Identification and security products manufacturer, IDenticard, is looking to rethink the way contactless is being used on college campuses with the release of UBand, a contactless access solution in the form of a wristband.
Wearable tech has seen a surge in adoption recently, running the gamut of uses and applications. IDenticard’s UBand is a silicone wristband that features a built-in MIFARE chip to be used for all MIFARE applications.
The company believes that the UBand will be a good fit for college campuses, in particular, due to the variety of uses already in place for MIFARE technology. UBand can be used for residence hall or classroom access, payment at campus dining locations, printer authorization in campus libraries and more.
The idea behind the Uband is simple; it provides students with a comfortable, ever-present form of access while eliminating the need to carry a card. Moreover, with the capability to perform multiple functions, UBand could make for a great compliment to a campus’ existing ID card or “one card” solution.
Available in 20 colors and three sizes, the UBand can be custom-printed with text or a graphic to match a university’s desired brand. Branding is an ubiquitous concern for a university, and allowing the band to be customized to feature a school’s colors and logo can go a long way in building brand recognition and school spirit.
UBand is already in use for both access and contactless payments at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, where university staff are reporting that students were eagerly receptive to the wearable credential’s comfort and convenience.
“The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Troy Heath, the executive director of business development and retail at Mohawk College, about the implementation of UBand. “The ease and convenience of the wristband makes everyday tasks like paying for coffee and accessing rooms exciting. No more worrying about where your purse or wallet are when everything you need is on your wrist.”