Taking inspiration from marathon organizers in major cities like London and New York, an organization in charge of hiring workers for the railroads of southern India will use RFID technology to time physical fitness tests of potential recruits.
The Railway Recruitment Cell of the Southern Railway in India has received permission from the country’s Ministry of Railways to use RFID tags to time the “physical efficiency tests” of candidates for certain classes of employment on the railroad.
The tests require candidates to to run 1,500 meters and 400 meters in 6 minutes and 3 minutes respectively. According to officials, as many as 10,000 individuals per day are tested, over a period of up to 50 days. The officials hope the introduction of RFID technology to time and record results will improve efficiency and cut down on the possibility of tampering with test results.
A call for an “expression of interest” in working on the project has been put out to vendors. The exact details of what format of RFID tracking system will be used seem undecided as yet. Officials appear to have considered both RFID-enabled ID cards and implants, but are looking toward a third option.
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