Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

HID's NFC phsycial access control project is garnering buzz

Friday, October 21, 2011

The NFC project at Arizona State University (ASU) is becoming quite the celebrity. No longer are a student’s smart phones just the key to their social lives. It’s also the key to their dorm rooms, according to CBS 5 report.

With only a small number of students and faculty members currently using the system, ASU director of business applications Laura Ploughe stated the system may not only be used for opening doors in the future.


Ploughe explained further that the Sun Devil’s plans to expand the NFC system to support laundry and vending, campus transit and cashless payment.

Staci Finkel, engineering junior at ASU, says the new system is “more convenient” because you always have your phone with you. “It’s never out of arms reach.”

Watch a video of the news report here.

See CR80’s previous coverage of the ASU project here[end] 

Doctoral students at the University of Zurich have released an open-source tool that could broaden the mobile payment process on campus.

The mobile wallet solutions is called CoinBlesk, and is the brainchild of a group of University of Zurich graduates that wanted to deliver mobile payments using two-way Near Field Communication. The student-led project is being implemented in the university’s cafeteria.

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Coop bookstore, a retail store serving the campus’ student body, is now accepting bitcoin payments for apparel, textbooks, school supplies and more.

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SALTO Systems will showcase the latest addition to its XS4 line of locks, the XS4 mini, at IFSEC 2014.

The XS4 mini is part of SALTO’s broader suite of wireless products that focuses on developing innovative access control products with both the latest technology and an attractive design.

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Austria’s Vienna University of Economics and Business has chosen to electronically secure some 4,500-access points across its campus with the help of ESSECCA GmbH, the Austrian distributor of SALTO Systems.

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Shirley Williams Permalink
October 23, 2011 6:44 PM

Granted technology is making great strides, however, one still needs to use correct spelling to communicate an idea clearly. So, my suggestion is that your technology is becoming "quite" the celebrity instead of becoming "quiet the celebrity" which is basically the opposite of the idea, I believe, you were trying to convey. Maybe someone from the ASU English Dept. needs to be on the proofreading staff.

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Glenn Permalink
October 28, 2011 7:14 PM

All of us can not be great spellers. Good to know that those of us who are, are willing to correct those of us who forget to us spell check:)

Looks like ASU could be one of the first schools that could be totally without plastic cards in the near future.

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