The year 2020 is here, and while we may not have flying cars, we do have some pretty cool techs in place this year.
For example, a primary school in Johor Bahru using a facial recognition system to take attendance.
Pretty neat, right?
Keeping ahead with the times
The New Straits Times
reported that SK Taman Perling 1’s facial recognition system is so efficient, it only takes two seconds to scan a pupil’s face before his personal information, such as full name, pupil number and class, is stored into the school’s database.
The new system was reportedly introduced on the first day of the 2020 school session, and a total of 1,034 students - comprising of 937 main stream pupils, 47 special education pupils and 50 preschoolers - had their faces scanned.
According to the report, the school has two scanners for students and one for its teachers and staff.
The school’s headmaster Zamri Abd Wahad told the daily that the aim of the system is to make it easier for teachers to take attendance.
“The system is up and running, but it will take some time to input all the pupils’ data into the system. It will be done in stages this week.
“The pupils’ attendance data will be stored in the system before it is copied and transferred to the Education Ministry’s database through the Students Database application,” Zamri was quoted as saying.
The school’s Parent-Teacher Association vice-president Datuk Suhaila Ahmad told NST
that the face scanning technology was contributed by Myra Hub Foundation and costs around RM50,000, including cost of the software, installation and maintenance of the system.
We won't be surprised that the students from SK Taman Perling 1 will be the first to invent flying cars.