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VCU iris cameras designed to speed up campus dining

VCU is rolling out iris cameras that could make it a whole lot faster to make it through the dining hall. (Credit: NBC12) VCU is rolling out iris cameras that could make it a whole lot faster to make it through the dining hall. (Credit: NBC12)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Virginia Commonwealth University is rolling out a new convenience that could make it a whole lot faster to make it through the dining hall... and all you need is your eyes.

Shafer Hall on the VCU campus serves about 5,000 meals a day. That's a lot of food and a lot of people, which means things can get congested.

"Sometimes the line can get long, go down the stairs and kind of to the door," said Stephen Barr, director of campus services.

That's where two iris cameras come in. It may sound like something you'd see in a sci-fi movie, but VCU is actually just the latest university to use the technology.

It's more simple than it sounds. Here's how it works:

"All the iris cameras do is essentially take a picture of your eye. We don't keep the picture of your eye . We translate that into a number that we correlate with the student's ID," Barr explained.

Within two seconds of looking at the iris camera, the meal is deducted and you can walk right in. In addition to speeding things up, it's also a big help when you don't have or lost your ID.

Barr says it's like an EZ Pass for your meal.

"If we can save a few minutes off their day, that they can use those minutes to do more studying or whatever they need to do, we think we're moving toward the right direction," he said

The iris cam is not mandatory, it's completely optional. VCU will officially roll it out when school starts next week. 

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