Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

NACCU attendees: Win an iPad mini from ITC and many more great prizes

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

If you are attending the 2014 NACCU Conference next week in Chicago, don’t miss out on your chance to walk away with an iPad Mini, a Kindle or one of a stack of great gift cards and other prizes.

ITC will be on the exhibit floor at Booth 709 and will be giving one lucky CR80News reader a free iPad Mini. For your chance to win, simply fill out the registration form and then check your email for your ticket. Print the email containing the ticket and bring it to ITC’s booth during the show to complete your registration.

In addition to ITC’s iPad mini contest, a host of other NACCU sponsors will be giving away prizes on the final day of the event. 

Student privacy bill gains steam in Louisiana

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The use of Social Security numbers has once again become a hot-button topic in Louisiana legislature, particularly for students who often share the sensitive data even without parental knowledge.

As reported by local CBS affiliate KNOE, Louisiana legislators are now demanding educational reform in the area of student identification with House Bill 946, which stipulates specifically the manner in which students are identified.

At present, Louisiana students share their social security numbers for a wide range of uses, including scholarships, standardized test scores and college applications. 

Software House bolsters Georgia State campus security and surveillance

Monday, April 7, 2014

When officials at Georgia State University decided to revamp the campus security and surveillance systems, they found that the campus poses a few challenges.

Largely a commuter school, 61% of first-year students and just 17% of all Georgia State undergraduates live on campus. Nevertheless, security is a primary focus for the institution’s 32,000 students.

GSU boasts the largest campus police force in the state with a staff of more than 100 employees. To accompany the campus police force, the university has installed surveillance equipment – including 50 DVRs, more than 720 cameras, 25 access control panels and 150 card readers – along with turnstiles, gates and card readers in elevators to ensure access is granted to only those who require it.

With a growing student population, and a campus centered in an urban environment, GSU decided the time was right to revisit its security measures. 

CardSmith adds real-time card activation capability

Thursday, April 3, 2014

CardSmith in is rolling out real-time account activation for its clients using the company’s IDMS system.

IDMS, CardSmith’s card printing and production system, continuously updates the company’s transaction system anytime a card is printed or replaced. This means that students can walk out of their campus card office with an active, transaction-ready credential. Providing students with an active ID at the time of issuance eliminates delays associated with batch file processing, a common occurrence in other systems. 

UC Davis allows student IDs to feature non-legal names

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A student ID can verify an individual’s identity with a simple swipe, tap or scan, instantly tethering the person who presents the card to a user account on the backend system. But what happens when the cardholder no longer uses their legal name?

It’s a challenge that the University of California at Davis is meeting head on by enabling students to have a non-legal name printed on their IDs. The university’s Preferred Name Program is acknowledging that an individual’s identity is just as much reflected in the moniker that they respond to as the information stored in the backend system.

The program was instituted following requests from UC Davis students, in an attempt to better accommodate transgender and foreign students who don’t use or respond to their given name. Understandably, a legal first name may be substituted on the student ID so long as the use of a preferred name is not for the purpose of falsification.

UC Davis acknowledges that a preferred name should be used whenever possible throughout the student’s university experience – including university records. UC Davis does, however, retain the right to modify, change, alter or rescind its preferred name service at the discretion of the university. 

TapShield app crowd sources, collaborates with law enforcement

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Student safety on campus has long fallen to university police departments, security guards, blue lights and traditional 911 emergency services. But one company is attempting to put all these resources on to a student’s smart phone.

TapShield provides an app tailored to college campuses and global enterprises that magnifies public safety data and improves emergency and crime detection.

The set up

When a user launches the app for the first time, they are prompted to enroll and provide pertinent emergency information that could help police or emergency responders – allergies, medications taken or other pre-existing conditions. The full list of voluntary profile information includes height, weight, hair color, picture and medical details. All information is optional and is then stored locally on the user’s device and only shared with emergency personnel upon triggering an alert.

The app leverages geo-fencing technology, which enables a TapShield client – a university, for example – to establish a coverage area for its students, faculty and staff to use the app. A geofence is a virtual perimeter of a real-world geographical area that is configured to include a set of boundaries, a campus for example.

TapShield works with its clients to define the boundaries and coverage area that will best suit each environment. Using GPS tracking, TapShield can then pinpoint the real-time location of a user as well as whether they are within the geo-fenced boundaries. 

Santander, Gemalto launch NFC service on microSD

Monday, March 31, 2014

Gemalto partnered with Banco Santander’s Universities Global Division to issue the Optelio Contactless microSD solution to institutions in Spain, Brazil, Chile and Mexico, as part of the bank’s University Smart Card program.

The application is already up and running at a number of universities, with participating students, teachers and other personnel already able to use their mobile phones for tasks like building access as well as for ePurse payments.

Banco Santander will provide a mobile payment option that is integrated with its own mobile wallet app, and intends to use the NFC-capable microSD to deploy a range of services including mobile transit ticketing.