Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

University uses behavioral biometrics for online IDs

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Law requires schools to make sure students can’t cheat

A new federal law is forcing colleges and universities to implement security measures to make sure students enrolled in online classes are who they say they are, and three and a half-year-old software company outside of Dallas is lobbying to be at the forefront of this emerging market.

Biometric Signature ID of Lewisville, Texas, has developed a patented software biometric that remotely authenticates the identities of students, enabling them to take computer-based exams at home or in testing centers.

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Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia has chosen Argus Global’s iTrak incident reporting and risk management solution.

The iTrak installation at Macquarie marks the first post-secondary school in Australia to use the system, but the solution is already being used at several universities in the United States. Argus and partner iView Systems been working hard to expand iTrak’s reach into the Australian market, and has already seen installations in Massey, O’Tago, Canterbury and Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

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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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Austria’s Vienna University of Economics and Business has chosen to electronically secure some 4,500-access points across its campus with the help of ESSECCA GmbH, the Austrian distributor of SALTO Systems.

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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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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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Biometric identity and motion analysis specialist, KeyLemon is the latest to join the Blackboard Partnerships Program, bringing its facial recognition solution to the company’s online education portal, Blackboard Learn.

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