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Face scanner saves time, boosts security at Sembawang pre-school

It saves time for parents and staff and boosts security

Published on Feb 26, 2014 7:57 AM
 
Parent Adeline Low, 38, with her three-year-old daughter Natalie, getting her face scanned at Pat's Schoolhouse in Sembawang Country Club. The facial recognition system matches guardians' faces to images saved in a database, and the front door is unlocked when their identity is verified. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Facial recognition technology is usually the preserve of border controls and security departments.

Now it is being used in a pre- school. Instead of ringing the doorbell, parents and guardians taking children to Pat's Schoolhouse in Sembawang look into a calculator-size device at the front door that scans their facial contours and matches the image to a database of authorised guardian profiles.

Once their identity is verified, the system unlocks the front door and lets them in.

"It's fast and very convenient," said Mr Richard Seow, who takes his daughter Susannah there. At his daughter's previous school, the 46-year-old had to wait up to 15 minutes for someone to answer the door.

 
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GOOD INVESTMENT

Schools are going to get busier in the future... This is a good investment for the long run.

- Mr Alvin Yeo, head of IT at Knowledge Universe, which runs the Pat's Schoolhouse and Learning Vision pre-schools