A Central Texas school district is testing a student location system that uses a child's fingerprints as a way to get on and off the bus. Temple ISD began the 30 day trial of the system called Nexus Biometrics this week.
Key points from student's fingers or thumbs are taken and used to allow them on and off the bus. Information is then sent to a server owned and operated by the district to help keep track of the students.
Temple ISD Transportation Director Walt Prothro says, "a system that will let us know in real time who's on the bus, when and where they got on the bus and when and where they got off the bus." Parents would also be able to track their children using a personal identification number.