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Iris ID iCAM7100

What is itThis is a biometric terminal that controls visitor flow into a school while tracking student and faculty attendance.

How does it work?  Using the combination of an eye scan and pin number, these terminals eliminate the potential errors associated with manually calculating student and faculty hours. These readers also eliminate costly “buddy punching,” because biometrics identify a person based on his/her unique physical characteristics.

iris scannerHow hard is it to use? While the process of scanning all student and faculty eyes is laborious, once the data are collected, using the terminals is very easy. Anyone attempting to gain access to the school must scan his or her eye and enter a pin number.

How well does it work? It does what it says it does. As schools continue to struggle with ID badges and other means for recording student attendance, the Iris ID terminals make it increasingly difficult to circumvent tracking. The added security benefit makes them even more attractive to administrators.

How do I use it in the classroom? These are designed for use school-wide, rather than in individual classrooms. With that said, everyone in the school community stands to benefit from better security.


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