Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Canadian college students to receive smart cards for public transit

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Canada’s Compass Card – a smart card used for accessing public transit – is slated to serve a much larger user base in 2015, as the card program be expanded serve students studying at ten universities participating in the U-Pass BC program.

The expansion will do away with students’ previous method of reloading transit cards, which saw them line up each month at dispensing machines on campus to receive a paper pass. The introduction of the RFID smart cards will instead enable students to reload their their fare balances online via a secure website. 

Mobile printing is great, but only if you know about it

Monday, November 3, 2014

St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is now providing its students with mobile printing at the university’s many computer labs. There’s just one problem, students are yet to take advantage.

The office of information technology at Saint Joseph’s was behind the mobile printing launch in the spring of 2014. The mobile functionality was designed to make printing services on campus easier to access, but the university IT department is now reporting that students are not yet utilizing the service to its full potential. 

Vancouver startup trials cloud money with university students

Thursday, October 30, 2014

College students are cash strapped at the best of times, but they’re also incredibly tech savvy and willing to try new things. At least that’s the idea of Vancouver-based tech company nTrust.

nTrust has developed a global platform called Cloud Money, a regulated and trusted digital cash system that enables members to spend and send their money as easily as they send a text message. Upon loading their cloud, user funds can be exchanged instantly in multiple currencies to pay bills, make purchases, load an nTrust Cloud Money Prepaid MasterCard or send funds to other users. 

UMass ditches paper logbooks for new dorm access solution

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The university of Massachusetts has installed a new access system for campus residence halls in an effort to clamp down on everything from parties to alleged sexual assaults.

The solution has come in the form of a home-grown system that will be used for both electronic access verification and guest registration at roughly half of the university’s residence halls. Currently, each residence hall employs desk monitors after hours, with all dorms being locked round the clock. 

Indiana joins growing preferred name movement

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Indiana University’s Student Association has passed a resolution that will allow students’ preferred names to appear on their IDs rather than their legal names.

Indiana the latest in a series of universities to offer the preferred name option. The policy at IU will display the preferred name on the front of the card, though students’ legal names will still be displayed on the back of the ID card. 

CBORD recognizes customer achievements at User Group Conference

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CBORD has presented its 2014 Excellence Awards to one individual and two organizations at the company’s 35th annual User Group Conference held in Huntington Beach, California.

The award ceremony celebrates operational excellence, leadership and innovation across three categories: One CBORD, Visionary and Above & Beyond. Two of the awards went to the higher ed space, recognizing the efforts of one university card office and one individual. 

Windy city college faces laundry payment predicament

Monday, October 27, 2014

Contract changes and expirations have caused a crunch for University of Chicago students looking to top up their ID cards with laundry funds.

The University removed cash-to-card machines from residence halls at the beginning of this academic year, leaving students with just two locations at which they can reload their ID cards for laundry. Now, rather than having machines located in residence halls, the students must report to two central locations, a campus convenience store and Bartlett Hall, a highly trafficked building that contains a dining hall, and other student resources.