HESCA News

Updated on 12th April 2018

UK's Prestigious Wellington College Deploys FST Biometrics' In-Motion Identification to Upgrade to ...
Markets Insider
FST Biometrics, a leading biometric identification solutions provider, today announced it has installed its In-Motion Identification (IMID™) solution to provide secure access and an enhanced customer experience for students and members of the Wellington ...

MIT students create and circulate open source, covert RFID rings to subvert campus tracking system
Boing Boing
A reader writes, "A couple years ago MIT changed their dorm security/student tracking policy. They hired security contractors to work in dorms and required everyone to tap their RFID cards upon entry (no vouching for friends/guests). Most students complied. Some moved out. Some got in trouble ;)".

How a UA professor uses student-ID card data to help predict dropouts
AZCentral.com
Student IDs, called CatCards, are used at about 700 campus locations, including residence halls, the recreation center and the library. Ram worked with UA Information Technology to gather and analyze data on the use of freshmen's IDs over a three-year period, according to the university. The preliminary study indicated that social integration and routine were better predictors of freshman retention than end-of-term grades — a marker traditionally used to gauge retention.
(More from sunny Arizona: interesting note about resistance to the idea. Ed.)

The University of Arizona Tracked Students' ID Card Swipes to Predict Who Would Drop Out
Gizmodo
At the University of Arizona, researchers tracked the swipes of its freshman students' ID cards to predict which students were most likely to drop out. The university sees this surveillance of student behavior as a way to lower its dropout rate. The researchers collected data through CatCard student IDs, ...

ASSA ABLOY 'Unlocks' campus security
CR80News
In a part the podcast series devoted specifically to smart card technology, Eric Widlitz, vice president of sales at Vanderbilt Industries, helps to break down the common misconceptions associated with not only smart cards, but their comparably less secure counterparts, proximity and mag stripe. “There is ...

China: High-tech dining debuts in university canteen
Shine News
Students and teachers at the university can register online with their personal information, mobile phone number, and a campus card used for payment. Using a facial recognition scanner in the canteen, a diner is paired with a chip-embedded food tray and can start taking food from the buffet.

Australian college installs fingerprint tech
Planet Biometrics
Ellenbrook Secondary College in Western Australia is having a new biometric technology system installed to manage student attendance and communicate with parents.

HID Global's top trends to transform the campus card in 2018
CR80News
This move will also transform ID card printers into edge devices within the Internet of Trusted Things (IoTT), and redefine the economics of card issuance by ushering in new service-based models. Issuers will also be accelerating their adoption of mobile IDs, while taking a more integrated approach to ...

Colleges Use IoT to Save Money on HVAC and Other Facilities
EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
But institutions are starting to use the Internet of Things (IoT) — pairing connected sensors with analytics software — to fix them. And they're saving big money in the process. Energy engineers at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln were mindful of simultaneous heating and cooling issues when they ...

US: Entrust Datacard and CBORD Transform Student ID Issuance for Higher Education
Entrust Datacard
Entrust Datacard, a leading provider of trusted identity and secure transaction technology solutions, and CBORD®, a leading provider of card systems for colleges and universities, together announce the completed CS Gold integration with TruCredential software — replacing the requirement for IDWorks® software. This integration was successfully tested at the University of Vermont.

Coventry University investigated after data breach
Daily Sentinel
An investigation has been launched following a data breach at Coventry University in November 2017. The breach occurred after an email attachment containing confidential student information was sent to almost 2,000 students. The university has apologised and insists that no …

RFID Helps Parents Find Lost School Uniforms
RFID Journal
The RagTagd solution consists simply of a passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID-enabled lost property-collections box placed in a school's lost-and-found areas, as well as a tag attached to uniforms. The software on RagTagd's server tracks the items inside the box on a daily basis, then sends ...

Developing 3D Face Recognition Using Soft Biometrics
Find A PhD
First class students are invited to apply for a PhD studentship in the area of 3D face recognition at the University of Bath. Biometrics is part of the image processing research in the Department of Electronic & Electrical at Bath, see details at http://people.bath.ac.uk/eesane. This project will develop a new ...
(Good to see universities beginning to get into biometrics: Ed.)

Oxford University spin-out Bodle scores £6M Series A for its low-powered 'reflective' display tech
TechCrunch
The battery life of wearables, IoT devices, and smartphones remains one of the tech industry's biggest challenges and often a significant barrier to mainstream adoption. (I, for one, can't think of anything more tedious than having to charge a watch every night). There are various ways to tackle this ...