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Iris Scanning For New Jersey Grade School

Discussion in 'Legal' started by rick_reno, Jan 24, 2006.

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  1. rick_reno

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    It's for the children.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20060124/tc_cmp/177103003

    When a parent arrives to pick up their child at one of three grade schools in the Freehold Borough School District, they'll need to look into a camera that will take a digital image of their iris. That photo will establish positive identification to gain entrance into the school.

    Funding for the project, more than $369,000, was made possibly by a school safety grant through the National Institute of Justice, a research branch of the U.S. Department of Justice. "The idea is to improve school safety for the children," said Phil Meara, superintendent, Freehold Borough School District, on Monday. "We had a swipe-card system that operated the doors, but the technology was obsolete."

    Installation of the iris technology began in October. The system is now operational after two months of testing. The Teacher-Parent Authorization Security System (T-PASS), a software application developed by Eyemetric Identity Systems, was installed on the front office computers at each of the three schools.

    It took software engineers about nine months to develop the platform. Two technicians were hired by the school board to provide IT support for maintenance and updates to the platform. School participation in the 18-month study is voluntary.

    Parents who have children that attend any of the three schools in the district, teachers who instruct students attending classes at the locations, and staff employees are assigned access rights. Each child can have up to four adults approved in the system.

    The platform provides entry-access controls, visitor management and the capability to scan a driver's license from 50 states and automatically import the information into the database. "The file size created when the camera takes a picture of the iris to match it against records in the database is about 512 kilobytes," said Raymond Bolling, co-founder of Eyemetric Identity Systems, a spin-off of New Jersey Business Systems Inc., which specialized in biometrics identification.

    The system takes a digital photograph of the iris, the color portion of the eye, each time a parent, teach or administrative and school employee gains access to the school. "The algorithm can map out up to 242 unique points in the iris," Bolling said. "A good fingerprint patch is anywhere from seven to 22 points."

    The algorithms for iris scanning are licensed through a LG Electronics from Iridian Technologies Inc. The software keeps a log and digital record or any visitor entering the school, which replaces a four-column paper spreadsheet.

    Global biometric revenues are projected to grow from $2.1 billion in 2006 to $5.7 billion in 2010, which includes iris scanning, according International Biometric Group. Iris scanning is emerging, albeit slowly. The research firm said iris recognition revenues are estimated to exceed $250 million by 2008.

    Eyemetric developed and deployed the iris recognition system using IrisAccess iris recognition cameras and software from LG Electronics, and Tailgate Detection Alarm Recording (T-DAR) anti-tailgating system from Newton Security. The hardware supporting the application is Hewlett-Packard & Co.'s ProLiant DL140 servers, along with HP dx5150 desktop PCs with Advanced Micro Device (AMD) processor, and Access Point for wireless networking from ProCurve Networking.
     
  2. Henry Bowman

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    New Jersey seems to love funding technological solutions in search of a problem.
     
  3. K-Romulus

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    great system

    Until it gets compromised . . .

    Notice I said "until," and not "if" . . .:uhoh:
     
  4. c_yeager

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    If the stated purpose of this new policy was to keep illegals out of the school system, about 90% of the conservative electorate would be right behind it...
     
  5. El Tejon

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    Henry, follow the money.:D
     
  6. WT

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    Henry - YOU are funding it. The school got the money from the feds. The feds got it from taxpayers ..... hence YOU.
     
  7. Pilgrim

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    When the scanner fails, does this mean all the children have to spend the night at school?

    Pilgrim
     
  8. Henry Bowman

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    Not sure how that would work...:confused: That's kind of a whole other issue, but I'm not aware of "illegals" sneaking into schools as students. Generally, schools are required to enroll them without penalty or risk of prosecution/deportation to them or their parents.
     
  9. TF_FH

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    How long do you think it will take until some troublemaker kid breaks the equipment or spraypaints the iris scanner?
     
  10. Molon Labe

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    Your question contains a typo. I corrected it for you:

    How long do you think it will take until some liberty-minded kid breaks the equipment or spraypaints the iris scanner?
     
  11. TF_FH

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    As much as I dont like the idea that they are doing, I don't recall any grade school kids having liberty in mind when they broke things. Mostly they just did it to piss off the teachers.
     
  12. captain obvious

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    How on earth could something like this possibly be justified for a grade school? Even the aformentioned swipe cards are just absurd.

    The place can't possibly be that popular.
     
  13. Molon Labe

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    True. But this is different.
     
  14. TF_FH

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    New Jersey schools think that by having these nifty toys, that it will solve problems. I went to high school in Bayonne, NJ not too long ago (I'm 22)
    They installed a card swipe system for all teachers and students, with magnetic lock doors. Only problem it solved is getting you to class faster so you didn't get locked outside when coming from the ice rink/tennis court area.

    Created a lot of broken doors though. Used to give them a good kick to get them open after the bell rang :D
     
  15. Standing Wolf

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    The nation's hard-earned tax dollars at play.
     
  16. Dead

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    Forget "your papers please", the new one will be "your eye please"... what next?? :cuss:
     
  17. geekWithA.45

    geekWithA.45 Moderator Emeritus

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    Not true.

    In 9th grade, we rewired and disabled the "silent listen" feature built into the schools public address system, while reciting the 4th amendment.
     
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