Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Georgia university offers new online system for football tickets

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The University of Georgia in Athens is joining the ticketless revolution, at least where football is concerned. A new system enables workers at the stadium to scan a student’s ID card, which will show whether he’s paid for his ticket beforehand. Scalpers won’t have tickets to sell and it is expected that more students will be able to get into football games.

The new system was adopted earlier this week and comes after many students complained they only were able to get tickets to three of the games last year.

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Mt. Whitney High School in Visalia, Calif. is using student IDs and smartphones as a means for students to earn certain privileges.

The program is called Student Scan Identification Card Authorization, or SSSICA. As ABC’s local Visalia affiliate reports, campus administrators greet students by scanning a bar code on the students’ IDs to determine whether they have permission to leave campus for lunch or attend school events such as a football game.

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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.

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When officials at Georgia State University decided to revamp the campus security and surveillance systems, they found that the campus poses a few challenges.

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University of Pittsburgh students, like many other students across the country, use their campus ID to gain access to sporting events on campus. Pitt students, however, cannot transfer tickets from one ID to another, forcing those without a ticket to brave the resale market.

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A student ID can verify an individual’s identity with a simple swipe, tap or scan, instantly tethering the person who presents the card to a user account on the backend system. But what happens when the cardholder no longer uses their legal name?

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A sort of black market hit the sidewalks and social media sites of Florida State University last week when student tickets completely sold out for the highly anticipated FSU-Miami football game, according to FSUNews.com.

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