In the advent of technology, communication becomes faster and easier in a tap of a fingertip. In an academic institution per se, communication between parents and school is very challenging and important one. It needs full effort to understand one another. One of the worries of the parents is that if their children are really attending or not in the school during their class period. This is one of the challenges that Lipa City Colleges is confronting, since at present, the school has no way of providing the immediate information to the parents if their children are in or out of the school premises in a particular time.
Hence, the researcher conducted this system development study which is considered a new technology which helped the school to solve the problem in monitoring the students’ whereabouts. Specifically, it aimed to 1.) Design a system which will maximize the use of SMS module and RFID technology 2.) Develop a system which will guarantee the privacy and security of information saved in a database. 3.) Determine the benefits of using the SMS Module and RFID technology as a method of communication between the parents and the school 4.) Test and evaluate a system in terms of its performance, functionality, usability, reliability and extensibility.
This program was designed and developed using different programming languages and technologies such as Java (J2EE), Visual Basic 2010 (VB.Net), MySQL (DBMS), RFID and SMS Module. It also utilized descriptive research design which intends to present facts concerning the nature of status of a situation as it exists at the time of the study and to describe present conditions, events or systems based on the impressions or reactions of the respondents of the research. On the other hand, the Likert scale was used to test and evaluate the system in terms of its functionality, usability, reliability, extensibility and performance. The software process models used in this study were evolutionary prototyping and extreme programming (XP) since the phases of development were fast with focus on high software quality. After testing and evaluation, the system was found to be functional, usable, reliable, extensible and performed well.