Girls at St Mary’s School Ascot queue up before breakfast and register for that day’s lessons by passing one of their fingers over a scanner, which identifies them from the pattern of veins inside the finger.
St Mary’s has installed 15 FASTVEIN™ scanners, including two in its refectory where pupils normally register three times a
day at meal times.
When girls leave the school’s grounds — for example, to go into Ascot on a Saturday afternoon — they have to scan their fingers in the presence of a member of staff. The system’s software then highlights the names of any pupils who have not returned by their designated time and includes their mobile numbers so teachers can find out where they are. During fire drills, the system is able to quickly identify which pupils are on site and which pupils are off site.
"The school has been delighted with the technology which has not only enabled us to improve our administrative functions but also the pastoral care of our pupils".
Giles Brand — Bursar, St Mary’s School Ascot