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West Virginia Schools to Deploy Rank One Facial Recognition for Security System Pilot

Schools in Marion County, West Virginia to Pilot Rank One Computing’s Live Facial Recognition for Visitor Management and Threat Detection, Local Point of Sale WDTV reports, after approval by school board officials.

Rank One CEO Scott Swan, a native of West Virginia with many local ties, recently gave a presentation on facial recognition technology to the Marion County Board of Education.

These local ties include offices opened at West Virginia University just a month ago.

Superintendent Dr. Donna Hage suggests the biometric system could be less intrusive and faster than metal detectors. In addition to adding a layer of security, the system should help automate certain visitor management processes.

The facial recognition software would be deployed on security camera systems already installed in schools.

The watch list could be populated by the school, which could also team up with local law enforcement to add restricted individuals.

Swan says he’s hoping for “an organic approach to developing the right kinds of requirements through a partnership in West Virginia, and then we’ll think about our national strategy.”

Facial recognition has a brief but checkered history in American schools, with a temporary ban on contracts being put in place in New York State, and several school districts preparing for its end date seeking and receiving approval ahead of time. deadline to move forward with new deployments.

Rank One has called for an industry code of ethics that can address complex legal and privacy issues related to facial recognition.

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