Handheld scanners to replace student IDs at residential restaurant entrances – TommieMedia


A Wave ID scanner, located in the cards office, was used to enroll people into the system. A similar scanner will be installed at the entrances of residential restaurants this fall. (Justin Amaker / TommieMedia)

Students will no longer need to rely on their student ID to enter a dining hall starting this fall, thanks to new hand-held biometric scanners called Wave ID.

Food Services will install hand scanners in all residential restaurants on campus. Anyone with a meal plan will need to sign up for Wave ID, eliminating the requirement to present a student ID when entering the dining hall.

All first year students have been enrolled in Wave ID as part of the orientation process. Upper class students, faculty, and staff with meal plans can enroll anytime with a quick visit to the maps desk on the first floor of the Murray-Herrick Campus Center.

Food and beverage staff will also be in front of The View entrance during the first week of school registering people in the system.

A faster system
It’s one of many changes to restaurant services this fall, with a new unlimited meal plan, the hiring of a new executive chef, and more extensive hours and menu options.

“As we go to eat at will, more students may come in and out,” said Mitch Karstens, associate vice president of ancillary services. “Instead of having a block plan, where they count meals, someone can go four times a day, and we don’t want them standing in line four times a day.”

At The View, there will now be two separate lines to enter.

One line will be for students, faculty and staff with meal plans to scan using Wave ID. Once the person’s hand is shaken, a fully automated turnstile gate will open, allowing them to enter.

The other line will be for those using guest passes, eXpress, restaurant dollars, cash, or a credit / debit card. There will be a cashier at this line to assist customers.

The Binz refectory and new dining hall in fall 2020 will also have a similar system in place.

How it works

Journalist Justin Amaker signs up for the Wave ID system at the cards office. Starting this fall, anyone with a meal plan will walk into a dining room by scanning their hand. (Justin Amaker / TommieMedia)

When a person first signs up for the Wave ID program, they wave both hands through a biometric scanner, twice per hand. The reader then takes 16 random points from the entire hand and converts them into a pattern, a “set of 0’s and 1’s created from a mathematical formula,” according to an information sheet given to new registrants.

The images are stored on an internal server on campus, allowing the scanners to operate even when the campus internet is interrupted.

Biometric readers don’t scan or register fingerprints, which means Wave ID will still work if users are wearing a ring or bandage, or even for people with broken or amputated fingers.

“We’re not going to swipe the cards anymore,” said Pam Peterson, executive director of Dining Services. “Wave ID is expected to be the way you go (use your meal plan). “

If someone did not have the ability to scan one of their hands for Wave ID, food services would work with that person one on one to ensure that they are still able to use their meal plan. , Karstens said.

Justin Amaker can be contacted at [email protected]


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