A Scottish primary school’s canteen is being used to trial a palm-reading electronic point of sale (Epos) system.
The Palmreader system from Yarg Biometrics uses Palmsecure software from Fujitsu. The product can be used to support security and attendance needs as well as retail systems.
The first installation has been commissioned by contractor Amey Group, at Todholm Primary School in Paisley, Scotland. The biometric system addresses the need for a secure non-token cashless payments system for Amey’s catering facilities.
The Palmreader system uses pre-registered palm vein patterns from the pupils and staff to manage individual accounts, thereby creating cashless catering.
Yarg said the Palmreader design could be expanded to provide biometric access control applications to monitor truancy levels and facilitate accurate class attendance records.
The contact-less Fujitsu Palmsecure-driven device uses near infrared light, which is emitted to capture a unique biometric record.
The palm vein pattern in an individual’s hand is unique from person to person and even between an individual’s left and right hands. As the veins are inside the body, it is extremely difficult to falsify.
Unlike fingerprint biometrics it cannot be linked to any criminal records database and civil liberties issues are therefore not affected, said Yarg.