Application Profile: KiddyKoral provides safety for children at day care centers and kindergartens

At Mount Zion Lutheran School in Boulder, Colorado, security has gone high tech. “People want security for their children,” said Mark Cowley, President of Boulder-based, Infotronics International. "They want to know that they are in a safe environment." Mark Cowley is the parent of two Mount Zion students. His company Infotronics developed the KiddyKoral security system.

"The system uses a digital camera, scanners and passive transponder technology to provide the school with a very flexible access control system and automated accounting system, while controlling movement of the children," Mark Cowley explained.

The first line of defense begins at the door, the only direct entrance into the daycare center. Parents have specially coded cards that are scanned to open the lock of the door. Parents are pleased with the system. “I like that it’s convenient and quick,” says Jennifer Turner, a parent. Once inside parents scan the card again at a PC, where they can check their children in and out of daycare.

KiddyKoral combines a PC program and card access security in a way that gives the school accuracy and accountability, and gives parents peace of mind. The program keeps track of who dropped off and picked up which children at what time, down to the minute.

“We also have instant access to vital information in emergency situations,” said Cheryl Crabbs, a teacher at Mount Zion. “For new teachers who haven’t yet met all the parents, there’s a picture on there [in the system] so they can make sure it’s the right parent, even if the person doesn’t have a card.” The system takes digital photographs of each child and parent and stores them in a database along with important emergency contact and medical information for each student. If a child turns up missing, teachers have quick access to photographs, family contacts and detailed information about each student.

KiddyKoral, marketed by Infotronics International, is an easy-to-use Windows-based application designed for child-care facilities. The system utilizes a combination of leading edge technologies: Digital photography, TROVAN HandsFree™ Cards and digital scanning backed up by Microsoft Access and networking.

Each parent or guardian is required to be registered on the KiddyKoral database where all details and a digital photograph are linked to a unique TROVAN ID card. These records are then linked to the child’s database record containing all the child’s details, a photograph and other useful information, such as immunizations and allergies. When the child is picked up, the ID card is scanned and the photographs of the children linked to that card are displayed for the operator to authorize release.

KiddyKoral automatically captures drop-off and pickup times for billing calculations and provides a number of reports to aid in facility administration. A billing module is included for invoicing and tracking of payments and receipts.

Infotronics International Inc.