Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

University of Arizona secures campus ID with some help from Multicard

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The University of Arizona has partnered up with Mulitcard to implement a new identity management platform that will be responsible for managing and administering the institution’s CatCard campus ID program, which consists of 51,000 students, faculty and staff.

The new solution replaces the university’s previous identity and access cards installation based on proprietary technology. Thanks to contactless smart cards, the new platform will enable and manage multiple applications on the university’s campus in Tucson as well as other campus sites in Arizona.


Students at UA will be able to enter dormitories and other campus buildings, securely log on to PCs or campus IT networks, check out materials from the library, validate meal plan participation, and pay for on-campus print and copy services, bookstore purchases, vending items and parking, as well as serving as an ID card.

In addition, optional biometric authentication will be added for high-value research facilities on campus, thus ensuring the enhanced security required for research funding. [end] 

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