Sticky Fingers

If there was any doubt that biometrics have entered the mainstream, it was laid to rest by three Pennsylvania school districts that recently announced an experimental program that replaces lunch money with fingerprint scanners.

If there was any doubt that biometrics have entered the mainstream, it was laid to rest by three Pennsylvania school districts that recently announced an experimental program that replaces lunch money with fingerprint scanners.

Under the program, students use their fingerprints to debit the cost of lunch against an account maintained by their parents. Reports say the program costs approximately $4,000 to $5,000 per lunch line to implement.

While some critics say the program is intrusive, supporters say it allows parents to be certain that lunch money is spent on just that: lunch.