The University Católica of Murcia in southeastern Spain is piloting NFC for physical access, payments and attendance. SALTO Systems, Banco Santander, Vodafone, Gemalto and the public local government are collaborating on the project.
The eight-month project, run by the Santander Universities Global Division, will see all staff and more than 20,000 students at the university use NFC-enabled services. Users will be able to access all university buildings including access to laboratories, classrooms, gym and library as well as the parking areas.
The school has deployed a campus-wide contactless solution that enables the university to integrate all its physical security and management needs through SALTO Systems’ wire-free networked stand-alone locks for access control.
A video produced by the university show a student using his handset and NFC capabilities to check bus arrival, attendance to class, access to lab, enter a school recreation facility and check out a bicycle.
The pilot also includes additional services leveraging the NFC and data-on-SIM based technology to store student academic profiles, university accreditation, data use on campus and public transportation services. The latter includes both local buses and a bicycle rental service where users can load funds on to their mobile phones via a network of payment machines and kiosks.