Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Twitter helps university police catch ID card thief

Monday, December 10, 2012

Police used social media, in this case Twitter, to identify a person who stole a student’s Oklahoma State University ID card and used it to buy books at the bookstore. The thief then resold the books for cash.

According to a university spokesperson, police had security camera footage of the suspect but could not identify him. Police then posted a snapshot of the suspect on the school’s police Twitter page, seeking assistance from students.


The page had 10,000 hits in two hours and within four hours police had received four tips identifying the same person.

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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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Bitcoin ATMs could be installed at Canada’s Simon Fraser University as early as this fall, provided university officials approve a pilot project that is under consideration.

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File this one under “creepy” in the archives. A phony med student at the University of Auckland has university officials rethinking their ID card protocols after the student attended lectures and conducted cadaver dissections as part of a program he was not admitted to.

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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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