Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Building security tightened at a Florida university

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The University of Tampa has increased security at one of its buildings, allegedly due to threats against a faculty member, although school personnel would not verify that. The university is now mandating that ID cards be swiped in order to gain entrance to the communications wing of the building.

An email from Andrew McAlister, associate chair of the communications department, seemed to indicate that some were propping the building’s door open to enable access to anyone.


One source, however, commented that the security measures are a response to a situation involving a former student threatening at least one professor in the communication department.

While students might find the new security inconvenient, they understand the reason behind it. “It’s kind of annoying but they are trying to do all they can to keep us safe,” commented one student.

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Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia has chosen Argus Global’s iTrak incident reporting and risk management solution.

The iTrak installation at Macquarie marks the first post-secondary school in Australia to use the system, but the solution is already being used at several universities in the United States. Argus and partner iView Systems been working hard to expand iTrak’s reach into the Australian market, and has already seen installations in Massey, O’Tago, Canterbury and Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

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Florida International University will now be offering PayByPhone, a product of The PayPoint Group, to students as a means to accept cashless parking payments at the university’s campus parking lots.

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Florida Polytechnic University will use CardSmith’s cloud transaction management solution to support the university’s Poly Xpress student IDs. Located in Lakeland, Florida Polytechnic is the state’s newest public university set to open its doors for the first time August 2014.

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Identification and security products manufacturer, IDenticard, is looking to rethink the way contactless is being used on college campuses with the release of UBand, a contactless access solution in the form of a wristband.

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