Design and prototype an application of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for use in an academic and laboratory settings. The system provides means to eliminate the need of physical door keycodes, take attendance, assign workbenches and reduce energy consumption through active power management using location tracking. Often, in universities, the laboratories are locked down after hours to reduce the chances of equipment getting stolen, to reduce power consumption, and the inability to determine who can be held responsible for the equipment if something happens. This provides a challenge to those students who want to use the laboratories after hours to complete projects.
The RFID based system utilizes RFID readers located at doorways and in the room to provide a tag trackable system. The system allows a student to access the room and equipment at anytime using his/her RFID tag. It also allows the university to determine which individuals used certain rooms and equipment. In the classroom setting, the system automatically takes roll at the beginning of class and emails the attendance sheet to the instructor. This reduces time wasted with standard roll call procedure. System implementation would provide a higher level of functionality, flexibility and control compared to current manual methods.