SmartCard Student / Faculty Campus Cards for Colleges and Universities
The SmartCard is fast becoming the official identification card for Faculty, Staff and Students at
many colleges and universities. The information contained on the SmartCard includes
the name, staff/student identification number and a photo. It serves as "one card"
identification to access a variety of college departments such as campus recreation,
library or residence facilities as well as handling payments for food services and laser printing.
06/03 - Royal St. George's College in Toronto recently said it had been given technology by Ottawa-based CryptoCard and Toronto-based Electramedia that will allow it to offer smart cards its 430 students. Potentially their parents could use them to access a Web-based database portal.
The cards' first use would likely come in the library, where it could save librarians needless data entry work to access a student's records when they sign out a book. It may also be used in the lunchroom, where students who have paid for a meal plan go to eat. Right now, a staff member stands with a clipboard in the lunch line to make sure students not registered for the meal plan don't get a free lunch. Smart cards that keep this information on record could help eliminate the need for human intervention.
While CryptoCard will handle the smart card technology, Electramedia will use the same ATM protocol for Web site access to the database.
02/05 - SUTTER, California (AP) -- The only grade school in this rural town is requiring students to wear radio frequency identification badges that can track their every move. Some parents are outraged, fearing it will rob their children of privacy.
Biometrics for Student Access and Meal Payments
Several colleges and high schools are using biometrics scanners, which measure the swirls and ridges of a fingerprint but not the image itself, to stop non-students from sneaking into dining halls and gyms and also to automatically and swiftly identify and bill students for meal purchases. Now elementary schools are joining in, hoping that biometric scanners are a good way to keep lines moving and pay for meals. By moving kids through the lines faster they are getting more time to eat.
Administrators try to ease hygiene concerns by cleaning scanners with anti-bacterial wipes after each class and stressing that grade school students wash their hands before each meal. They also say the biometric fingerprint scanner makes it easier to identify children as opposed to a Social Security number or numeric code that's apt to be forgotten or overheard. New devices can now identify a child as young as 4 years old despite the smaller size of their fingers.
Colleges and Universities Smart Card Administration Offices for Campus Cards
BbOne™ is a transaction–based outsourced solution that enables students and faculty to use the university ID card as a form of payment off campus. By utilizing an existing student discretionary account at the university, BbOne provides students with a safe, secure, cashless and convenient way to transact on and off campus, while assuring parents that their funds will be spent within a university–approved merchant network.
Blackboard develops a comprehensive off–campus merchant network on behalf of each university and manages every aspect of the program from merchant acquisition and funds settlement, to transaction terminal support, while simultaneously executing customized program marketing campaigns and Web site development to build the card program brand and drive deposits into the accounts.
Students that already use the Blackboard Transaction System to make payments at the cafeteria, bookstore, and even at neighboring retailers and restaurants can now use the same card to pay for laundry and receive all of the amenities for the e-Suds system including being able to see availability of washer and dryers online and get notified via email when their laundry cycles are complete.
NuVision Network’s iAMECS Advanced One Card campus card smartcard system provides campus data management, accounting, and meal plan control that integrates with Compass Technologies’ campus door access.
AMECS campus card program, which stands for Access Monitoring Eligibility and Control System, became iAMECS once it migrated to the Internet.
NuVision incorporates internal Video Imaging and ID card production, web portal, and POS software into its One Card System, eliminating the need for third party vendors. It naturally handles meal plans, determining a student's eligibility, etc., but it also includes accounting, ticketing, general access, voting, equipment checkout and
with their Campus Center products even have parking modules and off campus
A student can order pizza online and have it all done electronically with no additional cost. The business never sees the student’s ID number. The order is faxed in with a picture so they know it's the right person when they deliver the pizza. Then it creates a report for the college that shows how much money is owed to the business.
While NuVision doesn't directly provide physical and logical access control, a partnership with Compass Technologies, a manufacturer of access control systems, gives it that expertise.
After determining that purchasing and maintaining their own campus card system was cost prohibitive, Sweet Briar College decided that CardSmith had the capability to provide the same card functions at a fraction of the price. Many schools are looking for ways to provide better services to their students, faculty and staff, and at the same time, reduce IT expenses, and employee issues.
CardSmith provided a turnkey approach by providing all the necessary marketing, a help line for users, and technical support for staff.
The college’s magnetic stripe card is currently used in the college’s two dining facilities, in the laundry, and for debit transactions. They hope to have vending capabilities added, along with limited building access, as well as wireless capabilities using a handheld scanner to read student cards.
Sweet Briar did opt to produce its own cards, at “about a buck a card” using the IDMS card production system from Vision Database Systems and an Olympus digital camera. The reader is by ExaDigm, which has wireless