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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State College Area High School is now using school-issued IDs to log student attendance and record violations.

Beginning April 7, State College Area High School students will swipe their student identification card upon arriving at school in the morning. Curtis Johnson, associate principal at State High School North, insists the new system will improve the accuracy of attendance records and hopefully raise academic performance as students won’t be able to fake class attendance.

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Students in Shanghai can now use electronic student ID cards to gain free or reduced admission to 60 of the city’s science and history museums, sports arenas and cultural venues.

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PlascoTrac has announced the release of Hero, a cloud-based incident management solution that enables administrators and teachers to log student progress in the classroom, reinforce positive behavior and analyze how student behavior impacts academic performance.

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The much-publicized biometrics bill in the state of Florida – SB 188 proposed by Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange – has passed through he House without any additional amendments. The bill awaits Gov. Rick Scott’s signature before becoming law.

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