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Tracking schoolkids with RFID comes to America

Peter Rojas
RFID school badge

Using RFID tags to keep tabs on schoolkids isn't just for the Japanese anymore (and for once we're only several months behind them, not several years): for tracking purposes a school district in Texas has issued each of their students an ID badge with an RFID chips embedded inside of it. The school can instantly see on a computer screen where each student is on campus (in theory teachers wouldn't have to take attendance anymore, they'd just be automatically alerted when someone was absent) and when and where they get on or off the school bus (so they can find out immediately if a student gets off at the wrong stop on their way home). Pretty much kills the childhood ritual of cutting class, at least for the kids who aren't smart enough to leave their badges on campus when they ditch.

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