Higher Education Smart Campus Association
HESCA's aim is to provide Higher Education establishments with a platform for debate on smart card technology issues relevant to their business objectives.
HESCA endeavours to provide an opportunity to explore the technology in detail; the standards, software, hardware, applications and integration, aiming to develop a mechanism by which a series of cost-effective solutions is available to its members.
HESCA meetings, each of a full day's duration, take place quarterly. They include a number of presentations from British and international specialists, and provide valuable opportunities for members to explore the smart card marketplace in a non-sales environment.
Themed full-day quarterly Forum meetings have several specialist-led sessions, with ample breaks for networking. In the background, voluntary working groups are being established to consider topical issues, and to submit written recommendations to the members of HESCA.
What a member says:
“HESCA meetings have offered an invaluable opportunity to obtain insight into the world of smart card technology and the variety of potential applications. As the group is attended by colleagues from other HEIs, there is also an opportunity for networking and to share issues and solutions.”
David Manfield, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
Hesca Supplier Directory - for the latest HESCA service for HEI's seeking suppliers for their smart campus card projects (under construction).
Smartex Forum meetings, whilst planned in advance in terms of overall themes, are designed to cover important topics of the moment, whether technical or operational.
This Forum meets quarterly. Amongst the topics and activities that we shall be addressing are:
- Developing an effective attendance monitoring system to support a student retention strategy
- Smart campus schemes as part of an ID Assurance programme
- New techniques for enrolment, card issuance processes and procedures • Coping with GDPR
- Is The Cloud relevant to smart campuses and how?
- Us of new smart technologies such as AI and IoT
- The potential impact of smartphones on smart campus card schemes
- The use of biometrics in HEI/FEIs: products, software, standards and choices
- Towards the cashless campus: products and challenges: do bank cards have a role?
- Presentations by e-payment system providers: open or closed-loop?
- The business and financial cases and plans for introducing cashless campus routines
- The emerging new generation of physical access control system architectures
- Using smart campus schemes for logical and system access control
- Supporting innovative new functions with existing smart campus schemes
- Case studies from UK and overseas smart campus card schemes
- Successful strategies for card migration to a higher security form factor
- Development of statements of best practice for HEI/FEIs
- Development and progress of the HESCA Starter Pack for integrated supplier products
- HESCA18: Cambridge is the location for our annual two-day regional conference & exhibition
Meeting Dates and Agendas
- For 2018 meetings and agendas click here.
How to join
Smartex Forums are membership-based with an in-advance membership fee structure designed to suit the entire range of interests in smart technology, biometrics, smart payments, prepaid, RFID tags, M2M and NFC, and to accommodate differing time and budgetary resources.
Comprehensive information about member services and benefits, and about Forum subjects and plans for the next year are provided in the 11 sub-sections listed below. These include details of how to join, and a membership application form.
If you have any questions or comments about membership, please don't hesitate to contact the Smartex office on +44(0)1440 712610, or at email@example.com, and we will do our best to help you.
Members have access to restricted content.
To access presentations from past meetings of our forums, click on the links below:
Delegates have access to presentations from the latest Smartex meeting.
13th and 14th March 2018
Downing College, Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1DQ
Introducing new technologies and products for a smarter smart campus
FREE TO INVITED HEIs/FEIsLead Sponsor
HESCA (the Higher Education Smart Campus Association) has pleasure in inviting you and/or a colleague to attend its annual conference and exhibition taking place on 13th & 14th March.
This year, HESCA18 will also incorporate a series of educative Workshops on Day 2.
HESCA18 is the latest in a series of similar successful events that Smartex has run over the past 7 years in Southampton, Nottingham, Cambridge, Great Missenden, Brighton, Warwick, Glasgow and Cardiff. This year, by popular vote, we are returning to the heart of Cambridge.
Attendance at HESCA18 is free-of-charge to invited non-member HEIs and FEIs and to all HESCA members (with attendance on both days counting as one day’s membership entitlement). Other non-members may attend at a cost of £200 + VAT per day per delegate.
Why attend HESCA18?
Don't miss this unique opportunity on Day 1 to learn about the many new developments in smart campus technology and applications, particularly the growing migration to smartphones as the form factor, and to biometrics as the authentication and authorisation mechanism. Pioneering HEIs will explain how they plan to have cashless sites in the near future (and not just less-cash campuses).
Main agenda topics are as follows:
- Developing a smart campus: from cradle to grave
- The changing face of access control
- The importance of student retention
- Incorporating new applications and technologies
Day 2 will be devoted to four educational workshops, where you will obtain a more detailed and practical knowledge of how to implement the new technologies and applications, often requiring specialist management of long transitional phases, and where you can receive briefings from exhibitors about their latest products and services for the range of functions that can be supported by smart technology.
As always, leading suppliers will be there throughout the event to demonstrate their new systems offerings, and you will have ample opportunities to talk to HEI/FEIs about their experiences of developing a smart campus.
Cocktail reception on 13th March
Our traditional cocktail reception will be held in the early evening of 13th March at the HESCA18 venue, to provide further opportunities for delegates, speakers and exhibitors to meet and share experiences and requirements.
Evening dinner on 13th March
The popular event dinner is taking place at a local restaurant, at 7.00pm on the evening of 13th March. Delegates, speakers and exhibitors may reserve places with us for this dinner at their own cost (£45 per head incl. VAT).
What's included in the deal?
Included within these arrangements will be:
- Participation at all sessions on both days
- Access to all available presentation material
- Refreshments on arrival and throughout both days, including two buffet luncheons and the drinks reception on the evening of 13th March
- Free Wifi access
There are several nearby hotels, and we are negotiating preferential rates for our attendees. These include:
- Regent Hotel: 01223 351470 (nearest): £130
- Lensfield Hotel: 01223 355017 (10 minutes walk): £69
- IBIS Hotel: 01223 320960 (by the station): £110
- Hotel du Vin: 01223 928991 (10 minutes walk): £199
The rates shown were those provided by Booking.com on 17th January 2018.
How to book to attend HESCA18
To book your place at HESCA18, please use our online registration form here.
If you are interested in the very attractive rates for exhibiting at this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01440 712610.
We should be delighted to welcome you to HESCA18 in Cambridge in March.
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