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As New York lawmakers consider a bill that would make cheating on the SAT a felony, one company thinks it has the answer to thwarting testing fraud: the “digitalDNA™
Dr. James Hayward, president and CEO of Long Island-based Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., said the "absolutely unbreakable"
"This is a very affordable approach and it's one we think will become widespread as a consequence,"
Dr. Hayward presented the technology during a recent hearing before the New York Senate Higher Education Committee. He said Applied DNA, a public company that is affiliated with Stony Brook University's Center for Excellence in Wireless & Information Technology, is now in early discussions with officials at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and The College Board, which administer the SAT.
On test day, the student presents the digitalDNA™
- Code is scanned
- Identity data is retrieved from cloud
- 3-point identity comparison is conducted-student, database, ID card
Student can enter testing area only once
- Time and location recorded
"Roaming" students are quickly identified
For added security, a DNA-marked, fluorescing image is imprinted on the back of the card. The digitalDNA code is protected with a DNA marker. The cost of the program would be "pennies per card," Hayward said, and would ultimately be based on the number of authentications used by school officials.
"Botanical DNA markers transform SAT identification cards into robust evidentiary tools that can assist in criminal prosecution efforts,” Dr. Hayward continued. “The challenge is to ensure that actual, eligible, registered participants complete their exams. We are confident that digitalDNA can assist in achieving the goal of an effective, easy-to-use and affordable system for preventing testing fraud.
“The goal is preserving exam integrity and maintaining a level playing field for all participants, and the solution is enhanced preregistration in tandem with identity verification before and after exams,” he added.
To learn more, go to http://www.adnas.com.
About Applied DNA Sciences, Inc.
Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. sells patent-protected DNA security solutions to protect products, brands and intellectual property from counterfeiting and diversion. SigNature DNA is a botanical mark used to authenticate products in a unique manner that essentially cannot be copied, and provide a forensic chain of evidence that can be used to prosecute perpetrators. To learn more, go to http://www.adnas.com where APDN routinely posts all press releases.
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