University of Vermont

Vermont Quarterly

Fingertip Access

Illustration by Grace Weaver '11

The Green

Fingertip Access

For many students, fumbling for their UVM ID card was the first exercise of the workout on a visit to the Gucciardi Fitness Center. No more. Campus Recreation has taken the lead in using biometric finger vein scanners for quick, fumble-free access to the facility. Michael Trader ’98 is president of M2SYS Accelerated Biometrics, developers of the technology used in the system.
Though the scanners are used in many business and industrial applications, UVM Campus Rec staff researching the move to this technology found only one other school putting it to use. But the glitches have been few; and the students, faculty, and staff opting to put their fingertips to work, many.

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