Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Syracuse raises ID prices, criticism ensues

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Syracuse University did not consider its entire student body when making the decision to add a new, more expensive technology feature to Syracuse University ID cards. At least that’s the general consensus around campus.

The price hike is the result of an added radio-frequency chip that will enable students and faculty to enter locked doors without having to take out their ID cards. But the new technology has been met with criticism, as there will only be two locations on campus that will use this technology. 

James Madison uses social media to reward loyal fans

Monday, September 29, 2014

A new initiative at James Madison University is giving students the opportunity to put their social media skills to good use, and win prizes for their efforts.

The university’s athletics marketing department, with the help of the loyalty program intelligence company FanMaker, has started a rewards-based program that aims to boost attendance at sporting events as well as reward and motivate the university’s loyal fan base. 

Mobile phone ordering goes to college

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The 8:30 am class might have been a mistake. But to keep from falling asleep in art history John Q. Student simply pulls out his smart phone, opens an app, places an order for the espresso with an extra shot, along with a bagel and cream cheese, and picks it up on his way to class with time to spare.

For more than 60 campuses across the U.S., this scenario is a reality thanks to Tapingo Inc., a provider of online and mobile food service solutions.

Instead of waiting in line for food, a student can open the app on their smart phone – iOS or Android – choose where they want to eat on campus and place an order. The app will then give them a ticket number and let them know how long it will be before the order is ready. 

Evolis enters retransfer market with new printer

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Evolis has unveiled the AVANSIA, a new printer that utilizes retransfer-printing technology to deliver high quality, high durability cards.

With retransfer printing, the card layout is first printed on a transparent film and then the print layer is transferred to the card. This technology makes it possible to cover the entire surface of the card, eliminate white edges and protect the print head from damage. 

Taiwan expands student EasyCards in major cities

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Taipei City Government yesterday announced an implementation plan that would require students in the country’s major metropolises to register for student EasyCards, which provide discounts on bus fares.

The new registration requirement comes after non-student use of the EasyCard. Beginning in December, Taipei, New Taipei City and Keelung plan to introduce the new registration process with the aid of city Public Transportation offices. 

Preferred name policy goes north to Canada

Monday, September 22, 2014

Preferred names on student IDs have been a hot topic on campuses recently, and it seems that the trend has crossed the border to Canada.

In British Columbia, two members of the Simon Fraser University community, in collaboration with members from the university’s Public Interest Research Group and Out on Campus – a university LGBTQ group – are campaigning to allow students to have their preferred names appear on their student ID cards. 

Michigan State cracks down on ticket sharing

Monday, September 22, 2014

Michigan State students attempting to attend football games without purchasing a ticket could be in for a surprise this season, as the university is cracking down on access to Spartan Stadium’s student section.

There have been a number of students who have used other students’ MSU IDs to gain access to the football games, so much so that the university has taken notice. Stadium personnel will now be on the lookout for students entering football games without a proper ticket assigned to their name.