HESCA News

Updated on 24th April 2019

Marshall University student IDs now on iPhone, Apple Watch
WVVA TV
Other mobile ID tasks include buying items in the university bookstore or in ... The mobile ID works with iPhone 6 and later models and Apple Watch ...

UK: Vanderbilt ACT365 addresses access control security concerns at Study Abroad University, London
Sourcesecurity.com
…The university wanted a security system to protect their student accommodation; in particular, a keyless system that would grant 24/7 access to its students while also enabling campus security to monitor these activities remotely. Vanderbilt’s ACT365 keeps audit trails of who is in the student accommodation by monitoring and recording fob activity.

School access control does not need to break the budget
SWM UK
On a daily basis, schools attract thieves and unwanted intruders. One report from Teaching Times suggests almost half of UK schools experienced technology theft in the last three years, for example.

You don't need a PhD to phish a Brit university: Nonprofit claims 100% hit rate is easy peasy
The Register
…Published today in a short report (PDF, 6 pages) titled "How safe is your data? Cyber-security in higher education", Jisc's security operations centre chief, Dr John Chapman, reckoned that his people succeeded every single time they spearphished a higher education institution.
(Worth a read: Ed.)

Johns Hopkins University rolls out support for iOS and Android campus cards
NFC World
Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has become the fifth university in the US to enable its students to load their campus card onto their iPhone or Apple Watch. Those with an Android NFC phone are also able to take advantage of the university’s new mobile credential service.

Upgrading Your Campus Security with Smart Card Readers? Think Again
Campus Security & Life Safety Magazine (press release) (blog)
But will smart card technology really improve a school's security? Are there “smarter” alternatives? This article discusses the security flaws of smart ...
(Some interesting views from a less-developed country: Ed.)

6 Advantages of Using Smart Cards in Education
The London Economic
Throughout the UK education system, smart card technology is providing schools, colleges and universities with a wide range of innovative solutions.

Transforming campus access control with cloud technologies
CR80News
Cloud technologies are giving people access through their mobile phones and other devices to a variety of new experiences, while making their environments smarter and more data-driven. The modern campus is now undergoing unprecedented change with the advent of identity- and location-aware building systems, virtual assistants, and “personal IoT” solutions that recognize people and customize how they access buildings and the services and resources they need.

Why universities are ultimate test beds for IoT
TechHQ
Why universities are ultimate test beds for IoT ... but one technology that is being given serious consideration is Internet of Things (IoT) technology. IoT is a web of wireless communications through smart devices and in the university ...

University of Hawaiʻi Completes Energy IoT Platform Across 10 Campuses
Energy Manager Today
The University of Hawaiʻi has announced the completion of an Energy Internet of Things (IoT) platform across its 10 campuses. The school worked ...

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
CIO
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
CR80News
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
Sourcesecurity.com
…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.