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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