Iris scanning machines are becoming the new form of school identification, replacing traditional ID cards that can be lost or falsified.
This coming fall, several schools will be employing iris scanning security technology to identify their students, CNN Money reports
Freshman at South Carolina's Winthrop University will in addition to receiving ID cards, be the first underclassmen to use the new technology at the school in June.
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"Iris scanning has a very high level of accuracy, and you don't have to touch anything," said James Hammond, head of Winthrop University's Information Technology department, CNN reports. "It can be hands free security."
The technology will be provided by the New Jersey-based security company Iris ID.
In addition to gaining access to school buildings and events, Iris scanning machines are also being deployed on elementary school buses courtesy of the South Dakota-based Blinkspot manufactures.
The machines reportedly resemble binoculars and will beep if the child is on the correct bus. If the child winds up getting on the wrong bus the device honks, according to CNN.
Additionally, Blinkspot scanners also alert the student's parents when their child is on the bus and when and where they have exited it via a mobile app that uses Google Maps. The child's location is then texted or emailed to the parent.
According to industry observers, biometric technology such as Iris-scanners will become increasingly prevalent throughout society as the technology becomes faster and cheaper to produce, reports CNN.
As a result, having to remember various pin numbers to access one's bank accounts will no longer be necessary. Instead, a quick blink of the eye will allow you to gain entry.
"Imagine a world where you're no longer reliant on user names and passwords," Anthony Antolino, CMO of Eyelock – another iris scanning company, told CNNMoney. "If we're going through a turnstile and you have authorization to go beyond that, it'll open the turnstile for you, if you embed it into a tablet or PC, it will unlock your phone or your tablet or it will log you into your email account."
Developed for use at the airport, Eyelock's security technology can process up to 50 people per minute, CNN reports.
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"You walk through without stopping, you look at the camera, it recognizes you in less than one second," Antolino added. "In the case of customs, by the time you approach the customs agent your profile would pull up and present your documents for authorization."
In an attempt to ease the concerns expressed by privacy advocates, iris scanning companies say all the data they collect is encrypted and owned by the individual businesses that employs the technology and not the tech company itself.
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