Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Oregon university regulates rec center entry with hand scanners

Friday, September 18, 2009

The University of Oregon, Eugene, has joined the ranks of those schools utilizing hand scanners to control entry to specific buildings. As in many of the other universities which have opted for the technology, this university is using the scanners to control entry to its Rec Center.

University officials cited two reasons for the change: a desire to prevent non-students from using the facility and a need to update the software.

Under the old system, students would swipe their cards in scanners mounted to turnstiles. But some students would loan their cards to non-students who weren’t paying the fee to use the center, which is rolled into the costs of attending the University.

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Shuttle Computer Group and ScholarChip have partnered to create a new kiosk that can help school administrators to monitor student and staff attendance.

ScholarChip’s Safety and Operations System will now leverage Shuttle’s X50 all-in-one computer, and together with ScholarChip’s software and accessories, has created a portable, multi-purpose kiosk that captures attendance at a rate more than 40 students per minute.

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File this one under “creepy” in the archives. A phony med student at the University of Auckland has university officials rethinking their ID card protocols after the student attended lectures and conducted cadaver dissections as part of a program he was not admitted to.

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University of Queensland students who use public transit to get to campus can be fined $227 if they fail to present the new Tertiary Transport Concession Card, their university ID and their Go Card while using public transport.

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Need a ride but don’t want to peddle your way across campus? Why not rent a car?

That’s the question posed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where by the start of the fall semester, anyone with a valid UW-Madison ID will be able to check out an electric vehicle to drive around campus.

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More than 1,800 University of California, Irvine students, along with two dozen non-students, have been notified that they their personal information was not only left unencrypted, but may also have been compromised after keylogger malware was discovered on three student health center computers.

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Student ID cards vary in their design, with university crests, colors and photos all adorning the fronts these important credentials. The reverse side of the card, however is easy to overlook, as many institutions pre-print generic data that the student rarely notices.

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