A new project in Spain, called KanGo!, is issuing smart cards to Barcelona school children to be used for identification when riding public transit.
According to NFCWorld, six schools in Barcelona are issuing contactless cards to students who rely on public transport to get to class. The program will also enable parents can monitor their children as they travel and be notified when their child has arrived at school.
Assistants equipped with NFC smartphones scan the children’s cards and monitor their progress as they board and depart buses. The KanGo! project is the brainchild of Spanish startup Aditium, and is being delivered in partnership with the city’s transit authority, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona. Also at the table are transport management foundation Fundación Abertis, mobile network operator Telefonica and the Catalan Society for Down Syndrome (Fundació Catalana Síndrome de Down). Thus far, the project is being used in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi school district in Barcelona.
An Aditium spokesperson explains that the project sees every student issued a KanGo! ID card, while assistants from the Catalan Society for Down Syndrome greet children as they arrive at designated KanGo! bus stops. One the students arrive, the assistants use a smartphone app to scan the students’ NFC card to verify they have arrived safely.
The app also communicates, in real-time, to an Aditium server and send email or SMS confirmations to parents when their children depart a bus and when they check into school.
The project is designed for school children between the ages of 8 and 13, and will hopefully add a layer of security and safety to the city school district, which serves more than 40,000 students.
See KanGo! card in action here.