In today’s electronic age, Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFIDs) have become an integral part of our lives. From passports to libraries to payment cards, all come equipped with RFID chips and are gradually replacing bar-code labels on consumer goods.

Child safety has emerged as one of the main issues to have plagued school administration over the last few years. Since this is of paramount importance, several advancements are being made to ensure that children are safe in educational institutions. RFID is one such measure to have been implemented the world over. RFID is no stranger to Indian educational institutions with several renowned schools having implemented this RFID based student attendance system with SMS to parents on entry and exit from school.

There are several companies offering RFID based services for schools and colleges. One such company is School Pixa, which provides these systems for as low as Rs. 15/student/month. This investment includes the cost of the device as well as the RFID card. Instant SMS is sent to parents upon entry or exit of their child from the school campus. With a real-time system such as this, it is possible to monitor and track children from anywhere to ensure that they are safe and secure.

How exactly does the RFID Attendance System with SMS work?  

The process for RFID attendance system with SMS is as simple as plug and play. All you have to do is plug in your portable and wireless RFID show and go device to a power supply. Students are then required to present their I-card to the machine. This will trigger an instant SMS for their parents. This attendance is also stored on the secure cloud and can be viewed at any time by school administration.

As an additional security measure, some schools have also deployed RFID walk through attendance gates which work the same way as the show and go version. Wireless RFID devices are also installed in school buses that trigger an SMS alert to the parents once their child enters or leaves the bus. This is done by reading the student ID card which doubles as an RFID card.

The RFID system has also changed library management systems tremendously. Instead of maintaining manual logs of book withdrawals and returns, the reader scans the book’s RFID tag and cross checks on the cloud with the student’s ID. This is an effective way of keeping a check on book returns and preventing theft.

Advantages of an RFID Attendance System

Such a system comes with a multitude of advantages:

  • Instant reporting/storage of attendance on the cloud/web server
  • Sending updates of registered attendances to admin and head of institutions
  • Sending SMS with multiple templates (e.g., Late, Absent, Present etc.)

Closing Thoughts

As is evident, RFID implementation has not only improved student attendance dramatically, but parents who are constantly worried about the safety of their kids during transit can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

Thus, futuristic schools are no longer a distant dream. School automation is on their doorstep.