Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

London college launches sQuid payment system

Monday, September 20, 2010

sQuid, provider of contactless eMoney solutions for campuses and The London School of Economics and Political Science announced the launch of sQuid on the LSE card.

Students and staff can go online to pre-load the card with funds to spend at various on-campus restaurants, cafes, and libraries. The card also has a loyalty purse included, and LSE plan to introduce incentives and promotions so students and staff can gain rewards by using their cards throughout the campus.


Thanks to a partnership by sQuid and smart card bureau, Euclid, students and staff at LSE can use the one card to access facilities and make contactless payments throughout the campus. The multi-function smart card incorporates ID, access control, eMoney, loyalty and library membership.

New students starting at LSE are already being issued with the new LSE card, which includes the sQuid technology. Existing students and most staff will get the chance to upgrade their card by the end of the year. [end] 

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The University removed cash-to-card machines from residence halls at the beginning of this academic year, leaving students with just two locations at which they can reload their ID cards for laundry. Now, rather than having machines located in residence halls, the students must report to two central locations, a campus convenience store and Bartlett Hall, a highly trafficked building that contains a dining hall, and other student resources.

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Students at Williams College are swapping their mag stripe student IDs for a new, combined mag stripe and proximity credential.

The new IDs will be used to gain access to building and study rooms on campus both during and after hours.

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St. Petersburg College and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority have launched the new Universal Pass initiative, which enables SPC students and employees to ride the bus for free by showing their university ID as they board.

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October 13, 2010 5:32 AM

It's truly staggering to witness just how quickly contactless technology is being rolled out across the World, not least here in the United Kingdom. As a company that is based in Britain, we've seen (at first hand) various institutions, both public sector and private, eagerly embrace RFID solutions. So, it comes as no great surprise to hear that a leading University should be keen to engage with this new technology; after all this is just part of positioning oneself as an innovator - something that The London School of Economics (LSE) is well known for.

What's perhaps of particular interest in your article is the extent to which student bio-metrics, spending habits, personal finances and their broader interests (i.e. library reading) can be linked together in a single RFID enabled device. Some less generous than ourselves will argue that it’s a marketers dream scenario made reality! It will certainly be interesting to track the LSE initiative, and see how those involved get on, since it's likely to be an approach that will be widely adopted elsewhere in the near future.

For instance, by 2012 it’s estimated that over 29 million British citizens will carry some form of RFID enabled device. There's also the UK passport, which since it was issued in 2006 now stores bio-metric information about the holder. Likewise, many new credit and debit cards are also being issued with embedded RFID chips (Barclaycard is one of the main players in this respect).

Our view is that technology is essentially 'neutral' – by this we mean that it is neither ‘good’, nor ‘bad’. However how technology is used by mankind is what exposes its strength or weaknesses. We're pretty certain that the LSE project will go well, and would imagine that their contactless card has been through extensive 'bench-testing' to ensure that that sensitive student data contained therein remains secure, i.e. cannot be accessed by criminals / or more likely in this instance a curious ‘wannabe hacker’.

For those that are even the slightest bit concerned, for peace of mind our company (rfidprotect.co.uk) can provide a very real measure of protection for those individuals who view RFID information theft as the next major crime wave to hit the UK. We're also keen to share information about strategies that can be used to tackle ID theft, we have a partnership in place with law enforcement specialists (Bedfordshire Police Partnership Trust) and RFID Protect also tries hard to monitor the very latest developments in our sector; providing relevant case studies, research and other links for those that wish to learn more about all things RFID. Thanks for raising awareness in your article - it's a really interesting development, and one that we feel is going to move 'centre stage' over then next few years.

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