Tracking children is considered by a lot of parents to keep their wards safe, now there’s a new way to do it.
In China, school children are now being tracked without need of a separate device being worn. Instead, the tracking system is embedded in their school uniforms.
11 schools in the south west province of Guizhou have started using smart uniforms for children.
Embedded inside each uniform are two chips (one in each shoulder) capable of withstanding up to 500 washes and temperatures as high as 150 degrees Celsius.
As a child enters school the date and time is automatically logged by the system installed in the school and the same happens when they leave.
However, if a child attempts to leave school grounds at an unexpected time and without permission, or decides to skip a class, a voice alarm will sound and teachers can take appropriate action
The smart uniforms were developed by Guizhou Guanyu Technology and it seems they thought of everything.
As well as the tracking chips, a facial recognition system is used to ensure students can’t get away with switching uniforms.
For parents, there’s a mobile app linked to the system.
As well as allowing them to track their child’s activities throughout the day, it’s possible to allocate funds for buying stuff at school.
And yes, that’s monitored and logged too, so no lying about how many sweets they ate.
As there’s no device to wear, it’s likely the children won’t even realize how closely they are being monitored while at school until they inevitably set off an alarm.
But one can’t help but think this embedded tracking system is going to spread and become part of all clothing sold in China.