Students in Spain Can Register for Classes Via NFC

Samsung and near-field communication technology are now entering the academe.

The mobile phone manufacturer has just entered into a deal with the School of Engineering and Architecture at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca in Madrid, Spain that provides for the development as well as for the trial run of an NFC-based system for student registration or, in other words, student attendance monitoring.

This NFC-based project will involve the use of mobile phones to register students for their classes. This, in turn, will make it much easier for teachers and professors to keep track of each student’s attendance record. This will eliminate the teachers’ need to do a manual roll call and will result in their better use of school hours.  So instead of wasting a few minutes of each class doing the roll call, teachers can start on their lessons immediately.

A campus team, which is headed by Professor Sergio Rios, will be the one to develop and pilot test the NFC-based student attendance application that makes use of Samsung handsets. These phones will be running two different OS or operating systems: Android and Bada 2.0. The pilot trial is expected to go live next academic term.

During this trial run, students will be equipped with NFC-enabled mobile phones, which they can use to register their course attendance. All they have to do is touch their phone with an NFC tag that’s positioned at the classroom’s entrance.

We think that this is a really great project between Samsung and the university. Aside from proving that there’s indeed more to NFC than just mobile payment solutions, this NFC-based student attendance app targets a specific audience and will be inarguably helpful and beneficial to them.

However, it gives rise to the question of whether it will be practical in the long run.  What are the alternatives?  What if a student forgets his or her phone at home, or loses it?  Will a student still be able to register his or her attendance?

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