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Biometric authentication provides access for student dining

Natural Security : 11 April, 2013  (Application Story)
Fingerprint biometrics and contactless tokens are providing students at San Jose State University with access to dining facilities on campus
Biometric authentication provides access for student dining

Natural Security has announced a new partnership with US based Spartan Shops to implement biometric authentication at San Jose State University (SJSU) in California.

This first of its kind implementation will see SJSU students carrying a unique personal device or a mobile phone that uses biometric information stored on a secure element. Biometric authentication combined with mid-range contactless technology enables convenient and very fast access to the residential dining hall. Students will be able to enter the dining hall by simply placing a finger on a biometric reader situated at the entrance and without the need to handle or expose their personal device.

By design, the Natural Security solution meets the most stringent worldwide security standards to guarantee privacy and confidentiality of all personal data, including biometrics. The end-user biometric data is only stored in the personal device the user carries so it is always under their control.

Brian Mitchler from Spartan Shops added, “The decision to choose Natural Security technology is based on the security, speed and convenience benefits that the technology offers.  With almost 2,500 unlimited-entry meal plan members at the University, we needed a more efficient system for authenticating students to access to the residential dining hall. The Natural Security authentication method improves security and will allow us to monitor access more effectively, improving internal processes.”

Cédric Hozanne, CEO at Natural Security commented, “This authentication method is totally secure; as each device contains the students’ unique biometric information it cannot be used by anyone else. This removes many of the usual issues surrounding security, for example impersonation, because of loss or theft.”

The project is set to begin in July 2013 and its aim is to evaluate the effectiveness of the technology and collect feedback on usage experiences from the participants to feed into future projects.

Following a successful trial the new system will be rolled out to all 3,000 students accessing the residential dining hall. This same method of authentication may also be extended to other University areas such as access to premises, access to online resources or even transport. This means students will have less ID cards to carry and less passwords to remember, making daily life much simpler.

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