Iris Biometrics to Replace Magnetic Stripe College Student ID Cards

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iris biometrics are used to replace magnetic stripe ID cards, PINS and passwords
Iris biometrics are an increasingly popular biometric modality to replace magnetic stripe ID cards, PINS, and passwords.

We’ve seen it happen again and again in the identification industry. More employers and educational institutions are adopting biometric identification technology to replace antiquated mag stripe ID cards, PINS, and passwords which are susceptible to being swapped or stolen, and incur an expense if they need to be replaced or reset.

The latest story comes to us from Winthrop University who has embarked on a project to, “replace existing identification cards issued with magnetic stripes” with iris biometrics which requires only a quick scan to grant access to a building or room. University officials were inspired to investigate using iris biometrics after seeing a local school using the technology to authorize parents picking up their kids from day care.

In addition, University officials opted not to use biometric fingerprint technology, which requires physical contact with a hardware device leaving open the possibility of spreading germs and illness. Iris biometrics is well known in the industry as a clean, hygienic biometric modality that does not require any physical contact to scan and read an individual. This is a very important characteristic to recognize for iris biometrics, particularly in environments where germs and illness are easily spread such as health care.

It’s also important to note that although iris biometrics readers are more expensive than magnetic stripe readers, the return on investment over the long term is higher when you factor in the expense of producing and replacing mag stripe cards, plus the expenses and risks incurred due to fraud and waste from swapping and sharing these cards. Not to mention the proven accuracy of iris biometrics, where the chances of two irides being the same are 10⁷⁸.

If you are investigating using biometrics for identificaiton to replace mag stripe cards, PINS, or passwords, take the time to learn more about iris biometrics as a viable modality for your next deployment.

What other advantages do you feel that iris biometrics offers?


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John Trader

John Trader is the Public Relations and Marketing Manager with M2SYS Technology, a recognized industry leader in biometric identity management technology. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA M2SYS Technology's mission is to pioneer the high-tech industry by delivering long-term value to customers, employees and partners through continued innovation and excellence in all aspects of our business. M2SYS continues to innovate, build and bring to market leading-edge biometrics solutions that revolutionize the industry and expand the applicability of biometrics technology in our marketplace. You can view their Web site at or contact them via e-mail at

2 thoughts on “Iris Biometrics to Replace Magnetic Stripe College Student ID Cards

  • August 14, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Magnetic strip card are cheaper and safer than any biometric access control system. But somewhere nowadays because of spoofing, new techniques are discovered day by day to save important identity information.

    • August 14, 2014 at 8:41 am

      Thanks for the comment. The onus for the University moving to use biometrics as a replacement for magnetic stripe cards was due to the fact that these magnetic cards were being shared and swapped causing monetary losses and security breaches. To say that magnetic stripe cards are cheaper and safer completely ignores the fact that the University abandoned them in favor of biometrics because they AREN”T safer. Plus, remember that the use of biometrics eliminates the processing and resources needed to create magnetic cards and eliminates the costs to replace them. In the long run, biometrics actually saves the University money and the ROI is much higher than magnetic cards.


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