HESCA News

Updated on 22nd June 2018

Cyber attacks hit a fifth of schools and colleges
Daily Sentinel
One in five schools and colleges have fallen victim to cyber crime, according to research from the specialist insurer Ecclesiastical, yet the majority (74%) of educational establishments claim to be “fully prepared” to deal with such attacks.

ASSA ABLOY Helps Enable Contactless Student IDs in Apple Wallet
Markets Insider
"ASSA ABLOY will leverage its expertise in mobile access to support Apple's efforts to make it easier to access dorm rooms with contactless student ...

Using Apple Pay Cash precisely can make you appear petty, shows university study
9to5Mac
Apple Pay Cash and similar peer-to-peer payment apps offer a convenient way to settle-up with friends and family for things like shared meals, but a ...
(…which is precisely why no-one uses it. Ed.)

Apple teases student ID card for access and payments on Watch, iPhone
CR80News
The iPhone and Apple Watch will soon serve as a new student ID credential on campuses across the country following an announcement at the company’s 2018 WWDC keynote. Though Blackboard wasn’t mentioned by name in the keynote, each of the flagship campuses listed on stage is a Blackboard Transact client and the company has now confirmed its role alongside Apple in bringing this technology to the campus card industry.
(This was in Smartexpress yesterday, but Ed. reckons it’s too important not to follow up. This is real news from Apple, and typical of its big-picture approach. Impress-Ed.)

From the archives: Closed-loop vs. open-loop vending payments
CR80News
Payments via standard debit and credit cards, as well as payments via mobile device have posed a significant foe to the campus cards at the vending machine. In our 2016 coverage of the topic, we examined the role that campus vending plays in the open-loop vs. closed-loop debate.
(A debate we need to keep airing in the UK. Ed.)

Apple teases student ID card for access and payments on Watch, iPhone
CR80News
Still, we watched in anticipation that this year's Developer Conference would provide some long awaited news regarding NFC and the student ID card.

Argentinian university to issue biometric enabled campus cards
CR80News
The card can be used with standard desktop smart card readers for logical access, as well as feature RFID MiFare technology to enable the card to be ...
(Meanwhile, British HEIs continue to avoid linking cardholders to their cards, preferring to rely upon lost/stolen card reports: not much use in cases of collusive fraud. Ed.)

Yoti and CitizenCard launch new UK ID card for young people
Biometric Update
A new digital ID card is being launched by Yoti and CitizenCard in the UK to give young people a secure and affordable way to prove their identities online and in-person. The Yoti CitizenCard PASS card costs £9 (roughly US$12), and works alongside Yoti's free biometric identity app to provide an ...

Edinburgh high schools roll out fingerprint scanning to pay for lunches
HeraldScotland
FINGERPRINT scanning is being rolled out across the vast majority of high schools in Scotland ’s capital in a bid to make it easier for pupils to pay for lunch. Almost three-quarters of Edinburgh 's state-run secondaries are bringing in “biometric” technology to allow pupils to pay for meals without needing cash or a card.

University to create advanced blockchain identity laboratory
Planet Biometrics
Napier University in Scotland plans to developed an advanced blockchain-based identity laboratory.

Copenhagen Business School lets students make payments with just their finger — no card or smartphone required
NFC World
"Now, students and visitors at Copenhagen Business School can leave their cash, cards and smartphones behind and buy lunch using just their finger...

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 ...