Attendance of Students to Be Registered By Beacons Developed By IIT Delhi
Marking the attendance of students has been quite difficult. So, in order to end this problem of attendance marking for teachers and students, a new technique is developed by the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. The method makes use of beacons in smartphones and classrooms. Investing an amount of Rs 14 lakh, beacons are set up by the debut institute in all their classrooms. The beacons function as a sensor the moment a student will enter the classroom.
A smartphone can be used by the students to register their out and in attendance by clicking on the spot picture and then upload it. This will be one of the projects to be exhibited at the Open House of MIT on April 22, which is an annual event to offer a perception into the innovative research work, the several laboratories & advanced facilities present at the institute, and the projects done by students.
Brejesh Lall, IIT professor and Project in-charge, said, “Attendance marking has been a mundane practice for teachers and also there are complaints from students about the dissimilarities between their registered attendance and real attendance. Thus, we have come up with a setting that is feasible for teachers as well as students and also technology operated. Further, a mobile app is been developed and synchronized with the beacons with the use of two technologies, namely, face recognition and geo-fencing. A student can click his/her picture when they enter the class at any time point and upload it without disturbing the class on the app.”
The data will be gathered in the dashboard and then the project team will collect all the data and give it to the IIT server in the evening every day. The team also conducted a pilot study for 8 months before heading for the large-scale installation of beacons. A patent is also been filled for this new mechanism to explore commercialization perspectives for the project.
The other projects that will be displayed during the Open House are saliva-based non-invasive glucose biosensor, development of blast proof infrastructure for Indian borders, eco-friendly and low-cost cement, and an Automatic Strap Mechanism for a motorcycle helmet.
To what extent will this technology be beneficial to the students and teachers? What is your opinion?