Campus ID News
Card, mobile credential, payment and security
slider NorthwesternID 1

Northwestern redesigns the Wildcard

Move expands use of smart card technology, cycles out old credentials

Andrew Hudson   ||   Jul 29, 2016  ||   ,

Northwestern University has redesigned its Wildcard and will begin issuing the new credentials August 1. The updated smart card reflects Northwestern's brand and visual identity, and brings enhanced security features.

According to a release from Northwestern's WildCard office, the transition will boost campus security and add new conveniences to the university's cardholders. The HID iCLASS cards will be used by students to enter dorms, check books out at the library, access parking lots and enter secure campus facilities.

Four residence halls on campus will be equipped to support the use of smart card access by the time students begin classes in the fall. The cards will also be used for dorm room access. University officials intend to add all campus buildings to the new card access system within a four-year period.

All new incoming 2016-2017 students will be issued the newly redesigned Wildcard, while a majority of existing students, faculty and staff will be able to upgrade to the new design on Nov. 1 at no cost. Cardholders carrying a chip credential will have to pay a $25 upgrade fee or wait until their card expires to obtain the new design.

Existing Wildcards will be transitioned to the new design over time as they expire or need replacement. A number of Wildcards currently in circulation are already equipped with a smart chip but other, older models will require an upgrade in order to benefit from the improved security features.

Those that do not currently have a smart Wildcard are eligible to upgrade to the new credential beginning November 1 and will receive a replacement at no cost by returning the old card. To aid in the recarding efforts, the Wildcard office has requested that existing cardholders eligible for the free upgrade wait until November as it will allow the card office to optimize its issuance services and process the immediate needs of incoming 2016-17 students. Upgrading prior to November 1 is allowed but will carry a $25 processing fee.

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter


May 26, 23 / ,

Penn State adds mobile ordering to campus app

Penn State has added a mobile ordering feature to its comprehensive campus mobile app, Penn State Go. The Penn State Eats Mobile function is available for use by students on the flagship University Park campus, as well as across the university's Commonwealth Campuses.
May 26, 23 / ,

NAU leverages delivery robots to support late-night dining

Northern Arizona is leveraging Starship delivery robots and the mobile ordering app in a clever way to prop up late night dining, and putting a twist on the ghost kitchen concept. The university has launched its Hole in the Wall dining window that now serves either pickup or robot delivery for students by offering a number of dining concepts all from a single, concession-style window.
May 25, 23 / ,

HID's Technology Partner Program helps companies develop mobile solutions

Trusted identity solutions provider, HID Global, has announced its HID Origo Technology Partner Program, the company’s first program dedicated to partners with a focus on mobile technologies. The Origo Technology Partner Program is designed to help technology partners by providing the ideal platform for organizations to design, test, and market products that integrate with HID Origo via APIs and SDKs.
CIDN logo reversed
The only publication dedicated to the use of campus cards, mobile credentials, identity and security technology in the education market. CampusIDNews – formerly CR80News – has served more than 6,500 subscribers for more than two decades.

Join us, @NACCUorg, and @TouchNet to explore how campus card programs can successfully navigate the sales and procurement process. Join the webinar on June 6, 2 pm EDT.

Webinar: Learn how the University of Arizona uses campus cards, mobile ordering, kiosks, lockers, and robots to revolutionize campus dining. April 7, 2-2:30 EDT. Register Now at

Load More...
CampusIDNews is published by AVISIAN Publishing
315 E. Georgia St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301[email protected]
Use our contact form to submit tips, corrections, or questions to our team.
©2023 CampusIDNews. All rights reserved.