What We're Talking About This Week - May 18th

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This week in industry news, EdScoop discusses how the University of San Francisco has implemented facial recognition technology in dorms to give students an extra layer of protection and top crime on campus before it happens. For the university's security officials, it's a constant challenge to sort out who belongs and who represents a potential threat to safety, especially in student dorms. 

"Our No. 1 crime prevention tip is to tell students to walk as a group. When the students get to this dorm... the first one swipes at the card reader and the all the rest file in behind them, " said Jason Rossi, the university's director of campus security systems. "Immediately, by having the students follow our No. 1 safety tip, we've lost our occupancy assurance."

Key Highlights:

  • Students still swipe ID cards as they enter a dorm, but the facial recognition software scans the faces of every person who walks into the building in real time against USF's student ID photos hosted in the cloud. If the system detects a face it doesn't recognize, the dorm attendant receives a notification to assess the situation. 
  • The USF system only stores a student's biometric data for the duration of the time that they live in a campus residence hall and campus security officials say the footage from the cameras is not actively being watched.
  • The system also allows for instant alerts and video recordings at the scene of a card-swipe if someone uses an ID that has been reported lost or stolen. 

So far, the privacy concerns about such a system have been muted, officials at the university of said.

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7-year-old Joshua King of Hancock County, Indiana is being praised for his brave and heroic work for calling 911 when his grandmother, Kristeen Walker, passed out in her garage earlier this month. Hancock County 911 Telecommunicator Greg Duda who answered the emergency call said he was unable to get an address from Joshua, but was quickly able to pull up information about who lived in Walker's house and where it was located from her Smart911 Safety Profile. 

"I saw the information and I asked I was speaking to Josh," Duda said. "He replied, 'no, I go by Joshua,' and I knew we had the right information." Officers were immediately dispatched to the scene where they found Walker unconscious but breathing. 

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Jackson Lucas

Written by Jackson Lucas

Jackson - an enthusiastic rock climber and storyteller - focuses his time on content creation, fixing the website, SEO strategy and working with current Rave customers to make sure they have the proper tools and knowledge to execute successful community marketing campaigns. In a previous life, he was an avid scientist and environmentalist. He spent his undergraduate career studying rocks and educating others on environmental sustainability and eco-justice. He also spent 4 years diligently researching the history of climate change in Antarctica to better understand today's changing world. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geology from Colgate University.

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