Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

UMass Dartmouth boosts campus safety with new app

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

UMass Dartmouth is taking to the mobile app for its campus safety, with a roll out of the Rave Guardian campus safety app.

Designed to check on the status of a student if, for example, they are walking from the library to the dorm at night, Rave Guardian sends notifications to the proper authorities and individuals to verify that students arrive at their destinations safely. 

Off-campus merchant programs: Exploring self-op and vendor managed options

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Off-campus programs inhabit an odd place for colleges and universities. Institutions can sometimes build a modest revenue stream from these programs and students seem to enjoy using their student ID card at places beyond the campus.

But on-campus food service and retail locations have not always been thrilled, arguing that off-campus options can siphon money away from them. This concern has waned in recent years, however, as evidence emerged supporting the notion that with more choice comes more spend across the range of acceptance points.

Some campuses run these programs internally – identifying the merchants, deploying terminals and cutting checks or electronically settling. Others outsource the service to a campus-card provider or other third-party servicer. 

College launches new bus program for students, employees

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

St. Petersburg College and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority have launched the new Universal Pass initiative, which enables SPC students and employees to ride the bus for free by showing their university ID as they board.

Per the agreement, St. Petersburg College will pay the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority $75,000 from student activity fees to provide free bus rides for the coming year to the college’s 45,000 students and 3,900 employees 

Deciphering the mind of a college freshman

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Beloit College has once again compiled a list of items that best encapsulates the incoming freshmen class of 2018.

The list is entertaining, puzzling and at time, downright frightening. Nonetheless, it provides some insight into the abyss that is the mind of a college freshman.

For starters, the class of 2018 is comprised of students who were generally born in 1996. That being said, Tupac Shakur, Jon Benet Ramsey and Carl Sagan are just a few notable individuals who have never been alive during the incoming class’ lifetime. 

Canadian university contemplates Bitcoin for on-campus purchases

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bitcoin ATMs could be installed at Canada’s Simon Fraser University as early as this fall, provided university officials approve a pilot project that is under consideration.

Under the proposed initiative, students would be able to use the digital currency to pay for food and other purchases on the university’s Burnaby Mountain campus. It would mark the first implementation of its kind on a college campus. 

Texas school district to issue smart tags for bus attendance

Friday, August 22, 2014

Beginning with the upcoming 2014-15 school year, New Caney Independent School District will be implementing a new electronic tracking system that monitor students’ attendance on buses, ensuring that they ride the correct bus and exit at the right stops.

The district is rolling out Secured Mobility’s SMART Tag, an electronic system that uses tablet computers – complete with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device) reader, mobile connectivity and GPS – on each bus. SMART Tag uses off-the-shelf Android tablets on each school bus with GPS and NFC-reading capability, providing a cost-effective solution. 

University of Georgia opts for PIN entry over hand geometry

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Administrators at the University of Georgia have decided to institute PIN entry for physical access to buildings on its Athens campus, replacing an existing hand geometry system that has long been heralded as one of the pioneering implementations of biometrics on campus.

Prior to the new PIN system, students accessed dormitories, dining halls and exercise facilities by placing their hands over a biometric reader. Starting this year, however students will use a combination of their student ID and a pin number to gain entrance.