Attendance tracking system

  • US 8,353,705 B2
  • Filed: 08/16/2004
  • Issued: 01/15/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/16/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for gathering and validating attendance data, including the steps in the order of:

  • providing a plurality of uniquely encoded tags, the tags adapted to be borne by an attendee;

    scanning the plurality of tags as the attendees pass into an attendance area without manipulation of the scanner or the tag;

    creating a provisional attendance report at least partially from information acquired by the scanner from the tags;

    said creating step including the step of comparing a class list of who is expected to be in attendance with a present list of which tags of the attendees are scanned in the attendance area by said scanning step to determine who on the class list is absent;

    communicating the provisional attendance report to an attendance tracker individual in the attendance area;

    personally visually inspecting the attendance within the attendance area by the attendance tracker regardless of whether any expected attendees are absent in the provisional attendance report;

    identifying differences between the provisional attendance report and results of said inspecting step; and

    modifying the provisional attendance report to correct the differences of said identifying step to establish a second attendance report, the second attendance report being more accurate than the provisional attendance report.

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