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Not your ’80s dining hall
At the University of Maryland College Park, students enter the dining hall with a wave of their hand at each of the three dining halls. Installed in August 2016, biometric hand readers allow users to place their hand above a touchless sensor to gain access. The readers use 3D fingerprint technology capable of scanning fingerprints and identifying people. Instant scanning allows for easier, faster entry at the university’s dining hall.

Hand-in-hand with dramatic spaces featuring open, flexible seating areas and market-style food courts, campus dining halls are open around the clock. “Access decreases the incentive for overeating,” said Hipple. “Students take smaller portions and return if they need a snack.”

Dining halls are also about more than meals. Usually in a central location on a campus, today’s dining halls are where students gather, socialize and study. At the University of Maryland, students enjoy chess games, Connect4 and performances. “It’s a different experience than the dining hall of the past,” said Hipple.