Could I Monitor Student Testing via RFID?

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Ask The ExpertsCould I Monitor Student Testing via RFID?
RFID Journal Staff asked 8 years ago

I am looking for a case study or a proven asset-tracking solution for the distribution of examination papers, as well as for theft alarm notification, for more than 700,000 national student exams. Where might I find this?

—Maru (Europe)



In 2015, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) launched an RFID-based solution to enable testing supervisors to confirm the identity of every student taking a test, in order to thwart exam fraud by college applicants and provide security. The system validates each student and stores data regarding who takes which test, as well as when and where this takes place. The solution—provided by Botosoft Technologies, of Lagos, Nigeria—employs HID Global passive high-frequency (HF) RFID tags, printer-encoders and readers (see West African Examinations Council Manages Student Testing Via RFID).

Additionally, there are several examples of organizations utilizing the technology to track and authenticate paperwork:

The American University of Sharjah and dozens of other colleges throughout the United Arab Emirates are placing RFID tags on the diplomas they issue, in order to ensure the documents' validity, as well as speed up the process of university registration. The RFID application has been employed by 50 universities and roughly 15,000 students throughout the country to date.

The American University of Sharjah attaches tags to all diplomas that it issues. Employees trained to work with the system transfer the students' information to the tags using an RFID reader. When students want to continue coursework, they can take the diploma to a Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research (MOHESR) office for registration or attestation. The ministry's staff uses readers at various MOHESR offices to determine whether a particular student's degree is valid (by reading the information on that diploma's encrypted tag), and to quickly collect pertinent information for registration. For more details about the system, see UAE Universities Adopt RFID to Thwart Diploma Forgery.

Here are some stories we have published that explain how other organizations are tracking paperwork via RFID:

Bahrain Government Agency Tracks Files With RFID

RFID Helps FDA Caseworkers Track Important Paperwork

RFID Helps Cordes & Simon Document Shipments

Maryland Court Tries UHF RFID File-Tracking System

Austrian Bank Finds RFID Yields Big Returns When Tracking Loan Files

U.S. Court Finds RFID Less Taxing for File Tracking

San Bernardino Human Services RFID-enables File Warehouse

RFID Brings Order to the Law

In addition, 3M sells a high-frequency (HF) 13.45 MHz file-tracking system. And there is also a company called FileTrail that sells a complete file-tracking system. You might want to contact these companies.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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