An Experiment Using RFID

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At Linwood Avenue School, Dr Pippa Scott, a pathologist from the University of Otago, Christchurch, conducted a study of kid’s interactions could lead to the spread of disease.

After a course of two months of study, Scott checked the children’s noses a few times to look for staphylococcus aureus or ‘staph’ a potential dangerous bacteria.

According to Scott, Staph is common among children and doesn’t cause problems when it’s found in the nose, but however it can cause skin infections and potentially fatal blood or respiratory tract infections.

To keep in track with which kid spend most of their time with each other’s company, Scott gave each child a radio-frequency identification (RFID). Note, the tag did not have GPS functionality to track the child’s location.

The function of the RFID here is simple, it is simply to cross-reference with the data from the RFID tags to see which children had which strain and when.

RFID is used to capture accurate data

Since kids usually forget about their whereabouts, Scott decided that a direct measurement would be good. Scott hopes that the findings of her research will help kids and the rest of the community be safer.

RFID might give us the information about how the bug is transmitted outside of the hospital setting. Therefore, Scott states that it might then give us some methods to reduce that transmission and therefore reduce illness.


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