Sarah Murphy communications and office specialist for the VCU Department of Business Services demonstrates the use of the new iris cameras in Shafer Court

Sarah Murphy, communications and office specialist for the VCU Department of Business Services, demonstrates the use of the new iris cameras in Shafer Court.

Iris scanners to ID meal plan holders at VCU dining center

Touchless biometric system seen as more sanitary than fingerprint scanners.

Virginia Commonwealth University has installed two iris cameras that will allow meal plan holders to use their eyes instead of having to swipe their IDs to access Shafer Court Dining Center this fall.

"Students won't need their ID to enter the dining center anymore," said Stephen Barr, the director of campus services who oversees VCU Dining Services, in a press release announcing the initiative. "With iris identification, it’s as simple as a camera taking a picture of their eyes

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