By Katherine Donnelly
End is in sight for roll calls as schools face the future
AN Irish software firm has brought the traditional school attendance register into the computer age.
Two schools have already adopted the latest face-recognition technology to monitor attendance and timekeeping among thousands of pupils, and other schools are planning to introduce the system from September.
Students simply look at a device when they arrive at school and, within seconds, they are scanned, identified and their attendance is registered.
It saves hours of teachers’ time recording attendance and ‘lates’, and provides an at-a-glance record of who’s in and who’s out.
It also makes it easy to track poor attendance or lateness patterns, which would allow for early intervention to nip a problem in the bud.
Templeogue College in south Dublin has become the first school here to use the system to track attendance and timekeeping among its 700 pupils.
It has also been installed in Ardscoil Ris, Limerick, in recent weeks and a number of other schools are planning to use it from September.
The Anseo Enterprise system has been created by the Co Kerry software company, Ivertec, specialising in educational products and costs an average of about €15 per pupil.
Face-recognition software is now widely used as an ID system, but this is the first time it has been adopted by schools in this country.