Student smart cards are in high demand at French universities, and are being used to support a wide range of on-campus services. College admissions offices in Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Nice, Grenoble and Brussels have all decided to issue smart cards to students, providing a single credential for attendance records, access to facilities and micropayments.
According to a recent Evolis case study the company has partnered with French payment and identification solutions provider, MONECARTE, to provide over 50 universities in France and around the globe with Evolis card printers and interactive terminals to facilitate the demand for student smart cards.
MONTECARTE’s Uni’Campus software supports the creation and management of multi-use cards for identification, access control and ticketing. Uni’Campus is the online platform used with the university’s database to provide secure card management from issuance to deactivation. Personalized ID cards are produced by an Evolis card printer connected to a card personalization station.
In some instances, as with the company’s recent university deployment in Germany, students can update cards themselves freeing up valuable time for card office and administrative staff. The self-service terminals are not limited to office hours, and can update cardholder information on the spot, and encode that data on the smart chip.
The Uni’Campus terminal is an integrated hardware and software solution. In the setup with MONTECARTE, the Evolis printer is configured specifically for Uni’Campus cards, with encoding by IP address to update data on the contact or contactless chips, as well as authentication and data encryption via a secure access module (SAM) to enhance payment security.
On campus in France
Prior to 2014 the University of Angers in Maine-et-Loire, France, had a variety of different systems to control access to its facilities and parking lots. Today, a multi-service card developed with MONECARTE has streamlined access control and reduced the university’s operating costs. The single, centralized system now offers tighter security, as access rights can be disabled immediately if a card is lost or stolen or if an employee or student leaves the institution.
MONECARTE chose Evolis’ Zenius and Primacy card printers for their range of configuration options: double-sided printing, encoding of magnetic stripes, contact chips and contactless cards using RFID and NFC technologies. The printers are connected to the card editing station, which in turn connects to Uni’Campus software to create personalized student cards. Currently, there are 500 Evolis systems installed at universities across France, with one million total cards now in circulation.