ALOR SETAR, March 12 — For the first time, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) will use the e-Konvo system based on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology at its 33rd convocation ceremony which will take place for a week at Dewan Mu’adzam Shah, Sintok starting tomorrow.
UUM Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Haim Hilman Abdullah said the new system, which was developed by its Information Technology unit, had two main functions, namely the robe management system and graduates roll call system.
“RFID technology that uses radiofrequency electromagnetic fields will transfer information from RFID tags to RFID readers for identification purposes that can be used in various applications.
“It can also reduce physical contact and close interaction between graduates to contain the spread of COVID-19 throughout the convocation period,” he said in a statement here today.
He said RFID tags that were small in size, had a high level of durability and long lifespan would be pinned on all graduates’ robes to enable the robes rented by graduates to be tracked.
“This technology can help robe management more efficiently and can ensure robe inventory reports quickly and efficiently. Meanwhile, the roll call system will be detected by an RFID scanner and the graduates’ names will be announced automatically to receive their scrolls.
“In the past, the use of smart cards required staff to touch the card, but with RFID technology, it can reduce manpower and the risk of losing robes and minimise mistakes in announcing the identity of graduates when receiving a degree,” he said.