk.