Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Study finds average college student uses ID card for 6.36 applications

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies announced that access to buildings, identification, cafeteria purchases, library, bookstore purchases, printing and vending, in that order, are the leading applications for which American college students use their school issued ID cards.

According to Security Info Watch, research also concluded that overall, the majority of college campuses are still using older technologies, such as magnetic stripe cards, mechanical keys and bar codes for access control on campus versus newer, more secure technologies.


Data from an independent research also showed that only 31 % of colleges are using the newer, more secure technologies such as proximity cards, 16 % are using proximity fobs/tokens, 10 % are using biometrics and 9 % are user smart cards.

Ingersoll added that large colleges are most likely to use biometrics, proximity and smart cards, while small schools were least likely to do so. Adding further, biometrics are used more by city and urban colleges as opposed to rural, countryside schools.

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A 2009 poll conducted at the Waukesha County Technical College found that 69% of students would use an on-campus bank. Now, the school is seeking proposals for a full-service branch on its Pewaukee campus.

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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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Universities nationwide have embraced the off-campus capabilities of their ID cards, opening the door for vendors to offer their services to the student population. The result of these efforts is a growing roster of merchants and a rather impressive list of discount opportunities.

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Start-up company RoomActually has launched a software platform that could provide an alternative to off-campus student housing. The self-titled solution provides an AirBnB-like option for universities with large number of off-campus students.

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