This week, Japan’s Narita Airport began a new immigration security system that requires non-Japanese to have their fingerprints scanned and photos captured. Apparently, the time spent for each person was often over an hour as compared to the previous 15 to 20 minute wait. Tested by Justice Minister Hatoyama, there were a few bugs in the system, including one of the machine’s locking up and its cams not being able to photograph those who were on the tall side. Once the kinks are worked out, we expect that Big Brother will be watching in other airports as well.
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Ever since the tragedy at Virginia Tech 5 months ago, many colleges and students have been purchasing devices to ensure their safety. The Rave Guardian has a “safe walk” feature that lets students set a timer when they want to be watched while crossing a dark campus. It also features the means of allowing administrators to contact students in an emergency.
Napco Security offers a Gem-WP Panic Button that can be placed on a key chain or pendant. The system features radio waves to find student locations. Other colleges and universities now have installed systems such as Send Word Now, so that students can receive instructions in case of an emergency.
Many of the institutions require scholars to purchase equipment after enrollment. It makes us sad that it took an extreme incident to make the schools sit up and take notice, but happier knowing that our kids are safer when going to and from classes.
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