Biometrics In Test Delivery: Castle’s Photo Image Tracking

Castle’s Photo Image Tracking (PIT) solution is the easiest to implement for the candidate, test program, and test site. It also happens to be the most effective biometric tool.

Testing vendors have incorporated many types of biometrics to enhance candidate authentication, including palm vein scans, fingerprints, and voice print authentication (one of the methods we incorporate at Castle); however, the truth of the matter is that there is zero benefit for any of these solutions when it comes to authenticating a first time candidate.  Obtaining biometric data at the time of application is critical for any biometric method to be useful; however, even if that was occurring, there is no verified database to which these biometric samples are compared when someone reports for his/her first exam.

PIT tracks a photo image of the candidate throughout the entire process, beginning at the application stage, continuing thru the testing stage, and follows the candidates as they present their credentials to the public.

A biometric solution that begins before test delivery and follows the candidate long afterwards is much more effective than attempting to authenticate a candidate at one stage, the test taking stage.  The ultimate goal is assuring the public that the person holding the certification is the one who sat for the exam.  Therefore, there is comfort for the patient when they see a Nursing Certificate with the image of his/her nurse on the actual certificate, the same image that the proctor verified when the then-candidate reported for his/her examination.

How PIT works:

  1. The candidate submits a digital photo at the time of applying for the examination.  Castle’s online Candidate Management System (CMS) makes it easy for candidates to upload a digital photograph as part of the application process.  Castle accepts photos in common formats including JPG and PNG.
  2. The digital photo becomes part of the candidate’s record in the candidate database and is tracked throughout the entire testing process.
    1. The photo appears on the candidate’s confirmation notice, which the proctor compares to the candidate’s face and government-issued photo identification with signature.
    2. The photo appears on the candidate log-in screen so the proctor may attest that the correct person is taking the correct exam.
    3. The photo appears as an icon on the screen throughout the exam ensuring candidates cannot change seats.
    4. The photo appears on the score report that is printed at the exam site ensuring stake holders that the person who holds the score is the same one who took the test.
    5. The photo appears on the candidate’s certificate so that the public will know without a doubt that the certificate belongs to that specific individual.

 

In addition to being the most effective biometric solution in test delivery PIT is also the most:

  • Convenient.  A digital photograph is much more convenient for the candidate to provide at the time of application than a fingerprint, palm vein scan, etc.
  • Cost-effective.  There is no additional cost to the candidate and no equipment to purchase or maintain at the test site.
  • Consistent and reliable.  Other biometric solutions have equipment that can break.  PIT works 100% of the time as it does not require additional equipment to be shipped, installed, and maintained.
  • “A biometric solution that begins before test delivery and follows the candidate long afterwards is much more effective than attempting to authenticate a candidate at one stage, the test taking stage. The ultimate goal is assuring the public that the person holding the certification is the one who sat for the exam. “

    Scott Greene