Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Biometric hand readers tighten their grip on campus access control and security

Thursday, January 1, 2004

Validating people, not plastic, sounds good on paper and is, in fact, one of the reasons cited by some colleges and universities for controlling building access-primarily dorms, or sororities/fraternities-with biometric hand readers.  

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A month-old security policy at Emerson College, called Tap and Go already has some off-campus students raising safety and usability concerns.

Under the new system, everyone entering an Emerson campus building must tap their IDs or be signed in. The policy also mandates that the outside doors of residence halls be locked automatically, requiring a campus ID to enter, according to a report in the Berkeley Beacon.

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The new IDs will be used to gain access to building and study rooms on campus both during and after hours.

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Drake University has added more contactless door readers following positive feedback on campus.

In response to faculty, students and staff, Drake Public Safety officials have are adding 11 new doors to the university’s electronic locking system.

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