Percontrol Proposed to Track Students’ Attendance

by Tomas R
The conference article i read was titled “Percontrol: A Pervasive System for Educational Environments.” The article is about a system proposed called Percontrol, that can be used to track students movements and record their attendance. The article explains how taking attendance in classrooms can be tedious, prone to error, and a waste of time and resources. Thus, the article says that their solution to this is Percontrol, which is a system that records a students I.P. address and log-in information to track when the student comes in to the classroom. They are proposing the use of Bluetooth to record the students location, but they also say Wi-fi is a choice. The information is then stored in a database that can be accessed by the instructor or left alone. Percontrol can also be used to remotely access electronic devices in the classroom, such as adjusting the air conditioning, or turning on a computer remotely. The article then uses a case diagram, entity-relationship model, and a logical relationship model to describe how their system will work.

This conference article relates to our class because it first talks about the use of a database to store information. The database mentioned can store and record many things, but most notably the I.P address. Also, the article uses a logical relationship model to describe how their product interacts with their server and mobile devices, which is something we have been working on in class.

I enjoyed reading this article because i felt that this would be an interesting and innovative way to tract attendance. The only downside i can see to this is, although unlikely in this day, not everyone owns a cell phone, and should not be required to to attend class. However, it does pose an interesting solution to tracking attendance, especially because it eliminates any errors that can be created by missing a students name or not seeing their hand raised.

Leithardt, V.R.Q.; Rolim, C.; Rosseto, A.; Geyer, C.; Dantas, M.A.R.; Silva, J.S.; Nunes, D.; , “Percontrol: A pervasive system for educational environments,” Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC), 2012 International Conference on , vol., no., pp.131-136, Jan. 30 2012-Feb. 2 2012
doi: 10.1109/ICCNC.2012.6167396
URL: http://0-ieeexplore.ieee.org.opac.library.csupomona.edu/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6167396&isnumber=6167355

2 thoughts on “Percontrol Proposed to Track Students’ Attendance”

  1. The remote access aspect of Percontrol is interesting. It could potentially reduce the wait time for a technician to come down and fix a malfunctioning device. I have watched some of my professors struggle with the projector, computer or even the sound system and have to call an IT technician to come help them. In one of my classes, it took the technician 20 minutes to get to my classroom and get the projector to work.

  2. Just as Tomas said, I was also wondering how this would work if the student does not have a cell phone. Even if the student does have a phone, there could be times when students would forget to bring their phones to school. And given that students are usually not allowed to use cell phones in the class, it could be a pain for some people to carry the phone to school just for attendance purposes. But for some people, I could see that this could be helpful. For example, if the parents or teachers want to know the current location of their students, this would be a good way to check up on them.

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