3.0 Registering Users on BioPad


When verifying a user's identity, BioPad will use a reference database to match the identity tags for each individual to the user's profile. In order to do this BioPad needs to capture the fingerprint images or RFID Card numbers of your user population to use as its user reference database.

There are a number of ways that BioPad can verify a user's identity;

  1.  Fingerprint

  2.  RFID Card Scan

  3.  Personal Identification Number (PIN)

To register users on the BioPad you need to go to the Administration screen of you BioPad. To access the Administration screen click on the admin icon on the top left left side menu bar.  You will be required to authenticate as a staff member in order to access the admin menu.


Authenticate using your staff ID

Staff can use ID Card or Fingerprint images to authenticate as a staff member whenever staff authentication is required.

Collecting and Assigning Fingerprints, ID Cards or PIN numbers

The procedure for loading Fingerprint images, RFID card numers or PIN numbers to individual student or staff identities is the safe for each authentication method.

  • Select the authentication option that you want to set for students or staff
  • Select the identity that you want to add the fingerprints for
  • The user will then be required to scanner or touchpad to register the user (Scan finger, Scan card or enter PIN). 
  • Once the fingerprint image, card read or PIN number has been collected it will be saved to the user's profile and can be seen in their profile under the "Identifiers" tab.
  • When saved, the users will then be able to use any of the saved authentication methods to authenticate on the device.

Register multiple fingerprint images

Users can register multiple fingerprint images or card numbers if you wish however only one fingerprint image or card scan can be registered at a time because the readers must be reset after each image is stored and allocated.

Managing Biometric Data

At all times, your school and the REACH Boarding System are bound by the provisions of privacy laws in your region.  In most instances Biometric information that is used for the purpose of automated biometric verification or biometric identification is considered to be "sensitive" information and will require strict security controls for safe collection, storage and utilisation.

Sensitive Information

‘Sensitive information’ is commonly considered to be information that refers to an individual’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, professional, political or religious affiliations or memberships, sexual orientation or practices, criminal record, health & medical, genetics and/or biometrics.

Sensitive information is afforded a higher level of privacy protection in most regions than other personal information. This recognises that the inappropriate handling of sensitive information can have adverse consequences for an individual or those associated with the individual. 

Some examples of how ‘Sensitive information’ is subject to a higher level of privacy protection than other ‘personal information’ are:

  1.  ‘Sensitive information’ may only be collected with consent, except in specified circumstances. Consent is generally not required to collect ‘personal information’ that is not ‘sensitive information.
  2.  ‘Sensitive information’ must not be used or disclosed for a secondary purpose unless the secondary purpose is directly related to the primary purpose of collection and within the reasonable expectations of the individual.
  3.  ‘Sensitive information’ cannot be used for the secondary purpose of direct marketing.
  4.  ‘Sensitive information’ cannot be shared by ‘related bodies corporate’ in the same way that they may share other ‘personal information’.