Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

ColorID: Biometric use increasing on campus

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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Biometrics are being used more frequently on campus for access to high-security areas, says David Stallsmith, director of product marketing at ColorID. Data centers, animal labs and for securing nuclear material used in medical facilities are the areas where two-factor authentication, a card and biometric, are being used.

Stallsmith also says that the “ick” factor around biometrics is declining as campuses and individuals realize that the identification technology offers greater security. As for modalities, iris is growing in popularity and fingerprint is also popular.

UMass Dartmouth is taking to the mobile app for its campus safety, with a roll out of the Rave Guardian campus safety app.

Designed to check on the status of a student if, for example, they are walking from the library to the dorm at night, Rave Guardian sends notifications to the proper authorities and individuals to verify that students arrive at their destinations safely.

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Administrators at the University of Georgia have decided to institute PIN entry for physical access to buildings on its Athens campus, replacing an existing hand geometry system that has long been heralded as one of the pioneering implementations of biometrics on campus.

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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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