Chinese Schools Reportedly Implimenting ‘Smart Uniforms’

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Smart Uniforms

With many of us returning to work following the rather pleasant Christmas/New Year break, many of us are perhaps already counting down the days until the kids are back as well. I know, for example, that not having Peppa Pig on the television all day certainly makes me a more productive. Well, that and slightly saner.

With us getting schools uniforms ready though, a report via The Verge has revealed a rather unusual concept is currently underway in China. Specifically, that ‘smart uniforms’ are being rolled out in schools.

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The uniforms feature two tracking chips in the shoulders which are designed to monitor when a child enters and leaves a school. It does, of course, highlight a rather disturbing aspect of the monitoring that China conducts of its citizens. I do, however, find myself somewhat approving of this technology. Well, some aspects of it at least.


The uniform apparently comes with a number of features that schools can choose to implement. These include;

  • Payment feature via an optional fingerprint reader.
  • Sensor to detect if a child is asleep.
  • Integration with facial recognition software.

Overlooking some of the more sinister aspects, it would be a good security feature. Specifically to know which children are in attendance and if/when they leave the building. It does, of course, open the doors to the prospect of the school (or government) tracking them outside of it. So, I guess I have rather mixed feeling about this. It could be a good idea. One I suspect many parents would like if they were able to access it as well. It could also, of course, also fall into the common trap of being misused.

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