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Jun 02, 2009

Whitburn School to implement DRS biometric solution for real-time registration, library management and cashless catering

The newly built Whitburn Church Of England School in Sunderland is to implement a biometric e-Registration solution to dramatically improve its registration and attendance process – ensuring it has clean, instant, accurate and consistent data that monitors student whereabouts whilst helping to provide real-time information to parents.

Following an invitation to tender, education technology provider, DRS has been contracted to deliver its e-Registration solution, IntelliReg®, in 50 classrooms and changing rooms around the school to help deliver lesson level registration. DRS, together with its ‘best of breed’ partners, CRB Solutions and BioStore, will be providing a complete student identity management solution including e-Registration and a cashless system to manage the catering and library environment which will provide greater security for students and more flexibility for parents.

DRS sales & marketing director, Denton van Niekerk, comments: “With over three decades of working with schools we have a complete understanding of the e-Registration environment and can offer a full range of innovative solutions to meet any school’s requirement. We understand that the safety of students is key and our technology and solutions have been designed with this in mind. With our partnerships with BioStore and CRB Solutions, Whitburn will be able to benefit from our unique combination of skills and expertise and enjoy the wealth of management information we are able to provide on its students at its fingertips.”

DRS IntelliReg® is an electronic registration and access control solution, which electronically records the presence, absence or lateness of students and is able to fully integrate into the cashless school environment. With IntelliReg® registration software, students use their card, fingertip or a PIN to register. All readers are in constant communication with the controlling PC, delivering real-time information, necessary for managing registration and attendance accurately and efficiently. Each registration contains the date, time and reader ID to determine the whereabouts of students at any given time. The DRS solution also has the capability to interface seamlessly with the school’s management information system (MIS), providing real-time update of data for accurate attendance monitoring whilst saving valuable teaching time.

Alasdair Darroch, BioStore managing director comments: “Because the BioStore database eliminates the need to maintain multiple biometric databases across the variety of applications used in schools, both the DRS e-Registration system and CRB’s cashless system will securely access the central database. This will ensure Whitburn is able to enjoy a single, high quality biometric system that fully and seamlessly integrates with its e-Registration and student management and tracking systems. We are delighted to be working with DRS and CRB Solutions, the market leaders in their respective fields, on this project.”

Russell Hawes, sales & marketing manager for CRB Solutions added: “Combining our cashless catering payment systems with the DRS and BioStore e-Registration and biometric products, Whitburn really will be able to reap the full benefits of this powerful ‘best of breed’ solution.” 

Additional Information:


DRS has the skills and expertise to manage data capture projects of any size or complexity around the world. Specialising in examination and assessment processing, electronic marking and student attendance and registration solutions, DRS has four decades experience in managing complex educational data capture projects. Our e-Registration solutions are designed to specifically meet the new and unique demands of real-time update of data and can be combined with access control, cashless environments and SMS to parents to help combat truancy. Complete solutions are implemented using the Company’s extensive expertise in innovative technologies, award winning scanning and image capture scanners, software, document design, printing, logistics, project management and consultancy.


BioStore Limited is the leading provider of biometric technology for schools in the UK. It provides a central database which attaches a biometric identifier to a student record, so that a student seeking to use any service within a school can be identified. Students wishing to register for a class, borrow books from the library, or have a meal in the school canteen, will have their identity confirmed by BioStore. Visit www.biostore.co.uk for more information.

CRB Solutions

CRBS designs, builds and maintains industry leading, reliable and functional cashless payment systems under the brand name IMPACT, providing a full service from consultancy, installation, training and launch through to an exceptional after-sales support service. Founded in 1963, it has accumulated much experience in secure, online cashless catering since its first installation in 1993. To date more than 1500 schools throughout the UK are using an IMPACT cashless system. Visit www.impactcashless.co.uk/ for more details.