Biometrics With PowerLunch School Cafeteria Software

The PowerLunch Lines They Are A Changing

Biometric software from M2SYS Technology is being used with PowerLunch point of sale (POS) cafeteria software at various PowerSchool customer district schools throughout the country for accurate and indisputable monitoring of meal credits.  Bio-SnapOn, a biometric fingerprint recognition system from M2SYS Technology, enables schools using the PowerLunch module of PowerSchool to setup a secure, reliable fingerprint system to more accurately and efficiently identify students.  Together, PowerLunch and Bio-SnapOn help to facilitate quick and unequivocal lunch line check outs that interface easily with back end accounting and inventory systems. 

Biometric POS PowerLunch Software Systems

The fast paced world of today’s PowerLunch POS environments demands user-friendly software that can handle transactions with speed and accuracy to maximize profits without sacrificing precision or security.  A biometric PowerLunch software system eliminates the need for students to remember a PIN code or use a barcode ID when they get to the register.  The student simply scans their finger on the fingerprint reader and immediately their identity is established and transaction recorded.  The process is fast, safe, reliable and accurate.  It maintains the flow of the PowerLunch line allowing students who sometimes only have 30 minutes or less for their lunch period to get in and get out as quickly as possible.  In less than 20 minutes, schools can setup and begin enrolling students in the system for future identification. 

More PowerSchools Adopting Biometric Technology

More and PowerSchools are turning to M2SYS as a trusted biometric component of their PowerLunch cafeteria management software technology to incorporate a secure student identification system that boosts the accuracy and security of transactions.  Fingerprint recognition has become the mainstream biometric modality of many PowerLunch line POS systems but as biometric technological advances have evolved, more PowerSchools are choosing advanced biometric technology such as fingervein, palm vein and iris recognition as their modality of choice due to the inherent benefits that are included in these hardware modalities such as lower False Reject Rates and a more hygienic scanning environment. 

Privacy Concerns

There are many rumors virally circulating about biometrics and its privacy implications for children.  Some fear that if a hacker breaks into the PowerSchool computer system and steals a biometric template, the damage is irreversible and not able to be corrected.  Others say that once a biometric template is established for a child, it gives free reign for any governmental agency to lawfully access that template to create a national registry of biometric identification information.  The truth of the matter is that biometric enrollment templates stored on a server are not actually an image of the fingerprint at all.  They are a mathematical representation of the data points that a biometric algorithm extracts from the scanned fingerprint.   The algorithm then uses the template to positively identify a child during subsequent fingerprint scans.  No image of the fingerprint is ever stored or transmitted across a network.  In addition, the algorithm is “one way” which means that the template that is extracted can never be used to recreate the original fingerprint image.  In other words, it is nearly impossible to reverse engineer the data that is sent to positively identify a child and successfully “steal” their biometric identity.

Biometrics Are The Future For PowerLunch Identification Technology – Bar Codes and PIN’s Are Not

As more PowerSchools adopt biometric identification technology with their PowerLunch POS systems, word is spreading fast about the distinct benefits that biometrics creates for efficient cafeteria management.  The focus on PowerLunch line best practices over the years has evolved into developing faster and smarter ways of planning and executing tasks with less staff, less overhead and higher security.  Biometric technology fits well into this evolution because it offers speed and flexibility for identifying students and can easily be interfaced into existing PowerLunch cafeteria management software systems at a very affordable price point.  It trumps bar codes (no card to forget with biometric identification) and PIN’s (no longer need to memorize numbers), allowing PowerSchools to implement a modernized mode of student identification with the peace of mind that their students are safe and moving quickly through the PowerLunch line.  If you haven’t heard about the benefits of biometric technology used with PowerLunch, we encourage you to contact us, or visit our Web page for more information.

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