Attendance Tracking with RFID Technology

Using Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) for attendance tracking offers a few advantages:

  1. Speed: To record attendance, all you need is to bring the RFID tag within a proximity of about an inch from the reader.  The process is quick and there is no swiping or scanning involved.
  2. Cost: RFID tags are amazingly cheap (less than 30 cents each for the RFID key fob).  The reader is also inexpensive (less than $30 each for a computer reader).
  3. Convenience: The tag is provided in many forms including a key fob that can be attached to a keychain.  There is also an option for RFID wristbands.  The reader is compact and light weight.
  4. Security: The RFID tag does not carry any personal information and can be easily replaced if lost.

RFID Readers

We offer two types of RFID readers:

(1) RFID Computer Reader

This light weight and small reader connects to your computer to read the tags. The RFID computer reader costs $29. Here is a photo of the RFID computer reader and tag.  The Sharpie is used as a reference for the size of the reader and the gold RFID key fob on the right.

RFID Keyfob and reader

 

IMPORTANT: The RFID reader is an input device that connects to your computer just like a keyboard does. To capture the sign-in or sign-out, your computer must be running the AccuClass sign-in station in the foreground when the reader is used.  If you close AccuClass, minimize it, or switch away from it, then the sign-in or sign-out will NOT be captured.  In other words, you must dedicate the computer to running AccuClass while capturing the sign-ins or sign-outs with the RFID Reader.

Apple Mac Compatability

While the RFID reader shows the Windows logo on it, it should work with your Apple computers.  We tested the RFID reader on an iMac computer running OS X Yosemite and it worked fine.  All we needed to do is plug it to the USB port of the iMac and it was up and running.  You can verify that it works with your hardware by ordering one unit and testing it. 

(2) RFID Time Clock

Instead of a computer attached RFID reader, you can use a wall-mounted time clock.  This offers a few advantages: 

  1. The time clock is a stand-alone device and does not require a computer to work.
  2. The time clock has compact size and does not take a lot of space.
  3. Attendees can record their own sign-ins on the time clock. 
  4. If you have a computer in the room, you can use it for other things (e.g. running your PowerPoint) while capturing the sign-ins and sign-outs at the same time with the time clock.


RFID Tags

The RFID tags are basically electronic chips  located in a plastic enclosure and connected to a spiral antenna.  The tags come in many formats.  Pick the format that best meets your particular application:

(1) RFID Key Fob 

The RFID key fob is easy to use and inexpensive RFID tags.  Pick from a variety of colors including red, gold, blue, green, black and gray.  The RFID key fobs cost 29 cents each and are sold in lots of 100.

 

 

(2) RFID ID Cards

You can use special ID cards with an embedded RFID tag for the sign-in and sign-out process.  Contact us for more info on this option.

 

(3) RFID Wristbands

The RFID Wristbands are ideal for applications like gym membership.  The silicone wristbands are waterproof and available in all kinds of attractive colors and sizes.  Wristbands can be molded or screen printed with your custom logo or promotional message. Contact us with your requirements for a price quote.

RFID Wristbands


Software Applications that Support RFID Technology

Currently the following Engineerica software supports RFID technology:

(1) AccuClass: Classroom attendance tracking software.

(2) AccuClub: Club, gym, and other member attendance tracking software. 

(3) AccuTrack: Academic Center Management Software.  Version 13 and later.

(4) AccuSQL: Academic Center Management Software with SQL Server backend.  Version 13 and later.

(5) AccuTraining: Cloud-based employee training tracker.

In addition, we are working on adding RFID technology support to the following software:

(6) Accudemia: Cloud-based academic center management software.

(7) AccuLite: Basic visits tracking software.


Ordering RFID Readers and Tags

To order RFID tags and readers, or for pricing info, simply contact us.