A Pennsylvania School Offers Free Lunches in Exchange for Fingerprints

By: Jana Pijak - Sep 8, 2015
References: hngn
The Pennsylvania school recently announced that it was introducing a biometric lunch payment option for its students. Rather than using traditional payment methods like cash, credit or Interac, the school's students are able to pay for their meals via a fingerprint recognition device.

While this biometric lunch payment system may seem far-fetched to those used to a traditional wallet, it offers a convenient alternative to a student lunch tab. This intuitive payment method illustrates just how far modern technology has come in recent years and follows up similar innovations like MasterCard's selfie-powered payment system -- a service that allows users to pay for goods with facial recognition software.

This biometric lunch payment option makes life more convenient for students and offers them a free lunch in exchange for their fingerprint scan -- ideal for days when one has forgotten their wallet at home. While this system is not favored by all parents, it is slowly becoming more common as more schools in the US and the UK begin to adapt to the payment method.