Face-recognition technology to monitor school attendance
2011 05 12

By Katherine Donnelly | Independent.ie

"End is in sight for roll calls as schools face the future"

An Irish software firm has brought the traditional school attendance register into the computer age.

Two schools have already adopted the latest face-recognition technology to monitor attendance and timekeeping among thousands of pupils, and other schools are planning to introduce the system from September.

Students simply look at a device when they arrive at school and, within seconds, they are scanned, identified and their attendance is registered.


Conor Kavanagh, a first-year pupil at Templeogue College, Dublin, next to the new system.


It saves hours of teachers’ time recording attendance and ’lates’, and provides an at-a-glance record of who’s in and who’s out.

It also makes it easy to track poor attendance or lateness patterns, which would allow for early intervention to nip a problem in the bud.

And it overcomes the so-called ’buddy punching’ problem, where a student can make a false registration by swiping in someone else’s card.

Templeogue College in south Dublin has become the first school here to use the system to track attendance and timekeeping among its 700 pupils.

Installed

It has also been installed in Ardscoil Ris, Limerick, in recent weeks and a number of other schools are planning to use it from September.

The Anseo Enterprise system has been created by the Co Kerry software company, Ivertec, specialising in educational products and costs an average of about €15 per pupil.

Face-recognition software is now widely used as an ID system, but this is the first time it has been adopted by schools in this country.

A student is required to do little beyond perhaps pulling back a long fringe so the scanner gets a clear view of the face.

Templeogue principal Aoife O’Donnell said they wanted an accurate and efficient system to replace the time-consuming tradition of rolls.

They were investigating systems such as swipe cards when they learned of the face-recognition software, which eliminates the issue of lost or forgotten cards.

She said parents have been generally supportive.

"Within five minutes of school starting, we know exactly who is in the building and if students come in late, it will show up," Ms O’Donnell said.

It is too early to say what impact the system will have on attendance and timekeeping, but when fully operational she said it would allow them to build up attendance profiles.

Ms O’Donnell added that, in an era of cutbacks, staff time was much better employed in teaching rather than in checking and recording attendance manually across a minimum of 24 classes every day.

Sixth-year student Luke O’Callaghan-White (17), said there were a few ’Big Brother’-style jokes initially, but that had all passed. He said the system was "straightforward, efficient and preferable to a year head interrupting the first class for five minutes" to take a roll.

Article from: independent.ie





Ed Note: In an era of major data piracy and identity theft, (as well as online stalking) is it wise to allow your children to have their facial information, as well as other personal identification data, to be stored in a system database? This not only reveals who they are, and what they look like, but what school they attend and the child’s location during the day.

~E

Tex. Schools Use Cafeteria Cameras to Fight Fat

Public School Bans Homemade Lunches





Related Articles
Coke and Facebook’s Facial Profiling App
Facial Expressions: East Doesn’t Meet West
Interpol Details Plans For Global Biometric Facial Scan Database
Image Metrics Emily CG Facial Animation is Too Real (Video)
NYPD begins biometric iris scans upon arrest
Army Reveals Afghan Biometric ID Plan; Millions Scanned, Carded by May
Problem, Reaction, Solution - Ready for Your Biometric ID Card, America?
India to issue all 1.2 billion citizens with biometric ID cards
"World terror watch lists flawed" -Biometrics will ’help tighten up the system’.
Military Industrial Complex Biometric Surveillance Control Grid Revealing Itself
FBI Prepares Vast Database Of Biometrics
Zoo to link biometric technology with staff data and payroll
British government introduces biometric data collection
12 children killed in Brazil as gunman stalks his former school
Banking your children’s stem cells at the dentist (Video)
Student files lawsuit after discovering FBI was GPS tracking him
Texas school police ticketing students as young as 6
State Department To Columbia Uni Students: DO NOT Discuss WikiLeaks On Facebook, Twitter
Student Googles Self, Finds He’s a Wanted Man
Students Forced To Wear Radio Frequency IDs At Multiple Schools
US school district admits taking 56,000 secret webcam photos, screen shots of student laptops
12-year-old NYC student handcuffed, arrested for doodling on desk
Police escort student from class after refusing to pledge allegiance
Prof. publicly confronts student, labels him dangerous FBI informant, killer
Students, give up the fight! Nothing was ever gained by taking action!
Grad student researching al-Qaida arrested and detained for 6 days
UK Police take student’s DNA for £2.40 fare fine


Latest News from our Front Page

Recent Israeli Synagogue Attack, a Possible False Flag?
2014 11 21
Dear Friends - I woke up yesterday morning to see a newspaper lying on the kitchen table with the front page proclaiming that five people were slain in an Israeli synagogue after a so-called "Palestinian attack." Some members of the media said that four people were killed, others said five, so it seems like that there was some confusion (or ...
The Michael Brown Shooting, Race Baiting for Political Power and Militarization of the Police
2014 11 21
From Youtube: The evidence clearly shows that Officer Darren Wilson was justified in shooting Michael Brown, so why is this case being hyped by the mainstream media and the leftist political establishment?
Detekt: A New Malware Detection Tool That Can Expose Illegitimate State Surveillance
2014 11 21
Recent years have seen a boom in the adoption of surveillance technology by governments around the world, including spyware that provides its purchasers the unchecked ability to target remote Internet users’ computers, to read their personal emails, listen in on private audio calls, record keystrokes and passwords, and remotely activate their computer’s camera or microphone. EFF, together with Amnesty International, ...
New UK spy chief says tech giants aid terrorism, privacy not ‘absolute right’
2014 11 21
Robert Hannigan, the new head of GCHQ The new head of Britain’s GCHQ, the UK equivalent of the NSA in the U.S., said he believes privacy is not an absolute right and that tech giants must open themselves up to intelligence agencies. “GCHQ is happy to be part of a mature debate on privacy in the digital age,” Hannigan said. “But privacy ...
LOL: Atheist Feminist Pornographer Used as Moral Authority in T-shirt Row
2014 11 21
Dr. Matt Taylor was thrust into the headlines this last week, largely for his lead role in successfully landing a spacecraft on a comet 300 million miles from earth that travels at a speed of 85,000 mph. In short, Taylor and his colleagues pulled off one of the most amazing achievements in contemporary science and space exploration, and in a ...
More News »