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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] 

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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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