Moscow students will soon be able to use electronic wristbands. Starting in September, all educational institutions which have introduced the Entry and Meals system will be authorised to replace students’ electronic cards with Moskvyonok silicone bracelets. Children will use them to enter a school building and purchase meals at a school cafeteria.
According to the news service of the Department of Information Technology, “the wristbands can fully replace electronic cards that allow students to use various services on school grounds, such as entering a school building or buying meals without using cash.”
The department’s statistics show that today, the Entry and Meals system is up and running at almost 3,000 educational institutions, including 1,700 schools and 1,300 preschools. Last spring, the pilot project to replace electronic cards with wristbands was tested at Lyceum No. 1560 in the Northwestern Administrative Area and at schools No. 1631 and No. 668 in the Northern Administrative Area.
According to TemoTsentr, a subordinate organisation at the Education Department, the wristbands are made from hypoallergenic silicone and have aluminium clasps.
“The wristbands come in 11 colours,” TemoTsentr staff explained. “They feature an owlet, the symbol of the student’s electronic card, depicted on them. In addition, every educational institution can add a logo of their choice to the wristbands.”
Schools will apply to TemoTsentr to receive new wristbands. Students who have lost their devices will be able to get new ones by contacting their form master or a specialist responsible for the school information system. Educational institutions will order wristbands from TemoTsentr, which is able to make about 200 per day. In September, parents will have the opportunity to buy wristbands for their child for 490 roubles.
Should a school administration decide not to introduce wristbands, students will continue to use their electronic service cards or student social cards to enter a school building and purchase meals at a cafeteria.
It is worth reminding parents that they can be kept informed about whether their children are in school and about school catering services through e-mail alerts or push notifications that are offered by the Moscow State Services website’s mobile application. You can top up your account through ATMs, cash terminals, mobile applications or the Moscow State Services website, and can use a personal office to set a maximum level of credit card expenses or switch to automatic payments.