The Australian National University will move away from passwords and usernames when accessing campus systems, and will instead turn to biometrics for secure logins. The new biometric token system will be used by all of the university's students and staff.
Illinois North Central College has implemented secure multi-factor authentication and single sign-on to its campus-wide applications, including Microsoft Office 365, Blackboard, and Ellucian Colleague. The college has turned to BIO-key International and its PortalGuard Identity-as-a-Solution platform.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has installed MorphoWave readers to enable biometric access to campus recreation facilities. The initiative is being spearheaded by UNC Campus Recreation, and has introduced an optional, contactless system for student entry to facilities.
Syracuse University has added a new option for students entering campus dining facilities in the form of biometric hand scanners. The new entry option is now available to any students on meal plans that want to enroll and use the biometric reader to get through the line quicker and in a contactless manner.
The University of Rhode Island has been using biometric readers on campus for access since 2007, but in part due to the arrival of COVID-19 the time has arrived for URI to implement something new. Leveraging Direct Connect, the latest development in CBORD’s suite of biometric solutions for CS Gold and Odyssey customers, URI was able to install touchless MorphoWave biometric readers from IDEMIA.
Trusted identities solutions provider, HID Global, has added a new advancement to its Signo line of readers, incorporating biometrics into the HID Signo Biometric Reader 25B. The biometric reader is designed to capture and read fingerprints in real-world applications and conditions.
With universities across the country seeking out more ways to prevent and reduce the transmission of COVID-19 on their campuses, some of the focus has been turned to finding solutions that reduce contact points during student payment and access transactions. Card transaction system provider, TouchNet, has outlined some measures that it believes universities can take to support more contactless services on campus.
A group of colleges and universities are turning to a new, automated temperature screening technology that leverages facial recognition biometrics to ensure facility access for students who pass a daily health check. The combination biometric system is called PopEntry+ and a few institutions see potential for it to help ensure a safer return to campus life amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Campus identity solutions provider, ColorID will be hosting two upcoming webinars that will discuss some of the solutions that could help universities to transition back into a safer campus environment this fall. Specifically, the topics of online photo submission through CloudCard, and thermal temperature scanning at entryways will be discussed in detail with attendees.
Biometric solutions certainly aren't a new concept to those working in higher education and the auxiliaries. But with concerns around hygiene and the desire to touch fewer surfaces around campus at an all-time high, the conversation could be reignited. One biometrics technology provider, Princeton Identity, is expanding its portfolio of touchless face and iris biometric offerings with an eye specifically on the university market.
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