Student Food Service Purchasing System
The Bexley City Schools Food Service Department is implementing a new technology to process student food service purchases in the 2019-2020 school year.
Students will purchase their food with the touch of their finger instead of using a 6-digit code. A finger scan will be collected for each student, this scan generates a unique pattern and code used to directly connect to a student’s food service account within one second.
This system does not collect or store images of fingerprints and the scanned pattern cannot be used to recreate a fingerprint in any way or by any entity.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Finger Scan Work?
A student’s finger is scanned by the finger scanner.
The computer develops a grid of intersection points around the unique swirls and arcs of the scanned finger.
A template is created by the software to show this unique intersection.
The software stores a set of numbers or a code that can only be interpreted as a template in the system.
Student returns to scan their finger to pay for their lunch.
In under one second, the computer compares the scan with the templates in the system and identifies the matching account.
How is this different than fingerprinting?
Law enforcement agencies that collect fingerprints capture rolled images of all 10 fingers which captures unique identifying points on the entire finger surface thereby collecting the maximum number of unique identifying points.
The student identification software scans flat images of one finger to create templates. This scan collects only the center of the finger and requires only a small number of unique identifying points to make a match. It’s purpose is to identify a student already enrolled in the software.
Can my fingerprint be given to anyone else?
There are no images of fingerprints stored in the system, the system only stores numerical representations of the unique points identified in a finger scan. This data cannot be used to recreate a fingerprint in any way.
Can my scanned data be used to re-create a fingerprint?
No. There is no way for any fingerprint expert or law enforcement agency or anyone else to take the numerical representations stored to reconstruct a fingerprint image from the data. There is no way to “reverse identify” a person.
Can my fingerprint be copied or used by anyone else?
No. It is impossible to duplicate or falsify fingerprints from the information stored by the computer system.
Are my finger scan templates available to anyone else?
No. This information is only stored and is protected by the system for Bexley City School use only.