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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The education authority of China has revealed plans to assign every primary and secondary student in the country with a unique ID number.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has ordered its disparate, provincial education departments to work with public security authorities to verify student IDs in their respective jurisdictions. The new initiative will begin with students that are soon to graduate from primary, junior and senior high schools.

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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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Nigeria’s Osun State Government has launched smart identity card for all public school students within the province. The initiative began with the Salvation Army School, and stresses a commitment on the part of the government to use technology to improve planning, resource allocation and service delivery in the education sector.

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Beginning with the upcoming 2014-15 school year, New Caney Independent School District will be implementing a new electronic tracking system that monitor students’ attendance on buses, ensuring that they ride the correct bus and exit at the right stops.

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