Niles P. Dally,
Vice President Sales,
NuVision Networks Corp
So much of what any of us say about what will happen in the future is based on what we know now; however technology, business relationships, and consumer needs are constantly changing. Who would have foreseen this time last year the tragedy at Virginia Tech and the priorities and changes that have been made on campuses as a result.
This leads me to the first trend, system flexibility. Campus card providers need to make their products flexible in order to react to their client’s specific needs. An “out- of- the- box” solution simply no longer works.
We see more all encompassing features being requested by our clients. These include equipment check-out, student tutoring control and reporting, and emergency notification via cell phone.
Wireless is becoming more important. This is particularly evident not only with hand-held wireless point of sale devices, but also with vending machines, where wireless readers eliminate the wiring problems associated with changing machine placement.
Off-campus card usage is also becoming more desirable, not only with our clients, but also with their students. Students want flexibility, and parents want control, while the college likes the increased revenues, which result in a win-win-win situation.
Technology is progressing regarding the electronic medium we use on cards and other devices. Magnetic stripes still rule and probably will for the foreseeable future due to their cost. Desire for proximity technology seems consistent with other years; however iClass® interest is increasing as is biometrics. The latter has the burden of time consuming enrollment in addition to the added cost associated with all three.
People have been talking about cell phones as an adjunct or replacement for cards. This technology needs some standardization before it is viable.
Next year and beyond will present many challenges both in features and technology.
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