How Real-Time Location Systems Can Be Used in Schools

Posted on March 1, 2022

Staff Safety

School real-time locating systems (RTLS) are advanced, detailed security systems that utilize a team of ID badges and mobile apps that act as a non-intrusive means of monitoring student flows on your campus. This can help in numerous situations where administrators need to manage student traffic flows – both routine and emergency.

A real-time location system can also be a game changer in school emergency situations where administrators need to quickly and quietly account for students and staff. It can also be useful for monitoring truancy and optimizing campus foot traffic. Regardless of its primary function, a real-time locating system in your school can improve security levels in a variety of ways.

What Is a School Real-Time Location System?

When it comes to students and faculty members, a school real-time location system utilizes tracking technology, typically radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips, to manage the flow of persons throughout the school campus. These RFID chips can be installed in site-specific badges or personal identification cards that students and faculty are required to carry with them while on campus.

On the administrative side, a connected real-time location app provides location information on a map or in a table, showing exactly who is where and when. With this data, administrators can locate individual students and faculty, see where they are dispersed throughout the school, and even see their travel history throughout the facility.

Benefits of a School Real-Time Location System

A school RTLS can be useful in situations when administrators need a quick report of where individuals are located throughout the school, such as in emergency situations or attendance management. By using a real-time locating system, administration can see exactly who is where, which can save lives when it comes to natural disasters and security threats which can occur in the blink of an eye.

In an emergency, knowing where your students are is paramount to ensuring their safety. A school real-time location system gives you immediate visibility to your entire student body, mapping their exact location. This can be crucial especially when it comes to school tragedies such as mass shootings, because emergency personnel can not only locate victims and those in danger but can also locate the attacker and aid authorities while neutralizing the threat.

Real-time locating systems can also be incredibly beneficial when it comes to emergencies that are related to students’ family lives. When you employ an RTLS in your school, you can see exactly when and where students left campus. An RTLS ensures that students remain in school during school hours, and that they are returned to their legal guardian at the end of the day.

Additionally, when it comes to attendance, administration can not only accurately note who is on campus and when, but can also monitor and take note of students who leave school grounds during the school day, deterring students from “ditching.” This can also be used to determine exactly where students are exiting school grounds, so that it can be monitored and secured to prevent undocumented entry or exit of the school grounds.

A school real-time location system can also track school assets. You can tell where each asset is physically located and who has possession of each piece of property. This increases school security, especially when it comes to handheld technology such as tablets and laptops that are commonly used within schools. This makes it a lot harder for students or staff to steal school assets in general, but also makes it a lot harder to conceal school property before taking it offsite.

Secure Care ENVisionIT® School Real-Time Location System

From day-to-day monitoring to emergency management, a school real-time location system is a vital tool in ensuring your school remains a safe environment for learning. Secure Care has been providing track and trace solutions for personnel and assets for over 35 years.

Our ENVisionIT® app can be used on desktop or mobile to monitor flows of students, faculty, and assets through your campus. Gain visibility into your school’s operations. Contact Secure Care for a free quote.

About Secure Care Products, LLC

For over 40 years, Secure Care Products, LLC has been committed to providing improved safety, security, and locating solutions through best in class service and innovative design for your most valuable assets. As the first company in the world to design and manufacture electronic monitoring equipment for wander-prone residents, we empower long-term care and healthcare facilities around the world. Using state-of-the-art, cutting-edge technologies, we keep people and things protected. Let us know how we can help you by calling 1.800.451.7917 or contact us.


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