Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Schools add RFID tagging to student IDs

Monday, June 18, 2012

Student ID cards equipped with RFID are starting to show up more and more in K-12 schools. According to Labeling News, schools are now adopting RFID technology to track everything from student attendance to valuable assets.

Tracking attendance with RFID could help school districts recoup more money since the number of students in a classroom has a role in determining the revenue a school receives. One Texas school district is already piloting RFID student tags in two of its schools.

Another use for RFID is improving safety in classrooms and on campus. A panic button could be added to IDs in case of emergency. Temporary passes can also be issued to keep track of visitors and send automatic alerts should someone be someplace he shouldn’t be or if he overstays a scheduled departure time.

As for tracking expensive assets, tags can be affixed to laptops and projectors to keep them secure while making it easier to locate them.

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed a new bill that’s intended to deter identify thieves, as well as quell concerns from parents.

House Bill 1076, signed last month, mandates that public school students in Louisiana will receive unique identification numbers to replace the Social Security numbers, which are currently on students’ academic files. The bill was drawn into the debate following the fear that student information forms that accompany the state’s Common Core tests would be vulnerable to data breaches.

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In Georgia, Chattooga County School officials are planning to use new student ID cards to help track students as they board and depart school buses.

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Missouri lawmakers are rallying behind a bill that seeks to eliminate the use of RFID badges in state schools. Citing student privacy and security, legislators have taken a firm stance on RFID, particularly as it relates to the use of the technology for tracking purposes.

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Paying for school lunches in Geneva, Ill. is about to be overhauled this coming school year, as district 304 will move to a new web-based lunch debit system.

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