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    Israel to equip schools with biometric location systems

    Bezeq International announced Sunday that it will install 'cloud model' biometric location transmitters in every Israeli elementary school. The company refused to reveal the cost of the deal, but emphasized that it was a significant tender totaling tens of millions of shekels. The biometric location transmitters will be installed as part of the "New Horizon" program, whose purpose is to produce computerized statistical reports for the use of school principles and education ministry administrators at any point in time, using real-time figures. The statistics that will be gathered will be exported to the Education Ministry payroll system. Bezeq International education supervisor Kobi Ben Raphael explains, "The Education Ministry has been pushing for location transmitters, in order to pay teachers for the actual amount of hours spent working." Once the system is installed, more than 160,000 teachers and 4,500 schools will be required to report using the system. The system was installed in a few hundred schools in the last two months and the entire installation project will be completed within a year and a half.