COIMBATORE: Parents concerned about the safety of their children while going to and coming from schools may have a reason to rest assured. A Coimbatore-based software company says it has come up with a solution that ensures that the parents are alerted through short service message (SMS) if the children do not reach the school in time. And, it is being tried out in a school in the city.
GVS Soft Solutions (P) Limited's Director V.K. Kishore says that before entering the classroom, the students have to appear in front of a face reader that captures the images and then matches it with the master copy on the server. Mr. Kishore stumbled upon the idea of coming up with such a solution after learning about the abduction and murder of two children in the city.
Students whose images have been captured are marked present. For those who are not present, an SMS alert is triggered and sent to the mobile number of either one of the parents or both. This trigger is only after either a one-step or two-step check. The SMS will ensure that the parents know that their children are not in school and that if something is wrong they can take corrective steps. Mr. Kishore says that the alert is sent only if the child is absent without prior consent.
There might be instances of the face of the children not getting recognised due to a technical problem. Under such circumstances, the teacher, assistant head master or head master can manually register the presence of the student to ensure no wrong message is conveyed to the parents. The company, along with Coral Telecom Limited, is implementing the system at the Stanes Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School. Principal S. Natarajan says the system will ensure the safety of junior students and attendance of senior students. The latter cannot afford to be absent without parents' knowledge. Even cab drivers can be covered under the system. An alumni of the school, who wishes to remain anonymous, has come forward to sponsor the installation.