The Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University announced that students, faculty, and staff will receive new identification cards based on contactless smart card technology when they return to campus this fall.
The motivation to replace the 15-year-old swipe-style student ID cards occurred last year after a student was caught duplicating the ID cards of the university’s president and an assistant dean among others. The student was able to access buildings and gates across campus with only knowledge of the ID numbers then used on the cards and a $200 card reader he bought from eBay. The new cards are intended to bolster the security of buildings by adding encryption technology and more complex security procedures.
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