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03/26/08-Apple Springs

Fingerprint Scanning

by Tashun Chism

The lunch line moves a lot faster for apple springs isd students since they don't need lunch cards to buy food anymore. Thanks to a new system, now all they do is scan their finger.

Apple Springs ISD student Amanda Tipton said, "Everyone was going around saying, 'it's going to hurt and there's going to be static.' I was thinking, 'Um, I don't really want to do this!'"

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 was the first day students used the system, and they weren't the only ones nervous about it. Some parents were upset at first, thinking it would copy their chidren's fingerprints.

Jeffrey Schultz helped install the system. He said, "That's the frequent misconception. They are not maintaining finger prints in the system. It's just that we're scanning the finger."

"In no way would it be something that it could used to cause any worry about their confidential information being shared or stolen. It's completely safe," Apple Springs ISD Superintendent Gregg Spivey said.

Students scan their fingers on an electronic pad. The scanner picks certain points on each student's fingertip and assigns them a number. That way students can be indentified a lot easier, which saves everyone extra trouble.

"If you put your finger on there it's going to be you that's getting charged for the meal. There won't be any question as to whether you're someone else or that the cashier has charged you wrong," Spivey told us.

"The more food they have to put on the tray, it takes more time. But with the scanner they don't have to ask your name. It just flies right through," Apple Springs ISD student Jonathan Burke said.

In the past, everything was written down in a book to keep track of each student's meals and how much they owe. But now, all that information is literally at their fingertips.

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