Updated on 7th February 2019

Apple to expand the iPhone’s NFC functionality?
NFC World
Apple could be set to expand the iPhone’s NFC chip reading capabilities to allow it to be used to read data stored in security chips like those used in passports, comments made by the UK government suggest. The UK Home Office has been in talks with Apple to find a way to extend availability of its EU Exit app, currently only available on Android phones, to make it possible for EU citizens living in the UK to also use an iPhone to register for Settled Status with the app.
(If only...  Apple will one day regret disabling full NFC functionality.  Ed.)

IoT firm teams up with university for 5G project to help speed up triage appointments
Med-Tech Innovation
Professor Politis said: “Alongside speed increases which will rival those delivered by optical fibre, 5G will incorporate IoT technology, which opens up ...

University of Exeter...creating the digital edge
University of Exeter Chief Information and Digital Officer, Alan Hill, is refocusing the Russell Group institution's strategy from a systems to a services approach in order to "accelerate its digital journey".

What measures are universities taking to secure IoT devices on campus?
Study International
IoT, otherwise known as the Internet of Things, relates to a network of devices connected to the internet such as computers, tablets, smartphones and ...

Staffordshire University to launch AI-powered bot for students
CIO UK Daily News
Last year, Staffordshire University broke into the UK university top 50 league table for the first time. Director of Digital Services at the university, Andrew Proctor, attributes this success to the digital transformation he has overseen and an IT strategy that has seen the organisation put AI front and centre.

CBORD study reveals valuable insights into the student experience
69% of decision makers feel their campus ID card program plays a major role in the student experience, and of those, 19% believe that role will ...

RBS secures 25 percent stake in digital current account Loot
The Paypers
The Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) new digital-only retail bank Bó has invested GBP 2 million in the digital current account Loot – taking its total stake to 25%. … Loot launched in 2014 to help students and young people manage their finances and says it now has more than 175,000 sign-ups. All verified customers are provided with a prepaid debit card and offered personal insights into spending patterns.

Gallagher provides student security with integrated access control solution at the University of Birmingham
…A large and complex estate with buildings of different construction and age, the University needed a solution that was flexible enough to accommodate their unique requirements. Gallagher Command Centre, together with the Aperio® wireless locking technology by ASSA ABLOY Access Control, was selected as the University’s preferred choice, meeting their security needs in a cost-effective way while still delivering to the overall specification.

Near-Field Communication Technology Supports Contactless Student ID at Universities
EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
A new partnership among Apple and three universities turns students iPhones and Apple Watches into contactless student IDs. Blackboard and ...

US: Auburn University deploys biometric tech from Princeton Identity for access control
Biometric Update
Princeton Identity announced that Auburn University in Alabama has updated and expanded the biometric identity system it uses to secure areas within its athletic facilities. Princeton Identity’s new IDS software and Access200 iris readers have been deployed to allow those enrolled in the system access to team locker rooms, eliminating the need for access control cards, fobs, or PIN codes.

Student power a catalyst for expansion of Fingopay in Copenhagen
Sthaler PR
A student campaign to make Fingopay a permanent fixture at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) has paved the way for it to be installed campus-wide. Danish debit card giant Dankort teamed with British fintech firm Sthaler to pioneer the self-service payment system that requires no cash, cards or mobile at point of sale.

UK: University of Leeds upgrade door security with SALTO ProAccess management system
…Starting in 2010, Residential Services swapped out its previous mechanical keyed system and since then has been using a wire free electronic access control system from SALTO across much of its student accommodation. This has proven reliable providing the versatility and efficiency to manage in excess of 1737 doors across the campus. But technology does not stand still, and many advances have taken place since the original installation. So, the Residential Services team have now chosen to upgrade their SALTO ProAccess management system to the latest version to take advantage of its increased funct

Bournemouth University develops new battery for wearable technology
This research comes at a time when wearable technology usage is becoming more common, as one in five people in the UK own a wearable, and one ...

Aculab to study inner workings of automatic speaker recognition with University of York
Aculab has announced a collaboration with the University of York on a language and linguistic science research project titled Towards...

How a Windows Update Can Spark New IoT Services on Campuses
EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
Integration of the Internet of Things has become a common goal for higher ... While many colleges are focusing heavily on IoT as part of their digital ...

ASSA ABLOY: A campus wide vision for access control
ASSA ABLOY’s Angelo Faenza discusses the company’s vision for higher education access control, how to navigate card technology migration decisions, and shows some of the hardware offerings that universities can leverage to better secure their campuses.

Building the intelligent campus
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a buzzword for many years, but without making an appreciable impact. However, two key elements have come ...

Hull mum told to pay £840 to get her kids to school as EYMS bins discount cards
Hull Daily Mail
"This eagerly awaited roll-out of contactless, comes following an investment of £1million in new Ticketer machines by Go North East, following its ...

More on Apple’s foray into University smart campus card territory. (Ed.)
Apple Adds Student ID Cards to Apple Wallet for Quick Access Around Campuses
Interesting Engineering
Apple Pay is the most popular mobile payment service in use, experiencing more than 1 billion transactions in the last quarter alone, up three-fold from ...

Starting today, students at three universities will be able to use Apple Wallet on their iPhone and Apple Watch as their student ID card.

Pioneering library smart card trialled at Ambleside campus
University of Cumbria (press release)
Staff have developed what is thought to be pioneering library 'smart card' which uses a quick response (QR) code to be read by digital devices.
(Quick, send the idea to Chris Grayling for his ‘smart’ railway dream. Ed.)