Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

MIT mulls Bitcoin payments on campus

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Coop bookstore, a retail store serving the campus’ student body, is now accepting bitcoin payments for apparel, textbooks, school supplies and more.

Interest in bitcoin payments has been growing on MIT’s campus for some time now, with a scheduled “airdrop” of $500,000 in bitcoin for MIT undergraduates. The project at MIT intends to provide $100 to every MIT student, and is scheduled to take place sometime this fall. 

RoomActually adds new off-campus student housing platform

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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.

RoomActually enables universities to own and manage their communities of landlords, while offering a safe and efficient means to find and pay for off-campus housing. 

Rutgers to allow preferred names on student IDs

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rutgers University has approved a new student preferred name policy that will enable students to use preferred names instead of legal names on official class rosters, the university’s learning resource management system Sakai and the Rutgers Electronic Grading and Information System.

The new name policy is an attempt to better accommodate international, transgender, gender-nonconforming and LGBT students. Previously, students wishing to be addressed by an alternative name had to email professors in advance, but Zaneta Rago, acting director of the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities at Rutgers, says the new policy will eliminate that process 

Attendance evolved

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Baltimore County Public Schools stays ahead of its large population with contactless student IDs

Attendance is a primary, daily function at virtually every elementary, middle and high school across the country. For large schools and districts, logging and reporting student attendance can be an incessant challenge. In Baltimore, a new system is redefining attendance with the student ID card, paving the way for improved campus safety and efficiency.

To aid in this challenge, ScholarChip – a smart card ID provider for the K-12 market and payment gateway and electronic signature provider for Higher Education – has developed a centralized school safety system that leverages a one-card solution. 

St. Cloud State accepts mobile parking payments

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Students, faculty, and visitors at St. Cloud State University can now bypass the parking meter with a new service that enables parking payments directly from a mobile phone.

The university has partnered with PassportParking, a mobile parking payments service, to provide the new payment option for parking spaces throughout the St. Cloud, Minnesota campus. 

Student visas prove difficult to track for U.S. government

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

U.S. Government officials have been unable to locate some 6,000 foreign nationals who have entered the United States on student visas.

According to ABC News, U.S. immigration officials have had difficulty keeping track of the escalating number of foreign students entering the United States. More troubling still, 58,000 students overstayed their visas in the past year alone. 

Swiss University students marry NFC, Bitcoins for campus payments

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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.