Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Contactless failure on campus?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

User education, card material important to success

It may seem easy: tap the card against the reader and wait for the door to unlock. That’s the basic premise behind contactless smart cards for physical access control.

Contactless technology is touted as being more durable than magnetic stripe systems because there’s no direct contact with a reader that could cause damage to the card. All the components of a contactless card are safely tucked away inside the card body.

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