M2sys Technology has reported that a UK case study combining its fingerprint software with LCR Limited’s school lunchroom management software has achieved positive results.
In early 2006, LCR integrated M2sys’ flagship fingerprint software, Bio-Plugin, into its QuickDine school lunchroom management software to provide an alternative to magnetic swipe cards that were previously used to identify students purchasing lunch.
Comparison of data from the new biometric-based QuickDine system to data taken prior to the implementation of Bio-Plugin shows that line wait times dramatically decreased and revenues from lunch sales increased by an average of 20%.
LCR’s QuickDine system consists of two components. The first is a wall-mounted cash repository unit where students can identify themselves using the attached fingerprint scanner. Once identified, students can deposit funds directly into their accounts. The second component consists of point of sale tills that are connected to these fingerprint scanners. Lunch items are tallied with the touch screen interface, and the child then scans their finger to complete the sale.
One pleasant surprise resulting from the implementation of the fingerprint identification system was that cash deposits into student accounts increased 20% from the previous year, stated LCR CEO, Robert Kearns. Parents enjoy knowing their child’s lunch money is immediately deposited into a secure account which can only be accessed by the child.
Revenue gains, coupled with the efficiencies created by eliminating magnetic cards, demonstrates these systems pay for themselves, he concluded.