Updated on 7th December 2018

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.)

Australian schools testing facial recognition for attendance
Schools in the Australian state of Victoria are trialing facial recognition from startup LoopLearn to monitor the whereabouts of students and save teachers time marking attendance, reports.

RealNetworks gives away facial recognition solution to US schools
Planet Biometrics
A RealNetworks' programme called SAFR, was released Tuesday for free download on the company's website for kindergarten through 12th grade schools in the US and Canada.

Australia: University develops large-scale 3D facial recognition system
Researchers from The University of Western Australia have designed a new system capable of carrying out large-scale 3D

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
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
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
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.)