Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Bukidnon State University installs its New RFID System

Bukidnon State University is a prestigious school in the Province of Bukidnon and also in Malaybalay City. Now that it entered its 5th year as a state university, the institution has planned out last 2007 a hi-tech system to monitor students' entry and exit and with that thought they have reached the idea of having the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) System. This system is a hi-tech process in which the students, personnel and faculty ID's will be read by a magnetic reader.

Metal detectors to monitor entry of metallic materials such as knives, guns and other things which can hurt or cause damage/s to the/an individual/s
As I went to Bukidnon State University last October 16, I had a chance to talk to the Head of the University Data Center and highly respected IT Officer Mr. Lemuel Mark Garcia to give me insights about the new system. Mr. Ramon Vincent Torres, a good friend and an instructor in BSU, came with me to also hear the great news this new system has to offer.

Mr. Garcia said that this system will be operational starting 2nd semester of School Year 2012-2013 although for students who still have their old ID's, they can still use them because it is not compulsory for them. But if one wants to avail the RFID, he/she has to get a reissuance slip and pay to the Cashier. Starting School Year 2013-2014, 1st year students will have RFIDs. The IDs of personnels and faculties are now RFIDs.

Mr. Garcia also cited that the system is still on its 1st phase. The system's 2nd phase will be an all-purpose ID which would allow a student to borrow book/s in the library, access his/her account, method of payment at the canteen and others (note: only inside the university campus.), pay tuition, etc. He also shared that its 3rd phase will be with the partnership with the leading telecommunications networks to enable a process which entails the process when a student enters the campus, the school will automatically send a message to the guardians/parents of that student to notify them that their son/daughter had entered school. He also shared an idea of using RFIDs on vehicles to monitor those entering in the school's premises.

The Main Gate which the RFID readers are installed.
Mr. Garcia also shared that the exit area will also be under the RFID system. Currently, the exit near Zeta Trading is under construction and I will return to picture it when it is finished. The gate near Bukidnon National High School is the temporary exit as of now.

LED Screen to display the faces of the person who entered the campus. Announcements will be displayed as screen savers.
I'm happy that my alumni university is now entering its modern age. With this RFID System, I'm hopeful that BSU will be a secured school and probably the most modern school in the province. Let us welcome the system with great pride and joy and this is to show that Bukidnon State University really is "A Special Place for Teaching and Learning"! Kudos BSU!!

Special Thanks to Sir Mark Garcia for entrusting me his knowledge and ideas about the university's new hi-tech system and also to Sir Ramon Torres for accompanying me.

Bukidnon State University's New RFID System
October 16, 2012
BSU Entrance Lobby
Malaybalay City, Bukidnon

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