Scanning QR codes is becoming the norm everywhere these days, but for some schools and educational institutions, it is a technology that is cost-effective.
When Akif Rabbani was still studying at UNITEN in June 2020, his ICT teacher at a secondary school asked him whether there were cheaper solutions for QR visits and temperature measurement for schools or not.
“A solution costs RM 35 / student / month. Imagine if a school had 2,000 students, it would cost them RM 70,000 per month for just a simple system. So I thought is it possible to build it yourself and make it more accessible to people? “Akif shared with Vulcan Post.
So he took matters into his own hands and worked with his colleagues to create one for his secondary school, SMK Bandar Rinching. Fortunately, after the mission he received positive feedback and disseminated information about their technology, Datang.my, to other schools.
Make it affordable for schools
Datang.my currently consists of a team of 8, including Akif, most of whom are also from UNITEN with an IT background. They are currently working full time developing and improving their technology.
The faces behind Datang.my
The simplest package is free where you can get features like:
- Record number of visitors
- Visitor or guest recording
- Analysis of the attendance report
- Temperature recording
- Connect with thermometer
- RFID card integration
- SMS notification (RM0.09 per SMS)
- Multi-user access
Note that the SMS feature is used to send notifications to the parents of the students who wish to receive this information. And for the convenience of teachers, they can enter different lessons into the app and attend accordingly.
To make attendance analysis more accurate, teachers can also cancel dates that are school holidays so that it exactly matches the attendance rate on school days.
Since QR technology is free, Datang.my actually generates revenue from the sale of peripheral devices such as Bluetooth wireless infrared thermometers and QR / RFID scanners with their system. These would be the investments schools would have to make when switching from pen-and-paper attendance systems to contactless systems for the first time.
If you are a school that already has these technologies, you can plug your thermometer into your phone which can be integrated into the Datang.my ecosystem.
Participation in the Datang.my system / Photo credits: Datang.my
They also have premium plans starting from RM33 / place / month that allow users to have a custom ID, earnings system, and more.
Since some schools prohibit students from bringing phones, they have developed a system that instead requires participants to each bring a QR code, which looks almost like an identity card, in order to be scanned for presence and temperature recording. Schools looking to improve their students' QR attendance cards can opt for the premium features.
ID cards given to students / Photo credits: Datang.my
And should a student forget to bring their QR card with them, there is a section in the app with all student names that a teacher can click on to mark their participation.
“Because privacy is important, we can't see which places are registered with which organization unless they are willing to share the data with us. So far, over 2,000 schools have told us they are using Datang.my in their schools, ”Akif said of the user acquisition.
When entering manually, you can click on the names of the students who forgot to bring their ID / picture credits: Datang.my
Some principals still prefer to attend the old school way
While their technology is pretty well received by various institutions and quite affordable, it still isn't some schools' cup of tea.
"One of our users complained that he had Datang.my fully set up in his school. However, when they suddenly changed principals, he wanted to ditch the system as he more trusts the presence of pen and paper, which is a physical copy enables. " Akif shared with Vulcan Post.
Surprisingly, this happened at Akif's own school, where they piloted this solution system to become what it is today. “So far we have not been able to convince the new school principal to use the technology developed by their own alumni. It's really heartbreaking, ”he complained.
With every product and every service there are only certain groups of people who are not the right target group. Even so, Akif said over 18,000 locations have registered on their system, including kindergartens, schools, universities, offices, factories, religious institutions and more.
Although Datang.my repaired an inexpensive solution during the pandemic, it now also made it clear that the solution system, due to its practicality, had always been developed with a post-pandemic relevance in mind.
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Selected image source: Akif Rabbani, Datang.my