Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

School's New ID System Is Blinkin' Great!

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

School's New ID System Is Blinkin' Great!

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Byline: By Jane Picken

Futuristic technology will be introduced at a school to allow students to buy lunch and borrow books in the blink of an eye.

Venerable Bede Secondary School in Ryhope, Sunderland, is set to install an iris recognition system which can identify people by scanning their retina.

Scanning machines will be installed in the school's canteen and library and, as a student approaches, their eye will be photographed.

A computer will then bring up their individual account, containing information about cash credit for lunch or enabling them to take out a book.

The system will be permanently installed as part of a pounds 14 million plan to create a new state-of-the-art school campus for the Venerable Bede School, to be completed by September 2003.

Students and staff have decided to try the technology rather than using a swipe card system, as cards can be easily lost.

Assistant headteacher David Airey said: "We think iris recognition will be more cost-effective in the long term than cards which need to be replaced and reissued, and students do have a tendency to leave their cards at home. …

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