School RFID track, Schools to track kids with RFID chips, Students at two San Antonio schools will soon have their locations tracked using Radio Frequency Identification System chips. The Northside Independent School District is hoping the technology will make attendance counting more accurate and, if so, may expand the program, district-wide, to more than 100,000 students.
RFID Locator Chips Embedded In School Uniforms Keep Track Of Students In Brazil, Grade-school students in a northeastern Brazilian city are using uniforms embedded with locator chips that help alert parents if they're cutting classes, the city's education secretary said Thursday.
Twenty thousand students in 25 of Vitoria da Conquista's 213 public schools started using T-shirts with chips earlier this week, secretary Coriolano Moraes said by telephone.
Radio frequency chips in "intelligent uniforms" let a computer know when children enter school and it sends a text message to their cell phones. Parents are also alerted if kids don't show up 20 minutes after classes begin with the following message: "Your child has still not arrived at school."
"We noticed that many parents would bring their children to school but would not see if they actually entered the building because they always left in a hurry to get to work on time," Moraes said in a telephone interview. "They would always be surprised when told of the number times their children skipped class.
After a student skips classes three times parents will be asked to explain the absences. If they fail to do so, the school may notify authorities, Moares said.
The city government invested $670,000 to design, test and make the microchipped T-shirts, he said.
The T-shirts, can be washed and ironed without damaging the chips, Moraes said adding that the chips have a "security system that makes tampering virtually impossible."
Moraes said that Vitoria da Conquista is the first city in Brazil "and maybe in the world" to use this system.
"I believe we may be setting a trend because we have received many requests from all over Brazil for information on how our system works," he said.