IIT-Kharagpur develops radio frequency tracker for safety of school kids

Low-cost technology will address concerns of parents & arrest proclivity towards private vehicles as a transport option for school goers.

In a bid to make children's commute to and from schools safe, a team at IIT-Kharagpur has designed an electronic tracking system through radio frequency identification (RFID) tags which would soon be flagged off at a school here.

The low-cost technology will help address concerns of parents and arrest the proclivity towards private vehicles as a transport option for school goers, the experts say.

RFID is the use of radio waves to read and capture information stored on a tag attached to an object. It consists of a tag or label and a reader.

"The student ID cards would be tagged with RFID. On the bus there would be a RFID reader and when the card is 'read', the student is identified in the database. The buses would be enabled with GPS devices which is an inexpensi