Tracking & Monitoring Textbooks
Textbooks can be automatically identified and linked to specific schools, students and courses and be tracked automatically using radio frequency identification (RFID). Books are outfitted with a small, peel and stick RFID label. The labels, which contain an electronic chip where data is stored, can be applied to the outside or inside of a book. Using portable or stationary RFID detectors, data can be written to the chip and textbooks can be detected, identified and associated with; people, locations, classes/courses and other related activities.
Using information from the RFID chips in the textbook labels, the Administration is able to automate many activities including, but not limited to:
Distribution and allocation - check books in and out to students and teachers, monitor library book activity
Reporting - list book types by; school and central depositories, course versus supplemental materials, identify district owned versus school owned versus library owned books
Tracking – improve transparency and accountability through; automatic notification of movement between locations, monitoring usage, improved physical inventory and reconciliation, demonstrate sufficiency of textbooks to courses and enrolled students via periodic book checks and automatic notifications of books appearing outside of specific zones.