Dynamic Biometric Pushes for Distance Learning Student Authentication by Pen
Dynamic Biometric Systems
- By Dian Schaffhauser
has introduced a series of student authentication products based on its Bio-Pen
hardware and related software systems. The company said its Bio-Pen addresses the verification requirement laid out in the Higher Education Opportunity Act that mandates educational institutions develop a student authentication method to ensure that students who receive credits for distance courses actually do the class work and take the exams.
The Bio-Pen System consists of a proprietary dynamic biometric capture device plus the proprietary software necessary to verify the process of creating a signature. This system can be deployed at the individual PC level and on Web sites.
With the BioPen, verification is accomplished when the student signs his or her name. A Bio-Pen plugs into a computer via a USB port. The student has to register and be verified by the school once during enrollment. After that their biometric template is "in the system" to be used for future verifications.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.