RFID tags in college - further detail

Janine Walker made this Freedom of Information request to West Cheshire College

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Dear West Cheshire College,

Under the Freedom of Information Act please could you supply the following information within 20 working days

This is in relation to a recent press release by RFID journal about the trialling of RFID technology in your educational establishment.

1) Please could West Cheshire college confirm if the below details are correct and that these are the characteristics of RFID tags the students use:

* Ultra wideband RFID tags emit brief radio frequency signals across the entire 6.35 to 6.75 GHz frequency band.

* Average battery lifespan of a RFID tag is seven years.

* Receivers, which can receive tag signals from up to 328 feet away, are located throughout the campus buildings, in order to ensure that the tags can be pinpointed no matter where within the school a student might be located.

* RFID tags provides accuracy within 1 meter (3.3 feet).

* RFID Tag transmission rate of once per second.

* West Cheshire College uses RFID with a real time location system.

* The real time location system enables observation of student and staff in peer groups.

If any the RFID detail above is not correct please could you advise accordingly how the RFID used differs with the above points.

2) Please could West Cheshire College please advise how the
students carry or wear the RFID? i.e Lanyard, card in wallet, etc.

3) Please could West Cheshire College confirm if the following is correct:
West Cheshire College deployed RFID technology in two phases — first at its Chester Campus, in 2010, and then at its newly built Ellesmere Port Campus in 2011*

4) Please could West Cheshire College confirm the IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, standard of the RFID that has been used from 2010 to present.

If you need further clarification, please contact me by email. My preferred format to receive the information is electronically, but I can accept hard copies.

Some parts of this request may be easier to answer than others, and in such case please could you release available data as soon as possible rather than delay the entire request.

If the costs of processing this request exceed the limit in the Act, please advise on what information you are able to supply within the cost limit.

Yours faithfully,

Janine Walker

Arrowsmith, Ann-Marie, West Cheshire College

Dear Ms Walker

We acknowledge receipt of your request for information under the Freedom
of Information act.

In line with our procedures we will respond to your request within 20
working days.

Kind regards

 

Ann-Marie Arrowsmith

Section Leader, Quality

Tel: 01244 656449

Email: [email address]

 

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Arrowsmith, Ann-Marie, West Cheshire College

 

Dear Ms Walker,

 

Freedom of Information request: 17^th February 2013

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 17^th February
2013. We have considered the content of your request and have provided a
response to your questions as below.

 

If you are dissatisfied with this response and wish to appeal, please
write to:

 

Ann-Marie Arrowsmith, Freedom of information Internal Reviews, West
Cheshire College, Off Sutton Way, Ellesmere Port CH65 7BF and your
complaint will be dealt with.

 

If you are still not satisfied following the Internal Review, you have a
right to appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

 

They can be contacted at:

 

Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

Telephone: 01625 545 700

 

Kind Regards

Ann-Marie Arrowsmith.

 

1) Please could West Cheshire college confirm if the below details are
correct and that these are the characteristics of RFID tags the students
use:

* Ultra wideband RFID tags emit brief radio frequency signals across the
entire 6.35 to 6.75 GHz frequency band.

* Average battery lifespan of a RFID tag is seven years.

* Receivers, which can receive tag signals from up to 328 feet away, are
located throughout the campus buildings, in order to ensure that the tags
can be pinpointed no matter where within the school a student might be
located.

* RFID tags provides accuracy within 1 meter (3.3 feet).

* RFID Tag transmission rate of once per second.

* West Cheshire College uses RFID with a real time location system.

* The real time location system enables observation of student and staff
in peer groups.

If any the RFID detail above is not correct please could you advise
accordingly how the RFID used differs with the above points.

 

The College is not in receipt of any technical documentation to confirm
the technical specifications listed in your question. We can confirm that
all RFID tags issued to learners have been recalled following trials at
the College. We would direct you to Zebra Technologies should you wish to
confirm the technical details of RFID tags as the College holds no
literature to respond to you on this matter.  

 

2) Please could West Cheshire College please advise how the students carry
or wear the RFID? i.e Lanyard, card in wallet, etc.

 

RFID tags issued to learners are inactive and have been recalled. However,
for the period of the evaluation and test phase, the RFID tag formed part
of the students’ lanyard.

 

3) Please could West Cheshire College confirm if the following is correct:

West Cheshire College deployed RFID technology in two phases — first at
its Chester Campus, in 2010, and then at its newly built Ellesmere Port
Campus in 2011*

 

Two trials have been conducted in two building phases. The trials have now
concluded, all RFID tags issued to learners are inactive and have been
recalled. The College has decided to use the technology for asset tracking
(laptops, cameras, ipads etc.) only.

 

4) Please could West Cheshire College confirm the IEEE, Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers, standard of the RFID that has been
used from 2010 to present.

 

The College does not hold any information to respond to this question.

 

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