Chadron State College has plans to implement a new, centralized identity management system, EagleCard, and at the center of the new system will be Heartland’s OneCard solution.
The college conducted a vendor review and evaluation process, which saw three product demonstrations come to the Chadron, Nebraska campus. Local news outlet KOTA reports that following a series of campus visits to see the vendor solutions in action, Heartland was the vendor to come away with the contract.
“The Heartland OneCard solution will positively affect nearly everyone who studies, works or attends conferences at Chadron State College,” says Ann Burk, chief information officer for Chadron State. “It is the best fit overall.”
Burk insists that a site visit to the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs served as validation that the Heartland OneCard solution was the top choice. While on the visit, CSC officials were able to observe students, faculty and staff associated with the University of Colorado using their new smart card, with the option of their personal smart phone, as a form of ID for campus dining services, building access, library material checkout, event entrance, print and copy services and vending.
The EagleCard program will leverage encrypted contactless technology to enable secure transactions using the new cards.
The first phase of the EagleCard rollout will focus on the installation of keyless entry systems to the exterior doors of the residence halls, student activity center and other highly trafficked student buildings, with a new point of sale system to used by dining services included in phase one as well. Phase two will see exterior readers installed at the remainder of campus buildings as well as the installation of a box office module and copy/print management system.
The EagleCard implementation will replace several legacy systems, with the hope of increasing campus security, streamlining business processes and improving student services.