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Smart ID Cards

As part of the new digital normal ushered by industry 4.0 schools are shifting to smart id cards for learners to capture every data point of their education offering and learning experiences. 

EduSmart is an integrated solution for smart identification and cashless payments in  schools.  

EduSmart APP

EduSmart is a mobile and web application (APP) for driving the smart schools agenda through helping schools manage access, travel, profiles, payments etc. digitally and leverage the data generate for enhanced education experience for their learners. 

The APP is an interface for scanning smart id cards issued to learners with learner information in a barcode, QR code or an NFC card. The scans form records that schools can use to monitor and report on areas like school and class attendance, travel, resource allocation etc. 

The fact that EduSmart is hosted in the cloud ensures real time updates across users and the security of data beyond the device and the card used. As we add predictive intelligence in the not so distant future we expect EduSmart to transform schools and the delivering of education in the African continent.

Use Cases Overview

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Automated Access and Attendance

At the basic level smart ID cards serve two functions in a school environment; first they control access to the school and the different parts of the school, second they record attendance as access records are generated automatically upon scanning. This eliminates the need for paper attendance registers and empowers the school to control access while generating visual dashboard reports on attendance in the school, class periods and extra curricula activities. 

The real advantage of scanning smart cards is that the records update in real time and propagate to all relevant users with permission which allows for prompt interventions where necessary. A simple example is the case of a learner whom upon not scanning in at school entrance or first class period trigger a notification to the parent after triangulating with reported cases of absenteeism. 

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Automated Travel Records

Travel is an integral part of school activities as learner and educators tour for educational, sporting and other extra curricula activities. Smart ID cards ensure that learners are tracked as they check-in, board and checkout of transportation and accommodation facilities. As learners scan their cards a record is generated of each activity and allows supervising educators and management left at school to have live updates of the travel itinerary. In a case in which one or more learners do not scan their cards an alert is sent ensuring that no learner is unaccounted for. 

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Boarding 

Smart ID cards are ideal for a boarding school environment where they can be applied in residences, dining halls, common rooms such as study rooms, TV rooms and activity centres. In addition to the school having a activity record of the boarding premises, over time the data tell a story of the utilisation of resources and empowers managers to make informed decision when looking to improve the experience of learners. 

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Learner Profiles

The scanning of the cards and the associated data entries generate a profile for each learner accounting for attendance, extra curricula activities and achievements, academic achievements and  capturing general progress and development of that learner. Such a rich profile become part of a life experience story of the learner in the future and can be referred to as the learner moves between schools and advances in the education system.

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Cashless Payments

EduSmart uses NFC technology or QR Code scanning for cashless payments within the school and/or during school trips interfacing with the smart cards. A cashless environment is ideal for schools given the challenges associated with managing cash, tracking payments by learners and having different people/educators accounting for cash collections and spending. 

Smart Cards can also be used for school reward (and penalties) system and fundraising including fetes, sport day sales and other activities.

 

EduSmart Plans

BARCODE SMART ID CARD

Basic Plan

Basic Plan ideal for early childhool centres and primary schools.

  • Student card with a barcode for student number scanning.

  • Barcode unique to each learner and corresponds to the unique profile of the learner.

  • Barcode can be read with an EduSmart App in a smart phone, tablet, laptop with an external reader or an barcode scanning device

BARCODE SMART ID CARD

Pro Plan

Pro Plan ideal for public secondary school and TVET colleges. 

  • Student card has a QR code with a virtual card profile of the student. 

  • QR Code unique to the student and corresponds to the unique profile of that learner.

  • QR Code can be read by the EduSmart App in a smart phone, tablet, laptop with an external reader or an QR code scanning device.

  • Student Profile transferable with the QR code if student changes school. 

  • QR Code and corresponding profile links to tertiary institution for application and migration of profile.

  • QR Code links to funding options for tertiary education including NSFAS, bursaries  and scholarships.

  • QR Code links to international study opportunities with the profile sharable for application processes. 

BARCODE SMART ID CARD

Premium Plan

Premium Plan ideal for private schools and tertiary institutions

  • Student card wired with NFC technology with a virtual card profile of the student. 

  • NFC UID unique to the student and corresponds to the unique profile of that learner.

  • NFC UID can be read by the EduSmart App in a smart phone, tablet, laptop with an external reader or an QR code scanning device.

  • Student Profile transferable with the NFC UID if student changes school. 

  • NFC UID and corresponding profile links to tertiary institution for application and migration of profile.

  • NFC UID links to funding options for tertiary education including NSFAS, bursaries  and scholarships.

  • NFC UID links to international study opportunities with the profile sharable for application processes. 

  • NFC UID can be used for payments, loading cash and transacting with POS technology.

  • NFC Chip information can be recoded as may be required.

Copyright: Future Schools 2020  by Digital Work Partners