Sinton Independent School District in Texas will soon begin using fingerprint-based biometric systems on its school buses to ensure students board the right bus.
The staff at the district, located less than 30 miles north of Corpus Christie, recently was busy recording fingerprints for the systems, scheduled for installment on buses this week. Students will scan their fingerprint and the time clock will record the information and sync it to a Cloud-based system for parents and administrators to check.
According to an article, the school district paid $20,000 for three years for the system, built by uAttend. A small percentage of parents opted out of the program for identity theft concerns, though the biometric sign-in device does not take or store fingerprint images.
The district sent a letter to parents announcing the new system and clarifying that the devices used do not take or store an image of a student’s fingerprint, but scans a finger and converts the image to data that is tied to a student identification number.