PALO ALTO, Calif. - HP's blade server and PC technology is powering an iris recognition security and visitor management system launched Monday by the Freehold Borough School District in Freehold, N.J.
Designed to improve overall school and student safety while reducing the administrative burden associated with the student sign in/sign out process, the Teacher-Parent Authorization Security System (T-PASS(TM)) uses highly accurate iris recognition technology to establish positive identification of school employees, parents, guardians and visitors.
HP collaborated with Eyemetric Identity Systems, LG Electronics USA and Newton Security, Inc., to deliver the technology to the school district. The system is part of a study funded by a school safety grant valued at more than $369,000 from the National Institute of Justice, a research branch of the U.S. Department of Justice. Participation in the study is voluntary.
"HP is proud to showcase how its innovative, reliable technology can help improve the safety of our nation's schools and our children," said Michael Humke, director of worldwide education, Technology Solutions Group, HP. "If this study is successful, schools around the world can adopt this iris recognition security system to improve school safety while modernizing traditional school administrative processes."
The system's iris recognition technology provides an accurate method for personal identification that, unlike fingerprint identification, is quick and non-invasive. The Freehold deployment uses a special camera to take close-up images of an individual's irises, the colored part of the eyes. The images are converted to a digital template and then stored electronically in a computer database along with contact information, specific access permissions and a photograph of individuals associated with particular students.
If the iris images in the database match those offered by an individual seeking entry into the school, the school door automatically unlocks. Typically, access is granted or denied in less than two seconds.
"By participating in this study and deploying iris recognition technology, Freehold Borough School District is at the forefront of school security," said Phil Meara, superintendent, Freehold Borough School District. "The school district realizes enhanced security and greater efficiencies by applying technology to transform main office tasks like student sign in/sign out and visitor management."
The nation's first school district study of iris recognition technology occurred at Plumsted Township School District in New Egypt, N.J., in 2003. Freehold Borough School District is benefiting from enhancements and improved functionality as a result of lessons learned at Plumsted, including:
-- A visitor management application that produces visitor badges containing photos of the visitor and the child or school employee whom the visitor is signing in or out of school or visiting;
-- A tailgating detection system that monitors the frequency of when an individual holds the school door open for another individual;
-- A time-saving application that scans driver's license information and retrieves information for records, eliminating the need to type such information into the database.