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Cashless Catering System - Biometric & PIN


From September 2014 we have implemented a new system which incorporates fingertip identification. This will replace the swipe cards, which means no more lost or broken cards.

Students place their fingertip on a scanner to make a payment for their food. This is their ‘digital signature’ which is stored as data points (similar to reference points on a map). The software then encrypts them into a set of letters and numbers which is hosted on our own school server. Nobody has access to this information and the stored data points can only be viewed as a string of numbers and letters.

The information collected will be used solely for school purposes and held on the school system only. This technology is very secure and is commonly used within secondary schools across the UK.

As you are aware the school uses a secure on-line payment system, Parent Pay. This is your child’s Cashless Catering account and will still be available to accept payments. As parents/carers, you can top up your child’s account for the purchase of food and drinks using a debit or credit card and the balance can be viewed at any time. Parent Pay can also be used to pay for other items ie: school trips. You will be sent more information plus your login details once your child has started in September.


Cashless Catering Beat the Queues!

Top Tips for students

Parent Pay – Top up online, details available from Finance Hatch.

Top up at the cash loaders before Registration in the morning.

Remember to check the queues at both the Hall and Finance Loaders.

Read the finger placement instructions on the loaders.


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                    Frequently Asked Questions


Why biometrics and not remain with card or PIN?

Other methods of identification can often lead to problems and misuse – cards and PIN numbers are passed around amongst students + they can also be regularly left at home or forgotten. There is also an actual cost attributed to the cards so by implementing a biometric system – no extra charges to anybody will occur.

Why not carry on with the existing methods used within the canteen?

St Edmunds feel that the current catering system in place needs replacing/upgrading as it has been in operation for some years. We feel that by opting for a new system allows us to look at new and improved alternatives and we feel that implementing a biometric system will increase productivity as a whole. Cards would quite often be misplaced or be passed around by pupils and by opting for a biometric system this would rule out any of these issues and large amounts of administration time by staff replacing cards.

What exactly is happening when we take a biometric fingertip image?

The light on the reader is used solely to illuminate the fingertip and the scanning device then effectively takes a photograph. On a camera the image data would be stored so that the picture can be reproduced again & again. On the fingertip reader, most of the data is discarded and only a limited number (approx. 120) of random points on the fingertip are retained. These are not stored as images but are converted using a mathematical process to convert the image data to what is essentially a string of random numbers – this is unique to each student and staff member. It would be extremely difficult to "reverse engineer" the process to get back to the image data, but even if that were achieved, all that would be revealed would be the 120 random points of the fingertip. It is impossible to "recover" the total fingertip image as we do not capture a fingerprint.

Where is this data stored?

The data captured is kept within a secure database which is in turn securely held on the schools server, this is not taken away by anybody else or by the system suppliers.

Is this technology new and un-tested?

Schools/Colleges and Academies within the UK have been using biometric systems for near on 10 years now. The system is been provided by a reputable company who have been in existence for 10+ years. They are also solely dedicated to the education sector.

What will happen to the biometric data captured when my son/daughter leaves the College?

All biometric information captured will be permanently deleted on leaving St Edmund’s Catholic School.

What happens if I do not want my child to use the Biometric System?

An account can be set up using a Pin number at a cost of £3.00 per child and is unique to your child. Instead of scanning their fingertip they will be asked to type a code into a machine at the cashpoint, rather like chip and pin but without the card.

What happens if my child forgets their Pin number?

If your child forgets their Pin number there will be a fee of £2.00 payable for every reset. The security of the Pin number is the responsibility of the individual student.

!WE HAVE MOVED!

WE HAVE MOVED!

St Edmund's has launched it's new Website!

If you are here, you have our old address! Please click the link below to visit our new site!

www.saintedmunds.org.uk

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Please note, This Site is now Archived - No Content will be updated or added to.