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This paper describes the development of a student attendance system based on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. The existing conventional attendance system requires students to manually sign the attendance sheet every time they attend a class. As common as it seems, such system lacks of automation, where a number of problems may arise. This include the time unnecessarily consumed by the students to find and sign their name on the attendance sheet, some students may mistakenly or purposely signed another student's name and the attendance sheet may got lost. Having a system that can automatically capture student's attendance by flashing their student card at the RFID reader can really save all the mentioned troubles. This is the main motive of our system and in addition having an online system accessible anywhere and anytime can greatly help the lecturers to keep track of their students' attendance. Looking at a bigger picture, deploying the system throughout the academic faculty will benefit the academic management as students' attendance to classes is one of the key factor in improving the quality of teaching and monitoring their students' performance. Besides, this system provides valuable online facilities for easy record maintenance offered not only to lecturers but also to related academic management staffs especially for the purpose of students' progress monitoring.
Date of Conference: 16-17 July 2012