Smart moves for your smarter campus
Conference: Exhibition: Workshop
19th & 20th March 2019

Marriott Royal Hotel, College Green, Bristol: 19th & 20th March 2019

 Event Invitation



HESCA (the Higher Education Smart Campus Association) has pleasure in inviting you and/or a colleague to attend its annual conference and exhibition taking place on 19th & 20th March 2019.

HESCA19 is the latest in a series of similar successful events that Smartex has run over the past 7 years in Southampton, Nottingham, Great Missenden, Brighton, Warwick, Glasgow, Cardiff and Cambridge.  This year, by popular vote, we shall be holding the event in Bristol.   See what people said about HESCA18 here.

Attendance at HESCA19 is free-of-charge to invited non-member HEIs and FEIs and to all HESCA members (with attendance on both days counting as one day’s membership entitlement).  Other non-members may attend at a cost of £200 + VAT per day per delegate. 

Why attend HESCA19?



  • Introductory address (University of Bristol)
  • Migrating to smartphones for a smarter campus
    • Payment card linked loyalty, customer segmentation (Yoyo)
    • What do HEIs really want from smartphones? (University of Brighton)
  • Effective authentication and authorisation through biometrics
    • Which biometrics for the smart campus? (IDEMIA)
    • Using the biometric capability of smartphones (The Human Chain)
  • Promoting student retention
    • The lifetime value of students, its importance to HEI/FEIs and how systems can help (Independent College Dublin)
    • Automated student attendance recording and monitoring (TDS)
  • Closed loop vs. open loop for payments
    • How to annoy your local octogenarian drug dealer (University of Reading)
    • The journey to cashless (University of Derby)
  • New applications for a smarter campus
    • Technology to entice student engagement (VMC)
    • Becoming a smarter campus (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Tomorrow’s technologies for a smarter campus
    • Using mobiles to passively record student attendance (Panoptica Media)
    • The AI and IoT imperatives (t.b.c.)


  • Moving to mobile for access control (HID Global)
  • How to upgrade your smart campus cards (HESCA Consulting Services)
  • How to accommodate the migration to mobile (The Human Chain)
  • Panel: Getting rid of cash on campus (Smartex; University of Brighton; University of Derby; University of Reading)
  • Streamed supplier briefing sessions (HID Global; MCR Systems; VMC; Uniware Systems)

 Day 1 (Tuesday, 19th March) of HESCA19 provides a unique opportunity for you to learn about the many new developments in smart campus technology and applications, particularly the growing migration to smartphones as the form factor, and to biometrics as the authentication mechanism.  Pioneering HEIs will share with you how they are tackling ‘the cashless campus’, with some evidence of conversion to open-loop cEMV, reacting to students’ requests to provide useful apps for their ubiquitous smartphones – some replacing functions currently supported by smart cards and others that are exciting, brand-new applications – and how they are meeting the need for modern, effective digital identity and authentication techniques, primarily through biometrics.  These and other relevant and useful topics will be covered, including migration from Mifare Classic to DESfire, new perso techniques, the revolution in access control systems, attendance monitoring and IoT.

On Day 2 (Wednesday, 20th March) we are planning a series of four plenary educational workshops covering the main technical and operational challenges for any Smart Campus, followed by a series of streamed Supplier Briefings, to which participating exhibitors may invite associates, partners or customers as guests.  These streams will be timed to ensure that suppliers with competing solutions will not run concurrently where possible.

As always, leading suppliers, so far including HID Global (Overall Sponsor), EMOS Information Systems, Essentra Security, SALTO Systems, MCR Systems, OmniCard, Paragon ID, The ESP Group, Uniware Systems and VMC (UK), will be there throughout the event to demonstrate their new systems offerings, and you will have ample opportunities to talk to HEI/FEIs about their experiences of developing a smart campus. 

Cocktail reception on 19th March 

Our traditional cocktail reception, kindly sponsored by HID Global, will be held in the early evening of 19th March in the HESCA19 venue, to provide further opportunities for delegates, speakers and exhibitors to meet and share experiences and requirements.

Evening dinner on 19th March

The popular event dinner is taking place at a local restaurant, at 7.00pm on the evening of 19th March.  Delegates, speakers and exhibitors may reserve places with us for this dinner at their own cost (approx. £50 per head incl. VAT). 

What's included in the deal?

Included within these arrangements will be:

  • Participation at all sessions on both days
  • Access to all available presentation material
  • Refreshments on arrival and throughout both days, including two buffet luncheons and the drinks reception on the evening of 19th March

Overnight accommodation 

We have negotiated a preferential rate of £134 B&B per night for the nights of 18th and/or 19th March at the Marriott Royal Hotel for HESCA19 attendees.  To reserve a room(s), please Book your Smartex group rate.

How to book to attend HESCA19

To book your place at HESCA19, please complete the online booking form, or if you are interested in the very attractive rates for exhibiting at this event, please contact me at or on 01440 712610.

Do of course let me know if you have any questions on the above, and we very much hope to welcome you at HESCA19 in Bristol in March.