One of the schools on the Western side of New York is on the verge of becoming the first-ever school in the United States to implement a facial recognition system on its faculty as well as students.
On the 3rd of June, Monday, New York’s Lockport City School District would unfold its Aegis system, an integral part of the pilot project. By the looks of it, by the 1st of September, 2019, the plan would be completely operational. Eight education providing schools in the western district of New York comes under the Lockport City School District.
Michelle Bradley’s announcement was first reported by the daily curriculum’s The Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. According to Bradley, the test is at the initial implementation phase, which would troubleshoot the machinery unit, and train the district officials about using the tech. Additionally, the officials will also discuss adequate procedures with the district’s law enforcement if an alert is triggered by facial recognition tech.
The initiative came into being during a time where there is public scrutiny of the effectiveness of facial recognition. On the other hand, there is also the growing civil rights worries and concerns, which suggests that the tech could establish biases in society.
At the beginning of May, San Francisco has banned the local police department not to utilize facial recognition. Regulators are trying to come up with similar bills that would help to reduce the utilization of facial recognition.
There are some other schools around the US which are trying to implement facial recognition as soon as possible. But Lockport became the first ever school district across the US to use the facial recognition tech, according to BuzzFeed News.
The residents across Lockport are suggesting that the plan to use facial recognition in school might be a little dicey. In March 2018, Lockport said that it would install the facial recognition security system across the district by the end of 2019.
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