RFID for Attendance Tracking

RFID readers are used for attendance tracking at Loyola University.

In High School, attendance was essential to performance and students were even rewarded for missing very few or no days. But, in college, especially in large lecture halls, attendance is not always taken. Assistant economics professors Mehmet Dicle and John Levendis, of Loyola University New Orleans, are looking to change that by using an RFID-based system .

Whenever students enter the classroom, they can simply place their chip near the RFID reader and wait for the “beep.” Each RFID chip has a magnetic signature that correlates to a 10 digit ID number. Information is instantly sent to a database where all student attendance, including the exact date and time, is stored. In addition, the attendance tracking solution includes software that allows both professors and students to track their attendance.

The solution saves time, as attendance and role calling need not take place. If you’re thinking that students could sign their friends in, then think again. The system was set up so that only one RFID chip can be read every three seconds. If a student were to try and scan their friends’ card, he/she would have to awkwardly wait three seconds in front of the classroom before being able to scan another card.

Depending on the size of the classes, I could definitely see this being a useful tool for attendance tracking. Sorry kids, but your days of skipping class are numbered.

While I’ve seen RFID used in schools, this is the first instance at the University level. Let us know what you think about RFID attendance tracking at the University level by commenting below, or on our Facebook or twitter pages. Learn more about RFID.