A European Education Campus Card Association pilot program seeking to provide standards for campus card issuance and usage across the continent has successfully been completed, the association reports.
The creation of a standard campus card system is intended to enable colleges and universities to share information using a common campus card that will act as a student’s “electronic key” so that administrators at other school across Europe can access a student’s records on secure databases. A standardized campus card would enable efficient electronic exchange of data among higher education institutions.
Goals of the European Union-funded program, called the European Education Connectivity Solution Project, are to:
Research and develop standards to achieve interoperability and facilitate the secure authentication of information transfer between educational institutions;
Undertake research on the current and future state of campus card systems in Europe;
Build a working prototype to the recommended standards to facilitate interoperability; and
Demonstrate the prototype in a live working environment between campus card management systems in two European countries.
Students from Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland and the Technical University of Lodz in Poland participated in the first trial. The pilot tested and validated the secure transfer of student academic information between institutions and the interoperability of the EECS Pilot Project between campus card systems.
With the pilot under its belt, the association’s next step is to move into a full demonstration phase with installation of live systems in several more European colleges and universities.