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Winthrop testing new security technology

As students, faculty and staff come to Winthrop for the beginning of the fall semester, the university will be testing a new personal I-D technology.  Patrice Bruneau, Winthrop’s director of technology, says iris scanners are being tested this fall at the Macfeat Early Childhood Laboratory School, which is an on-campus preschool program where education majors are trained.

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Bruneau says the technology literally takes a picture of your eyes.

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Bruneau says the iris scanners may be used in the future at the Lois Rhame West Health, Physical Education and Wellness Center for swimmers.

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The iris scanners use 3D technology to take a picture of a person’s eyes and then identifies about 250 unique features, about ten times more points of comparison than a fingerprint system.

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