identiMetrics & BIO-key(R) Provide Biometric Finger Scanning for School Food Service Nationwide

WALL, N.J. and FLOURTOWN, Pa. , Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BIO-key International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), a leader in finger-based biometric identification and wireless public safety, and identiMetrics, Inc., the leader in providing...


WALL, N.J. and FLOURTOWN, Pa. , Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BIO-key International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), a leader in finger-based biometric identification and wireless public safety, and identiMetrics, Inc., the leader in providing biometric finger scanning ID for schools, announced today a new release of its already popular biometric finger scanning identity solution that quickly and accurately establishes the identity of students entitled to participate in free and reduced lunch programs nationwide.

School officials anticipate increased participation in the federal government's $7 billion per year free and reduced lunch program as a result of the economic downturn. In order to meet the anticipated increased demand, food service directors nationwide are implementing the identiMetrics biometric student identification system, identiFi(TM), in their cafeterias. This solution, installed in over 1,000 schools in more than 30 states as well as Guam , Australia and Nigeria , works with any cafeteria point-of-sale software. In addition to increasing reimbursements and saving money, especially important in these challenging times, identiFi(TM) can improve the operations throughout the school. Utilizing BIO-key's award winning VST(R) biometric technology, the system delivers rapid, highly accurate and secure student identification, eliminating the need for students to present ID cards, remember passwords or account numbers. Since no fingerprints are taken or stored, the privacy of the students is ensured.

Jay Fry , CEO of identiMetrics and a former school principal, acknowledges the growing use of biometric finger scanning in schools. "Especially with the need for schools to find additional funding sources, we offer accurate recordkeeping which means timely reimbursement for free and reduced meals. Increased student participation in the free and reduced meal program means kids are all eating and reimbursements are higher. Improved security of student accounts limits schools' liability and saves time in dealing with unhappy parents." Mr. Fry added "identiMetrics provides schools with accountability, security and student anonymity, ensuring," he adds, "insuring that no one knows who is participating in the free and reduced program."

"We chose identiMetrics because they are leaders in implementing biometrics in schools and they understand the unique needs of school food service," stated Mary Moyer , PRSBS, Food Service Director of Manheim Central School District in Pennsylvania . "Our goal was simple: find a way to guarantee the security of student accounts. When I put money in my bank, I know that my money is safe. I wanted the same level of security with our system. We have not had one parent call this year about account problems. Pretty remarkable! We reached our goal," she explains.

"Over 48 million students attend more than 130,000 kindergarten through grade 12 public and private schools in the US," stated Michael DePasquale , BIO-key's Chief Executive Officer. "This represents a huge opportunity for BIO-key and identiMetrics. The identiFi(TM) product is a cost effective, easy to deploy solution that leverages BIO-key's superior accuracy and our proven ability to identify 'little fingers'. This biometric identity solution can deliver immediate results to any school implementing it," he added.

About BIO-key

BIO-key International, Inc., headquartered in Wall, New Jersey , develops and delivers advanced identification solutions and information services to law enforcement departments, public safety agencies, government and private sector customers. BIO-key's mobile wireless technology provides first responders with critical, reliable, real-time data and images from local, state and national databases. BIO-key's high performance, scalable, cost-effective and easy-to- deploy biometric finger identification technology accurately identifies and authenticates users of wireless and enterprise data to improve security, convenience and privacy and to reduce identity theft. Over 750 police departments in North America use BIO-key solutions, making BIO-key the leading supplier of mobile and wireless solutions for law enforcement. (http://www.bio-key.com)

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