Fingerprint Recognition Technology
How does the technology work?
A fingerprint consists of a unique set of features on everyone’s
fingertips. When a student enrols and their fingerprint is scanned
for the first time, the reader records the unique details of their
fingerprint. These are then converted into a digital code that is
stored in a secure database on the network server, not locally on
the PC or laptop, and matched on future scans – no actual
image of the fingerprint is stored on the secured system or can
be retrieved or reproduced in any way.
How does the Data Protection Act 1998
affect the use of the data?
The Data Protection Act covers fingerprint data in exactly the same
way as it covers all other personal data held by the school and
must be kept secure in the same way. Sentinel contains a
secured database which is stored on the network server and does
not allow access to non-authorised personnel. Becta have issued
a guidance document for schools considering implementing a fingerprint
recognition system which you can download
How can we make sure that parents and
pupils understand and accept the system?
The best way to ensure that you get support from parents and students
for this system is to involve them from the beginning. The more
information and opportunities to ask questions they are given the
more likely they are to accept the system. We are willing to help
with providing technical information and can also attend consultation
meetings on request.
What happens if a parent or pupil
refuses to use the system?
In the unlikely event that this should happen the system includes
a manual verification option that enables the teacher to log the