Sunday, October 01, 2006

The wonders of fingerprint technology

Via Postman Patel, an Indymedia article on just how well the Vericool fingerprint registration system is working at Impington Village College. Amongst other things:
Says one student, "if it stops working, the computer system crashes." And indeed, as another student reports, some three weeks before the Easter break the VeriCool system crashed, taking the entire school computer network with it in an information blackout. As a consequence, teachers had to revert to taking manual registers, if they took any at all, IT lessons became meaningless, and students could not borrow books from the library (somewhat ironic, as VeriCool claims that the system leads to increased borrowing). In the whole school there was only one computer that was available to the 1500 students. It took a further week after the Easter break to get the system running again.
Worth reading Postman Patel's blog on the subject of fingerprints, too: eg we hadn't realised that Anteon, the US defence firm responsible for Vericool, is a 'premier partner' of Capita


At Thursday, October 12, 2006 8:13:00 AM, Anonymous David C said...

I'm very concerned about the increasing use of biometrics in schools without informed parental consent being sought.

These issues should be openly debated, and the risks fully explained, before schools introduce such systems.


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