The brutal assault and murder of a seven-year-old in Gurgaon’s Ryan International school must prompt schools in the country to implement more stringent measures that ensure the safety of students. No parent should ever have the ill-fate of sending their child to school in the morning and never have them return.
From ID cards that double as tracking devices to audio-recording facilities in washrooms, school administrations are exploring various options to monitor their student’s safety in buses and on school premises.
Delhi Public School Society has issued RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Card) I-Cards, which have a smart-tracking chip, to students. This allows schools and parents to know where their child is at any time as well as keep tabs on when a student boards a school bus or gets down, the Mirror reported.
This RFID system does not require to be swiped but enables tracking. Parents are alerted by an SMS when their kid/s board and de-boards the bus. The same happens when the child leaves school.
The School Of India campuses in the city has adopted the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which is used in cards to track and monitor exact timings of the children. A passive device, such as an NFC tag, contains information that other devices can read but does not read any information itself
Priya Krishnan, Founder and CEO, KLAY Schools told the Mirror that her schools are installed with audio-recording devices. “The washrooms are also enabled with audio-recording facilities to ensure that children can be heard in the case of an emergency,” she added.