Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

University enables students to unlock dorm rooms via text

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

At George Washington University, students are unlocking their dorm rooms a little differently. For students who lose their GWorld student ID cards, getting into tap-access dorms is as simple pressing ‘send’ on a text message.

The university tested the new system earlier this semester, giving residents the ability to connect their cell phone numbers to their online laundry tracker accounts. In return, the students were given a phone number that they can text to unlock their doors. 

Local merchants struggle with campus card

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

At Quinnipiac University, students use their campus card and QCash to pay for groceries, laundry and takeout orders, but a slow transaction process and higher fees have some local merchants turning their backs on the student ID card.

Per the QCard website, students can use their QCash account to make purchases at a number of off-campus locations ranging from Exxon gas stations to Chili’s restaurants. 

Discounted student transit has its costs

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

College students enjoy a number of perks and discounts thanks to their university affiliation, with one of the most common discounts, particularly for urban campuses being public transit.

Bus and train fares certainly add up, and for students who leverage public transit to get to and from campus everyday, a discount card is an invaluable service. But what does it cost to provide that service? 

A student giveaway worth the price of admission

Monday, November 10, 2014

The University of Akron has used its campus card to reward loyal Zip fans, and in the process, raffled off a significant prize for four lucky students.

For the Zips’ football game against Bowling Green, four University of Akron students were selected and awarded with free tuition for the Spring semester 2015. 

Cincinnati pilots mobile app for students in need of a lift

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Late night transportation is a vital service for students at universities nationwide. The same holds true in Cincinnati, where The University of Cincinnati App Lab has developed a mobile app that places NightRide services into the hands of students.

The new system is expected to boost usage of the NightRide system by giving students the ability to request a ride directly from their smartphone. The app will also provide students with status alerts and more detail regarding wait times and vehicle locations. 

TCU uses new software, mag stripe readers to monitor campus social events

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Texas Christian University is working with fraternity and sorority organizations and university police to update its procedures regarding off-campus social events. At the heart of the new procedures is OrgSync, a software program that creates an online campus community that helps an institution connect and engage with its students.

OrgSync is designed to improve information sharing, minimize paper usage, track co-curricular involvement and generate reports on all data collected. Beginning this semester, all Greek chapters at TCU will handle their social event operations through the software program. 

Be your own meal ticket

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

How universities are using biometrics in the dining hall

For universities nationwide, getting students through the dining hall doors and to their daily meals is a constant struggle that requires a delicate balance of student convenience and throughput.

Biometric applications have garnered demand in a number of locations across the contemporary college campus, particularly those locations where students don’t want to carry their cards. But biometrics has extended beyond rec centers, athletic facilities and team locker rooms, as more universities are deploying the technology at campus dining halls.

While a vast majority of universities use the campus card to facilitate dining hall entry, some institutions have decided to leverage biometrics at the dining hall door, enabling the students to be their own meal ticket.