Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

University of Baltimore credentials get smart

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New access control system leverages NFC-capable aptiQ readers from Allegion

When it comes to technology, simpler is often better. At least that’s the idea at the University of Baltimore, where faculty, staff and students were carrying a photo ID card and parking card, each adorned with stickers for further use at the campus library and recreation center.

The university’s Bee Card system was fragmented, dated and problematic. The university was facing a challenge that required a smart solution. 

Student proposes ID card stickers with sexual, mental health contacts

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A new student-led proposal at Columbia University is looking to place stickers on student ID cards that display contact information for sexual and mental health resources.

The student proposal is working with Columbia’s Community Health House, to print some 8,000 stickers that list the contact information for Sexual Violence Response and Counseling and Psychological Services. The stickers are designed to fit on the back of existing Columbia student ID cards. acquires student discount provider Perkla

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 has acquired student discount platform Perkla in an announcement at Fashion Digital NY, a fashion and e-commerce centric event for start-up companies. The acquisition intends to protect retailers from fraud, while helping them reach student shoppers in a more personal and direct manner.

Based in McLean, Virginia, is a digital verification company that enables members of various groups to digitally verify their identification online. Perkla, meanwhile, is the brainchild of former Columbia Business School classmates Justin Belmont, Josh Kaplan and Marc Lombardo that provides retail discounts to students shopping online. 

University of South Florida provides free transit for students

Monday, October 20, 2014

Students attending the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus can now ride Pinellas County buses for free when they show drivers their student ID.

The feeder campus of more than 6,000 students and faculty instituted the new transit program this month making it the latest organization to participate in Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s universal pass program, or U-Pass for short. 

Say 'Cheese'

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Online photo submission eases card office burden

We’ve all been there. Whether it’s a bad hair day, a stain on your shirt, the dreaded blink or just an ugly smile, everyone has had a bad experience on picture day.

But what if there were a way to avoid this age-old embarrassment altogether? What if you could guarantee the picture-perfect ID photo? Well, you can.

Universities nationwide are starting to enable their students to self-submit their ID card photos online. It’s a practice that’s not only giving students a controlled freedom over the likeness that appears on their ID card, but it’s also helping to streamline card office processes for universities large and small.

The question may become not whether to enable online submission, but whether to build an in-house solution or purchase a system from a third-party vendor. 

Mississippi State cracks down on ID use at sporting events

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mississippi Sate university is takes its football seriously, in particular its student admissions. The university sent out a mass email last week reminding students of the proper usage of their ID cards come game day.

In addition to reminding students of policy guidelines, the email also warned students that those caught violating the policy would face disciplinary action by the dean of students office. 

University stresses the safety value of student ID cards

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

St. Edward’s University, like many other institutions, uses student ID cards for physical access to campus buildings as well as to make purchases on campus. These functions are in place as a safety measure and St. Edward’s is making sure to stress this to its students.

Whether because of property theft, personal security or facility damage, the university has identified its student and alumni recreation centers as spaces that require more stringent security protocols. Additionally, the classes that are taught in these buildings differ from traditional classes and pose security challenges.