Students in several schools in China have uniforms with GPS tracking embedded chips.
(Guanyu Technology, via ABC News)
Ten schools in China need a new “intelligent uniforms” that will track students ‘ whereabouts with embedded computer chips.
The uniforms, which are equipped with a GPS device that was developed by a local tech company, are intended to ensure that students do not skip class. Alarms are set to go off when a student walks out of the school building, or falls asleep during a lesson.
According to the state-run media, while the school administrators and parents have access to the data on the location, the director of the Renhuai Lin Zongwu said that “we choose not to verify the correct location of the students after school.”
Zongwu is also to be noted that the attendance rates have risen dramatically since the uniform introduction.
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The company project manager told the state-run Global Times that the two chips embedded in uniforms can be washed up to 500 times and is resistant to temperatures up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
According to ABC, the company posted a public statement saying the uniforms “focus on safety” and a “smart management” method that benefits for students, teachers and parents.
The chips reportedly can also be used as a cashless payment system for snacks purchased at the school, although the parents and the school would see everything a student buys.
In addition, if students try to exchange uniforms in order to leave the campus, the system is designed to prevent: facial recognition scanners at the school match the chips with the correct student, reports the Telegraph.
The technology that is used in the southwest of China’s Guizhou province, has apparently led to a debate on China’s social media platforms.
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“I think it is good,” wrote Yi Zhi Sirius on China’s micro-blogging site, Weibo, according to the Telegraph. “First of all, it prevents the unemployed and homeless thugs or potential criminals from entering the schools; second, the uniforms will come in handy in cases of finding missing students.”
Another user said: “It is horrible. I think that the parents agreed to this after being brainwashed.”
Two years ago, China’s Ministry of Education promoted the development of “smart campus” as part of the Five Year Plan.