Student Time and Attendance
The RFID can be implemented in a school environment to derive the benefits for all stakeholders – students, parents, teachers, and management. Each student will be given an RFID tag to wear. This can be in the form of an ID card or a part of their daily uniform. Each RFID tag will be pre programmed according to the unique user profile of the student. The antennas will be placed in strategic locations like school gate, classroom doors, library, canteen, etc. Multiple antennas can be placed around the same location to increase accuracy and work as a standby to avoid the single point of failure.
The antennas will be connected to RFID readers and power sources through a well-planned grid of power cables and communication cables. The RFID readers are then connected to a computer to store and process the information and database. This computer will be connected to the student information system whereby different alerts are sent to the stakeholders. Ex: SMS alerts to parents when the student enters the main gate, Mobile app notifications when the student enters or leaves a certain area.
Benefits of using RFID Attendance System in schools
- Security & Safety
A well-implemented RFID attendance system provides security to the daily operations and safety of the students. As all the information about the student after the student enters the gate in the morning till leaving in the evening is recorded and communicated with the parents, there is less worry about the safety of the students. Since all the details are communicated to parents through SMS or mobile apps, the parents find peace of mind and they can focus on their work easily.
- Fast Communication
Without an automated RFID solution, each of the updates has to be manually entered into the student information system to communicate with the parents. According to the workload of teachers and admin staff, this task might be done either end of the day or once every week. This is not helpful to the parents as this is the same as how schools are operated before the advent of technology. With RFID solution all the location data is captured and communicated to the student information system instantly. According to the settings selected by the student information system operator, the same information will be delivered to the parents on pre-set timing and logic.
- Better Discipline & Better Grades
It is observed and proven in case studies that a well-monitored school will have better discipline compared to schools without surveillance. This is not only because of the improved discipline of the kids, but also due to the improved discipline of various non-teaching staff in the school like security guards, bus drivers, maids etc.. When students are aware of the fact that the attendance is tracked live and communicated to parents instantaneously, this will avoid disciplinary issues. And better-disciplined students produce better grades and good citizens.
Attendance System for Teachers and Non-Teaching Staff
While the RFID system is mainly used for tracking of students’ attendance, the same system can be extended to track the attendance and movement of teachers and non-teaching staff without an increase in cost. The same hardware and software components can be used to generate reports on teachers and non-teaching staff attendance and behavior in the school campus and use the data to run payroll automatically.