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] 

State College Area High School is now using school-issued IDs to log student attendance and record violations.

Beginning April 7, State College Area High School students will swipe their student identification card upon arriving at school in the morning. Curtis Johnson, associate principal at State High School North, insists the new system will improve the accuracy of attendance records and hopefully raise academic performance as students won’t be able to fake class attendance.

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CardSmith has announced the availability of its second-generation Cloud Terminal payments solution, CT2.0.

CT2.0 is a web-based application that effectively turns any PC, laptop or tablet into a full-featured payment terminal, enabling clients to process transactions anywhere with existing or bring-your-own-device hardware.

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ScholarChip is providing its IDManager Card Issuance Stations to City University of New York (CUNY) institution, Kingsborough Community College.

When Kingsborough went in search of a new campus credential for its students and staff, one particular demand came to mind: flexibility. Above all else, Kingsborough required a single identification card that could unify its various campus services.

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AVISIAN Publishing is pleased to announce the release of the interactive version of the spring 2014 issue of CR80News.

The interactive feature allows for a miniature mode that you can thumb through as well as a full screen mode that allows you to read the magazine as if it were sitting in front of you. Even flipping the pages looks great with this new feature.

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RFID Protect Permalink
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 ( 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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