Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Should a tiger change its stripe?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Examining the role of mag stripes on the modern college campus

The contemporary college campus is bastion of new technology, serving a student population that thrives on the bleeding edge of technology. This premise holds true for campus cards as well, with the number of universities adopting advanced card technologies growing at a rapid rate.

Still, flip over virtually any student ID and you’ll still find a mag stripe. While it’s exciting to see where card technology is going, sometimes it’s worth it to step back and appreciate the path from whence we came. 

Brookdale Community College launches new OneCard

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

All currently enrolled Brookdale students will now receive a Brookdale OneCard. This includes visiting, fast start, dual enrollment, distance learning, early high school students and high technology high school students taking classes on the Brookdale campus.

Brookdale faculty and staff will also receive the OneCard, and will be offered optional access to the Brookdale Bucks program, a declining balance account that allows for purchases to be made on campus. 

California high school implementing PlascoTrac attendance solution

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District in California is rolling out Hero, a cloud-based incident management solution from PlascoTrac as part of a new $20,000 student ID card system.

As part of the Hero solution, each Los Altos High School student will receive a new identification card with an unique bar code. School administrators and teachers will then use the cards to track attendance and reward or reprimand students accordingly. 

Georgia school districts opt for student RFID badges

Monday, July 21, 2014

In Georgia, Chattooga County School officials are planning to use new student ID cards to help track students as they board and depart school buses.

Chattooga County recently expressed its support of the new ID cards that contain radio frequency identification device chips to track students’ location. As an added level of security, the system can also enable parents to receive text messages regarding their child’s whereabouts. 

peerTransfer, Nelnet enhance international payments for universities

Thursday, July 17, 2014

peerTransfer, a provider of global payment solutions for the education industry, and Nelnet Inc. a campus commerce services provider for K-12 and higher educational institutions, are now providing clients with real-time payment status updates as part of a deeper platform integration.

The expanded partnership marks the second phase of peerTransfer’s integration with Nelnet, says Mike Massaro, chief executive officer of peerTransfer.

Nelnet clients can now deploy peerTransfer’s international payment solution in QuikPAY and will soon be able to deploy the solution in Nelnet’s eCommerce payment platform, Enterprise. This collaboration will enable a way for institutions to collect both international and domestic online payments. 

Forecasting a place for Bluetooth on campus

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

NFC implementations on campus have been anything but perfect. In fact, between the fractured nature of NFC adoption as a technology, the relatively few university-specific NFC pilots and the rejection by Apple, NFC is far from making the grade.

Many would argue, however, that there is merit in what NFC could do for a college campus from a technical standpoint. But with NFC’s failure to launch seeming more of a rule than an exception, what other option is there?

Bluetooth Low Energy. Also known as Bluetooth Smart, or BLE for sort, this emerging technology is quickly positioning itself as a direct comparison, if not outright competitor with NFC

Bangkok school issues eIDs to students

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Pathum Thani Provincial Administration Organization (PAO) has issued a new electronic identification card for students that will enable the school to send SMS text notification directly to parents if their student skips class.

A demonstration was held to show how the ID card worked at Samkhok School in Sam Khok district, and a budget of 1 million baht – roughly $31,100 – was used to issue the cards to all 3,500 students at the school.

According to the Bangkok Post, the card contains the personal information of each student and will be used to record class attendance. Students will scan their cards as they enter the school at one the six installed scanners, with teachers supervising each scanner to prevent students from scanning cards for their friends.