Oct 042010
 October 4, 2010  Posted by  Featured News, Non-U.S., Surveillance, Youth & Schools

As if we needed any more surveillance of youth or reason to be concerned about turning youth into a nation of sheep living in a surveillance state, this from the UK:

A school has introduced futuristic face recognition cameras to combat students arriving late for classes.

The £9,000 Face Register system monitors more than 200 sixth-form students at the Sir Christopher Hatton School in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.


When signing in or out of school, pupils have to approach the black box and enter a PIN code, which links to their photograph on a database.

They are then snapped by the cameras and the images are compared with the picture on file to determine a match, meaning students are unable to sign in for their friends.

Headteacher Victoria Bishop said the school had been prompted to install the system for safety reasons.

It’s always the safety, right?

Read more in the Daily Mail.

Thanks to Ian Geldard for this link.

  2 Responses to “School installs £9,000 facial recognition cameras to stop students turning up late… and teachers could be next target”

  1. “students are unable to sign in for their friends” – not neccessarily. Facial recognition schemes have been known to be fooled by a photograph of the person being spoofed. Maybe all that’s needed is the PIN code and a good life-sized head photo.

  2. I’d like to see those kids all show up holding Mark Zuckerberg masks in front of their faces….

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