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(S.D.)-School Of Mines Tests Fingerprint Purchasing Technology

By: Roxie Graham-Marski Posted at: 02/22/2013 09:27 AM

 By AMBER HUNT
 Associated Press
     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Backers of a pilot program at a small South Dakota university are testing a technology that they hope is another step toward creating a cashless society.
 
     More than 50 students and faculty members are taking part in the month-long pilot at the state's School of Mines and Technology.
 
     Instead of using cash or credit cards to buy items at two campus shops, users scan their fingers with a device that recognizes their prints and detects hemoglobin in the blood beneath the skin.
 
     That ensures that the finger being used to purchase has a pulse.
 
     Students who've enrolled in the program say their school's role in the testing helps put the 2,400-student university on the map.
 
     The first-of-its-kind pilot has been so successful that university officials are hoping to expand it.


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