School dinners on the biometrics menu
Canteens pose particular problems with their high number of food-encrusted fingers, but advances in subcutaneous scanners, which examine the tissue directly beneath the cutis, seem to be the answer. Adopting this technology can help schools reduce bullying for tuck money and prevent pupils on free meals from being stigmatised.
Schools must also be reminded that until children are about 14, their fingers will grow so fast that it's unlikely their fingerprint signature will be the same 12 months later, so schools in the United States have introduced an annual biometric re-enrolment of pupils. This "data-cleansing" should be adopted for all UK schools to reduce failure rates and allay security fears.
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