Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Podcast: Florida legislators detail biometric ban

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is expected to sign a bill that would ban biometric in schools throughout the state. In this latest edition of the Regarding ID podcast, legislators detail why they think a ban is necessary instead of providing an opt-out provision. Senator Dorothy Hukill (R – Port Orange) says the biometric ban is intended to protect students from having their identities stolen even though she admits that there is no recorded instance of a biometric database being breached and used to steal an individual’s identity. [end] 

Banking partnerships grow in shadow of uncertainty

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Annual CR80News campus card banking survey

It seems that banks are picking and choosing their battles when it comes to campus card partnerships, with some expanding their reach and others holding steady at their previous numbers. With subtle overall growth, however, it seems that it’s business as usual despite possible future regulations.

A year ago, the CR80News Banking Survey examined the impact that new regulations might have on the campus banking market. The 2012 survey saw very little year-over-year growth, and while there weren’t any earth shattering moves in 2013, the landscape has changed nonetheless. 

Florida biometrics bill passes House

Monday, April 14, 2014

The much-publicized biometrics bill in the state of Florida – SB 188 proposed by Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange – has passed through he House without any additional amendments. The bill awaits Gov. Rick Scott’s signature before becoming law.

The prevailing argument from the bill’s proponents hinges on the suspected delicate nature of a child’s biometric data.

“Biometric information is information that we can’t replace, so we want to make sure that we’re protecting our kids’ information,” says Rep. Jake Raburn, R-Valrico, who spoke on behalf of the bill in the House. “If we’re not collecting that sort of information at the school district level, then we don’t run the risk of there being data breaches.” 

ColorID brings biometrics to the dining hall

Friday, April 11, 2014

With universities wanting their dining halls to be social hubs for students, unlimited meal plans are growing in popularity and the need to accurately and rapidly identify students at the dining hall entrance is a vital concern.

A new solution from ColorID eliminates the need for students to scour their wallets, pockets and purses for their ID cards. Instead they check in using their iris.

The ColorID Biometric Dining Solution is currently in operation at Georgia Southern University, leveraging hardware from biometric developer Iris ID. Students simply look into the Iris ID camera for roughly one second, and once positively identified, the transaction is managed by the university’s existing meal plan system.

It’s a quick and easy process, and the feedback has been incredibly positive from students and university administrators alike. 

Survey exposes the need for high-school financial literacy

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A study has revealed a clear need for greater and more differentiated financial literacy education in the K-12 environment.

The “Money Matters On Campus” report, now in its second-year, polled some 65,000 first-year college students across the country. In addition to the need for an early financial understanding, survey results indicate that colleges and universities should provide financial education at the onset of a student’s college experience to better ensure that students will make sound financial decisions later on. The study was conducted by Higher One and education technology specialist EverFi.

The study polled students on banking, savings, credit card usage and school loans, as well as featured a series of questions designed to assess students’ financial knowledge. Significant differences in students’ financial understanding were found based on age, race, gender and institution type. Moreover, survey data suggests that a mandatory financial literacy education in high school underlines fosters a positive relationship between knowledge, attitudes and behaviors in the financial arena.

The survey shows that those students who received financial literacy education in high school scored significantly higher than their peers on financial knowledge questions and have made more responsible financial decisions. 

Latest CR80News Magazine available via interactive PDF viewer

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AVISIAN Publishing is pleased to announce the release of the interactive version of the spring 2014 issue of CR80News.

The interactive feature allows for a miniature mode that you can thumb through as well as a full screen mode that allows you to read the magazine as if it were sitting in front of you. Even flipping the pages looks great with this new feature.

To be notified of the next available e-magazine, update your subscription here or follow the directions on the page with the magazine.

Read the spring issue of CR80News online now.

Smart phone app enables cashless pay for student parking

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Students at the University of Illinois can now use their smart phone to pay for parking at campus meters.

The new Pay By Phone system is up and running at the university’s main campus and according to the Daily Illini could see rollouts to off-campus locations in Champaign and Urbana as well.

Pay By Phone dates back to 2010 when the system was tested using 200 campus parking meters. The app enables students to load a parking meter using their mobile device with funds from their parking account for an extended period of time.

More convenient is the app’s ability to alert students when their meter is running low, enabling them to automatically feed the meter from their current location, rather than return to the meter itself. This is not only a convenience to the student, but can cut down on over-feeding a meter as well.