Access control: why are universities moving to a “smart card” solution?
95% of higher education institutions and universities still rely on aging technologies such as magnetic stripe cards or simple proximity cards for access control. Problem: These old technologies expose to security vulnerabilities.
As academic populations have increased and technological advances have been made, many institutions are now seeking safer, more economical, and more rational solutions to meet the needs of students and their staff. – not just for the backup of people, assets, and data – but to connect students to a multitude of services and applications across the campus – from access to physical facilities and logical network to payment without cash and the monitoring of time and attendance.In order to provide their students, faculty, and staff with a safer, more convenient, and flexible solution on campus, universities are moving away from traditional low-frequency magnetic-stripe and proximity card technologies in favor of a single contactless, high-frequency card for their student identification programs.
Upgrading to contactless Security Access Control System in India improves the security of physical access to buildings while enhancing logical access to student networks, computers, documents, data, health, and financial records. In addition, integrated smart card technologies inherently prevent the fraudulent use and cloning of cards, not only by providing secure access to buildings but also by protecting other uses of the card such as purchases or Bank transactions. Migration to a “smart” secure identification system can also eliminate the need for physical keys, which can be easily copied and are known to be lost or stolen.
The comfort of the holder
Student card with photo, residence key card, library card, cafeteria pass, bus pass – how many cards do today’s students have to juggle? With contactless smart cards, institutions can combine all of these features into a highly secure campus “single card”, thereby not only streamlining their operations but also dramatically improving the academic experience for students and staff.
Beyond convenience on campus, multi-application smart cards enable secure interoperability with off-campus applications such as transit and banking. In addition, with the additional flexibility offered by smart card technology, new applications or updates to existing applications such as library rights or restaurant room entries can be added or changed at any time without have to issue new cards.
Efficiency gains and long-term savings
Multifunction smart cards provide enhanced security operations, more efficient workflows, and easier management of identification programs for students, faculty, and staff. Due to better risk management with increased security of smart cards, universities can also benefit from reduced insurance premiums.
Path to the future