Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Bitcoin now accepted at Georgia Tech

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Georgia Institute of Technology is now accepting Bitcoin for student dining and shopping on campus.

Georgia Tech’s BuzzCards, can now be topped up with the digital currency at the BuzzCard Center, the university’s card office. The proposed integration is significant as student BuzzCards can be used at some 200 locations around the Atlanta-based campus where students to pay for meals, parking, recreational facilities and tickets for various sporting events. 

Student government questions credit card readers for campus vending

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Students at Slippery Rock University are questioning the installation of credit card reader on campus vending machines, along with the added fees they will carry.

During a regular senate meeting last month, the Slippery Rock’s student government association tabled the motion of adding up to 40 credit card readers to beverage vending machines around campus. 

TCU ditches metal keys for card access in dorms

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Universities nationwide have been routinely phasing out metal keys for door access for quite some time now, and Texas Christian is the latest university to join the trend.

Metal keys have become rather obsolete on campus, as student ID cards carry a plethora of functions. Moreover, with a switch of door readers, the use of ID cards for access to dorm rooms just makes sense. 

HID, Vanderbilt pilot Bluetooth Smart for door access

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

HID Global and Vanderbilt University have partnered to install a new access control system that leverages smartphones and Bluetooth Smart. The new pilot aims to demonstrate mobile’s capabilities as a convenient and compelling alternative to opening doors.

The pilot was implemented using the HID Mobile Access solution that supports Bluetooth Smart and includes Mobile IDs, Mobile Apps, mobile-enabled iCLASS SE readers and the HID Secure Identity Services portal for provisioning and revoking Mobile IDs to a variety of Apple and Android devices.

Users can either tap their device or use the HID’s patented “Twist and Go” gesture technology to open doors and gates from a distance. 

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.