Saturday, August 28, 2010

California County Fits Preschoolers with Radio Frequency Tags

to save teachers and school administrators time and money.

Remember my post on Wal-Mart tagging the jeans with radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, and the expert's comment that "benefit far outweighs any concerns" over privacy? I guess children are less than Wal-Mart jeans when it comes to privacy. They are at the same level as dogs and cats...

California students get tracking devices (8/18/2010 AP via Mercury News)

"RICHMOND, Calif.—California officials are outfitting preschoolers in Contra Costa County with tracking devices they say will save staff time and money.
The system was introduced Tuesday. When at the school, students will wear a jersey that has a small radio frequency tag. The tag will send signals to sensors that help track children's whereabouts, attendance and even whether they've eaten or not.

"School officials say it will free up teachers and administrators who previously had to note on paper files when a child was absent or had eaten.

"Sung Kim of the county's employment and human services department said the system could save thousands of hours of staff time and pay for itself within a year.

"It cost $50,000 and was paid by a federal grant."

A federal grant: economic aid issued by the United States government out of the general federal revenue. A federal grant is an award of financial assistance from a federal agency to a recipient to carry out a public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by a law of the United States. (Wikipedia)

Your tax money at work.


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