Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (APDN-OTC.BB) announced today that it was invited by the Chairman of the New York Senate Higher Education Committee to speak about APDN’s digitalDNA™ technology to assist in blocking cheating on standardized tests, such as the SAT college entrance exam. Dr. James Hayward, President and CEO of Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., is expected to discuss how the Company’s digitalDNA technology can aid in preventing cheating.
This comes on the heels of a scandal discovered last November when dozens of individuals were arrested on Long Island—largely from Long Island's North Shore schools—and paid to take the SAT test for others. At least four test-takers have been accused of accepting cash payments of between $500 to $3,600.
The Company’s digitalDNA system creates a counterfeit-proof, secure ID card, which is embedded with infinitesimal molecules of plant DNA segments that authenticate a student's identity in a way that is completely uncopyable. There is also a scannable printed code, which visually represents the same identity information. The physical code of digitalDNA is embedded within the iconic code, and in covert locations on the card. Via a Smartphone or other mobile device, a scan is instantly done for exam-screening purposes, or at any other point. If necessary, a second level of screening is available—the plant DNA on the card may be swabbed and forensically evaluated. Information is sent wirelessly to and stored in an ultra-secure internet database in “a private cloud.”
This technology is already being used by the Federal Government at highly secured sites.
The compete CBS story can be found here.
A video clip of the interview can be found here.
The State Senate hearing on SAT cheating is scheduled for January 24th, between the hours of 12:00PM and 3:00PM in the Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room A in Albany, New York. This event will also be streamed live on the NY Senate, Committee on Higher Education webpage found at: http://www.nysenate.gov/committee/higher-education.
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