Carleton puts off biometric ID system until 2008

November 14, 2007

Carleton University is considering replacing student ID cards with biometric hand-readers placed throughout campus, but not this year.  A VP confirms that the issue has been deferred for decision next September.  Hand-readers at athletics facilities and dining halls would enable students who had forgotten their cards to access the facilities regardless.  The devices would work by measuring the student's hand and comparing it to a database including the palm prints of all students with access.  The new system carries significant expenses, as well as benefits.