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Dayton Schools Upgrades Student ID System

An Ohio district has updated its ID system to add photos and faster printing. Dayton Public Schools has been operating a system for tracking student and visitor information from Plasco since 2011. Recently, the district added software and printers from HID Global.

Now the ID setup includes PlascoTrac, Plasco's student management system, as well as HID Global's Asure ID personalization software, which allows the identification cards to be designed and produced; HID's FARGO DTC4500, a direct-to-card printer/encoder; and HID's "non-technology" ID cards, which lack smart features.

Asure ID includes a data exchange feature, LiveLink, which works with PlascoTrac data exchange modules to synchronize ID badge and attendance data with information from the student records.

As a reseller of HID products, Plasco handled the integration and implementation work.

According to Richard Melson, director of the Office of IT for the district, the new system works faster. "Now that we have sped up the time it takes to create IDs and process tardy individuals, our students are in class more and therefore have a greater chance for achievement and success."

The district now prints up the student ID cards within the first week of each new school term and can quickly issue individual cards for people who have lost their cards or are joining the district later in the semester. Also, school officials are able to scan late-arriving students' ID cards and automatically print tardy passes, cutting processing time in half.

The company said that some schools with similar installations are using the ID cards for checking out media center resources and managing food purchases in the cafeteria.

HID products are also in use by Maine School Administrative District 58 and Painesville City Local Schools.

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