Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire school to keep facial scanners

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Image caption The scanner takes 15 infra-red photographs of each student

A school in Cambridgeshire which was among the first in Britain to use facial scanners to register students has chosen to keep the system.

St Neots Community College took part in a pilot project with Northampton biometric firm Aurora, which began in January 2009.

The system was installed in the Post 16 Centre to record attendance.

The college has now spent £2,000 on the equipment and will spend a further £1,000 each year.

Under the system, students walk up to a scanner, type in a pin and are verified within 1.5 seconds.

The scanner takes 15 infra-red photographs of each student before storing the best 10 on a computer alongside their exam number.

The images are not recognisable to the human eye and are used to identify students by pupillary distance and other facial measurements.

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