Barcode or NFC for Crosswalk K-12


For student ID functionality, school districts using Crosswalk K-12 can strategically choose between barcode scanning or NFC.

At one time or another, mostly everybody in the 21st century has needed to use an ID card, whether it be for school or work. Necessary for anything from entering a building, paying for lunch, renting a library book, or even getting on a bus. For obvious reasons, the more multifaceted ID cards are, the better!

Let’s be honest; school districts invest lots of resources into finding and implementing the best systems to support students and teachers. With good reason, ID cards are a big deal, especially when it comes to student tracking for COVID-19 contact tracing. Without students having the ability to swipe or scan cards when boarding buses, Crosswalk-K12 wouldn’t be able to gather data for Stop Check Report.

IS BARCODE OR NFC BETTER?

For functionality, UniteGPS can offer both barcode scanning and NFC 13.56 MHz, whatever is most appropriate for the school district. So, if schools were already using barcodes on their IDs and want to continue using that format, they can. Specifically, we deploy the the Inateck BCST-70 device available on Amazon for US$70.

Some guaranteed features with this device include durability, long-lasting battery life, as well as compatibility with POS, iOS, Android Windows Mac OS, Linux, among other systems. Even better, a full charge ensures 15 continuous working days, not to mention a transmission range of 35 meters.

Or, let’s say districts would prefer to use NFC cards; printing student IDs on inexpensive NFC cards is always another option. As you will see, we won’t require school districts to make any changes to benefit from student tracking on Crosswalk K-12. More than ever, we are committed to helping our clients maintain the one-card policy. Truly, we know how having one card simplifies everybody’s lives.

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