Biometric scanners to reduce waiting in the lunch queue

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There is now a faster food service within reach of some local students. At first glance, you won’t notice anything different in the cafeteria at Westside High School. But at each checkout, students now pay for their lunch with their index.Video: Students use their fingerprints to pay for meals“A camera takes a picture of part of the fingerprint and creates a binary code which is stored said Diane Zipay, Director of Nutrition Services. out of their pockets and there are all kinds of issues associated with that or a student using someone else’s ID card. But students never lose their finger,” Zipay said. Students, however, have mixed feelings about the new system. “I think it’s cool and innovative,” junior Alec Reiley said. “At first it was really cool, but now it’s just awkward because the lines are getting really long,” said Sophomore Hannah Bowes “I think PIN is a lot easier in the sense of speed and time.” Either way, Zipay said it was the way to go and said the parents didn’t have to worry about their child’s fingerprints or identity being stolen.” We “I’m not here to identify students for any purpose other than to allow them safe access to their breakfast and lunch accounts,” Zipay said. So far, fingerprint readers are not used in Westside elementary schools. They are only in middle school and high school.

There is now a faster food service within reach of some local students.

At first glance, you won’t notice anything different about Westside High School’s cafeteria. But at each checkout, students now pay for their lunch with their index fingers.

Video: Students use fingerprints to pay for meals

“A camera takes a picture of part of the fingerprint and creates a binary code which is stored,” said Diane Zipay, director of nutrition services.

Zipay said the new system is in place to reduce the time students spend in the lunch queue.

“We’ve always made them have their school ID, and they lose their ID and they fish it out of their pockets and there’s all kinds of issues associated with that or a student who might use the school ID. someone else’s identity. But students never lose their finger,” Zipay said.

Students, however, have mixed feelings about the new system.

“I think it’s cool and innovative,” said junior Alec Reiley.

“At first it was really cool, but now it’s just awkward because the lines get really long,” sophomore Hannah Bowes said. “I think the PIN is much easier in the sense of speed and time.”

Either way, Zipay said it was the way to go and parents need not worry about their child’s fingerprints or identity being stolen.

“We are not here to identify students for any purpose other than to facilitate secure access to their lunch and lunch accounts,” Zipay said.

So far, fingerprint scanners aren’t used in Westside elementary schools. They are only in middle school and high school.

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