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Mythbusters: Fingerprint Check-In for Child Care

Child Walking in SnowThere’s something special about snow. Maybe it’s the crunch, crunch under your feet, the fun of making a snowball or the pure beauty of it covering the hillsides. But there’s something else too. Something that is fascinating to consider—that no two snowflakes are alike.

Like snowflakes, each of our fingerprints is unique and that makes fingerprint recognition an ideal way to confirm a person’s identity. It’s much better than an ID card (which can be lost or stolen) or a PIN and password you have to remember. But when it comes to having parents check their children in, some people have concerns about using their fingerprint.

Fingerprints and Privacy

Some people are concerned that using their fingerprint to check a child in is a privacy issue, that the fingerprint could somehow be used for another, less benign, purpose. In fact, when using a system like the Procare ID Pad, the actual fingerprint is not recorded and the system does not store any fingerprint images. Instead, the software creates a mathematical template which can only be used to identify a person for the purpose of checking in. It cannot recreate the original fingerprint and the information is fully encrypted. For these reasons there are neither privacy issues nor any exposure to identity theft.

Hand Washing, Hand Sanitizer and Fingerprints

Fingerprint scanners rely on the natural oils in your skin to help make the fingerprint recognizable. Fingers that have been scrubbed or are overly dry may not be read as easily. So although it’s not recommended to use hand sanitizer or wash your hands just prior to using a fingerprint reader, it’s perfectly fine to do so afterwards. Touching a fingerprint reader is similar to opening a doorknob, playing with shared toys or any other task where a surface is touched by multiple people.

Cleaning a Fingerprint Reader

Fingerprint readers are easy to clean. For the Procare ID Pad, just press the sticky side of a piece of Scotch tape to the window and peel it away. Or you can gently dab the reader with a cloth dampened with mild ammonia-based glass cleaner. Don’t use a paper towel though, as that can scratch the surface of the reader.

Child Care Security

Using a stand-alone USB fingerprint reader or one integrated into a check-in computer, like the Procare Touch Computer, ensures proof-positive identification of the people dropping off and picking up the children. It’s quick, safe and effective, and it can even be combined with a Door Controller—allowing secure door access only to authorized pickup people.

Here’s hoping you have some fun in the snow, while you consider the best Check-In Solution for your child care business. Until next time, cheers!

-Phil

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If you have questions or comments about this article (or suggestions for another article) I’d be pleased to hear from you. Drop me a note at phil@procaresoftware.com.

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Do some parents have concerns about using their fingerprint to check children in at your preschool? Learn how fingerprint technology really works.
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