Connecticut district mulls RFID tracking of students

Connecticut’s New Canaan Public Schools have been invited to participate in a technology experiment that would involve potentially placing radio frequency strips on student or staff ID cards or on school items such as laptops to enhance security and increase efficiencies, reports the New Canaan Advertiser. However, the school board is awaiting more information before deciding whether to jump on board. SecureRF Corp. in Westport, a company that examines ways to use and market radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, recently approached members of the district after applying for a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct science research. The company is looking to examine ways to use RFID technology in commercial practices and schools, and founder and CEO Louis Parks is casting his eyes on the New Canaan district to help explore different ideas. “We are looking to test this technology with a partner,” Parks told school board members last week. “The primary role we are looking for from you is the feedback and input.” Should the company receive the grant, which Parks said is a “90 percent” certainty, his company is proposing to implement a pilot program at New Canaan High School where the district and the company could examine whether RFID technology could be applicable in a school setting. School board members supported the idea of continuing the discussion and exploring the idea but said additional details would need to be finalized before they would sign off on participation…

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