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Month: February 2019

Transforming campus access control with cloud technologies

Cloud technologies are giving people access through their mobile phones and other devices to a variety of new experiences, while making their environments smarter and more data-driven. The modern campus is now undergoing unprecedented change with the advent of identity- and location-aware building systems, virtual assistants, and “personal IoT” solutions that recognize people and customize how they access buildings and the services and resources they need.

Mobile credentials at Oklahoma boost security, convenience for students

Access control solutions provider, ASSA ABLOY, is presenting a free webinar discussing how Apple Wallet is enabling the University of Oklahoma to increase convenience and security on campus by issuing mobile credentials to students. In the webinar, Tyler Webb, Director of the Sooner Card at the University of Oklahoma will detail the university’s journey from traditional access control to mobile student IDs. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, February 27th from 2:00PM – 3:00PM EST.

Conn. high school to print suicide prevention hotline on student IDs

Connecticut's Westhill High School will begin printing the contact info for a suicide prevention hotline on the backs of all student ID cards thanks to the efforts of one of its students. Printing suicide prevention hotlines on student ID cards has also been a topic of discussion at the collegiate level, with an increasing number of universities adding valuable resources to the backs of campus cards.

New meal plan boosts student dining spend by $500K

Following a new mandatory meal plan for incoming students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the university's dining services has seen a significant bump in student spend to the tune of $500,000 more than the year before. The new plan has helped to financially stabilize the university's dining program, which had started to see a decline in sales in recent years.

Texas to decide on student IDs for voter identification

The issue of voter identification, and how to execute it, is a topic of discussion that's crossed paths with the campus card before. Now, Texas could be the next state to make the student ID card a valid form of identification at the voting booth, following a bill proposed by Texas State Rep. Erin Zwiener, D-Driftwood this week. The bill would allow Texas college students to vote after presenting a campus card alone.

University of San Diego launches ParkMobile for campus parking

The University of San Diego has decided to launch ParkMobile, a mobile parking payment and reservation app, on its campus to enable students and campus visitors to easily pay for parking from their mobile device. The ParkMobile app is now available for over 2,000 parking spaces on the USD campus.

Flashback Friday: Card backs provide valuable real estate

Let's face it, there's not much happening on the back of a student ID card. Mag stripes and barcodes aside, in most cases the reverse side features little more than a paragraph of tiny black-and-white legal jargon and perhaps the odd financial network logos. But in 2016, we looked at what a campus can do with the back of the ID card to turn it into a valuable resource for students.

Mobile Credential exciting for students, strategic differentiator for campuses

Blackboard’s Mobile Credential has been in the wild since October and is now fully available to students on four campuses, with two more in tow. Early reports from the launch are showing strong adoption rates, suggesting that the use of Apple devices for campus transactions isn't just an exciting solution for students, but potentially a strategic differentiator for universities.

Auburn requiring two-factor authentication for student accounts

Auburn University is mandating two-factor authentication for access to student accounts. The changeover will begin with class registration and email access on Feb. 25, when the University will start to require students to use DUO, a two-factor authentication service. The university implemented DUO as a means to keep students' identities safe and better protect their personal information.

University of Utah bolstering access control policy

The University of Utah is now revisiting its access control policies for campus residence halls and updating its guest policies following the death of student on campus last October. In total, the security overhaul has plans to consider upwards of 30 campus safety recommendations.

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