Updated on 12th October 2018

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.)

Apple teases student ID card for access and payments on Watch, iPhone
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
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
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.