I've just got hold of a Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E530 - under consideration as a teacher laptop. So far impressions are quite good - don't seem as solid as the Dell Latitudes we've had which are now approaching 5 years old, but half the price for similar spec.
I haven't got our build on it yet, so it's straight out of the box, but I started playing with the built in fingerprint reader. It seems really good - only took me two attempts to register my fingerprint and has logged on instantly every time so far. The Lenovo app packaged with it allows you to allocate the fingerprint to other logins as well.
Does anyone use this in production?
Have you tried it with pupils? A constant nightmare is that our infant age kids can't log themselves on and it could potentially let them use individual accounts, whereas at the minute we use shared logins so that the teachers don't spend most of the lesson logging kids in.
Has anyone tried any of the USB fingerprint readers - they'd be a cheap add on if they are any good.
I've used it with 2 people and it gets it right most of the time it can even do different fingers and assign different actions. Problem is I don't think the software is ad compatible it's a local database of prints. (I know it can log you into a domain but only on the PC that learned the print)
Makes sense. Got me thinking - there must be server side software out there. Lots of schools use fingerprints / biometrics for catering payments. Anything that works with AD? On first instincts, wouldn't use it for secure systems, but infant age kids logging on to tied down machines and only access to home areas and VLE seems low risk.