Computer Chips in Brazilian t-shirts

by S. Kjær

Parents in the city of Vitória da Conquista, Bahia, Brazil don’t have to worry any more whether their children are in school or not. Grade school students now have to wear a T-shirt that contains a computer based tracking chip.

A text message is sent to the student’s parents if the student has not arrived at the school 20 minutes after classes have begun.

Twenty thousand students have by March 2012 a computer chip T-shirt. By 2013 the city is planning that all of the city’s 43,000 students in grade school will be using the text sending T-shirt.

The intention is to keep track of the children aged 4 to 14. The students won’t be able to cut classes anymore with this implementation in their clothes. The education secretary in Vitória da Conquista says that if a student skips classes three times the school will contact the parents of the student and they would have to account for the students’ absence.

The T-shirts carries the text: “Education does not transform the world. Education changes people and people transform the world.”

The city spent $670,000 on the project.

Photo Credit: Ana Fukase

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