After the summer break school started as usual. However, the lunch line had shrunk because of the introduction of fingerprint based biometrics system for payment of lunch they have.
This technology is completely cashless. The system requires a fingerprint based biometric reader as the hardware and cafeteria management software, which runs on the hardware and manages the process of balance enrolment, student database, blocked user, etc. This system did it all for the snail-paced queue to lumber into efficient cashless transactions, saving time and effort.
How it works?
The fingerprint reader converts scanned fingerprint of a student into an image which identifies the student the next time he/she places their finger at the device. Ensuring security, this system works in post-paid and pre-paid mode of payment.
In the post-paid mode students’ biometrics are already enrolled in the school database with a particular amount allocated to each student. Whenever a student punches at the cafeteria, an amount is deducted from his/her account in real-time according to the order placed by him/her. In the pre-paid mode, RFID cards are allocated to each student with a fixed amount stored in it. Every time a student punches with the card, amount with respect to the order placed is deducted from his/her account.
What’s in for you?
Availing technology has some appealing benefits.
The issue of food wastage can be addressed by having students punch at the device in the morning. Admin can also gather an idea about the food consumption through reports, of user-wise consumption on a monthly or weekly basis, which can be generated from the software.
The System replaces longer queues, which was give-cash-take-token system, with fully cashless transactions. The problem of students losing their money will be eliminated through this practice.
The use of biometrics in cafeteria is just the tip of an iceberg. There is a growing demand for biometrics to be used in schools for attendance and access control as well.
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