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  • Higher Education Smart Campus Association

    HESCA's aim is to provide Higher Education establishments with a platform for debate on smart card technology issues relevant to their business objectives.

    HESCA endeavours to provide an opportunity to explore the technology in detail; the standards, software, hardware, applications and integration, aiming to develop a mechanism by which a series of cost-effective solutions is available to its members.

    HESCA meetings, each of a full day's duration, take place quarterly. They include a number of presentations from British and international specialists, and provide valuable opportunities for members to explore the smart card marketplace in a non-sales environment.

    Themed full-day quarterly Forum meetings have several specialist-led sessions, with ample breaks for networking.  In the background, voluntary working groups are being established to consider topical issues, and to submit written recommendations to the members of HESCA.

    What a member says:

    “HESCA meetings have offered an invaluable opportunity to obtain insight into the world of smart card technology and the variety of potential applications.  As the group is attended by colleagues from other HEIs, there is also an opportunity for networking and to share issues and solutions.”

    David Manfield, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff

    Hesca Supplier Directory - for the latest HESCA service for HEI's seeking suppliers for their smart campus card projects (under construction).

  • 2019 Meetings

    HESCA (HIGHER EDUCATION SMART CAMPUS ASSOCIATION)

    This Forum meets quarterly.  Amongst the topics and activities that we shall be addressing are:

    • Developing an effective attendance monitoring system to support a student engagement and retention strategy
    • Smart campus schemes as part of an ID Assurance programme
    • New techniques for enrolment, card issuance processes and procedures
    • Coping with GDPR
    • Is the Cloud relevant to smart campuses and how?
    • Use of new smart technologies such as AI and IoT
    • The potential impact of smartphones on smart campus card schemes
    • The use of biometrics in HEI/FEIs: products, software, standards and choices
    • Towards the cashless campus: products and challenges: do bank cards have a role?
    • Presentations by e-payment system providers: open or closed-loop?
    • The business and financial cases and plans for introducing cashless campus routines
    • The emerging new generation of physical access control system architectures
    • Using smart campus schemes for logical and system access control
    • Supporting innovative new functions with existing smart campus schemes
    • Case studies from UK and overseas smart campus card schemes
    • Successful strategies for card migration to a higher security form factor
    • Development of statements of best practice for HEI/FEIs
    • Development and progress of the HESCA Starter Pack for integrated supplier products
    • Smart card vending in a smart campus. What are the benefits?
    • Migration of existing legacy systems to a smart environment: the challenges
    • Strategies for room utilisation systems for a smart campus
    • Smart Card online store services: what are the benefits?
    • A dedicated university app: Integration with smart card services: strategies: one app to rule them all?
    • Smart car parking in a smart campus: what are the benefits?
    • Smart card production: in-house or bureau? Pros and cons.
    • HESCA19: Bristol is the location for our annual two-day regional conference & exhibition

     

    Meeting Dates and Agendas

     

  • How to join

    Smartex Forums are membership-based with an in-advance membership fee structure designed to suit the entire range of interests in smart technology, biometrics, smart payments, prepaid, RFID tags, M2M and NFC, and to accommodate differing time and budgetary resources.

    Comprehensive information about member services and benefits, and about Forum subjects and plans for the next year are provided in the 11 sub-sections listed below. These include details of how to join, and a membership application form.

    If you have any questions or comments about membership, please don't hesitate to contact the Smartex office on +44(0)1440 712610, or at richard@smartex.com, and we will do our best to help you.

  • Members' Pages

    Members have access to restricted content.

    To access presentations from past meetings of our forums, click on the links below:

    Transport Card Forum

    HESCA

    Smart Payments Forum

    Mobile & Identity Forum

    Internet of Things Association

    Delegates' Area

    Delegates have access to presentations from the latest Smartex meeting.

    Delegate Presentations

  • HESCA News

    Updated on 14th June 2019

    Contactless locker case study: Gantner a hit at Denmark Technical University
    Cr80news
    Universities around the world are leveraging smart contactless lockers and the student ID card to safeguard student valuables, and this contactless locker case study illustrates some of the benefits. Spearheading the smart locker trend is Gantner Technologies, with its comprehensive system that includes locking mechanisms, locker banks and backend software.

    How Online Universities Take Fraudsters To School
    pymnts.com
    Phone numbers, email addresses, usernames and other online signifiers have become vital to digital identity verification, as the world becomes ...

    How Online Universities Take Fraudsters To School
    PYMNTS.com
    Online universities have become a popular alternative to traditional campus experiences for their affordability and flexible class schedules. However, with tests conducted remotely, how can educators ensure that students aren’t cheating their way to a degree? In this month’s Digital Identity Tracker, Maureen O’Brien, director of evaluation at Western Governors University, explains how the school’s verification process continually authenticates test takers' ID.

    Arista Networks expands cognitive campus portfolio
    Help Net Security
    ... and wireless campus edge products designed to address transitional changes as the enterprise moves to an IoT (Internet of Things)-ready campus.

    Apps at Arizona that can save a first-year student
    CR80News
    It’s indisputable that mobile apps are redefining the way students interact with the college campus. With more utilities being added seemingly by the day, a recent in the University of Arizona’s student publication, The Daily Wildcat, listed seven mobile applications that are must-haves for first-year students.

    Wireless access control on university campuses
    CR80News
    The evolution from mechanical, to wired, to wireless continues to impact the security industry, and higher education campuses are among the environments benefiting from the flexibility and efficiencies wireless solutions offer. To understand this value, Allegion’s Jeff Koziol explores the advantages of wireless in depth.

    A UK University Is 'Fingerprinting' National Archives With Blockchain
    CoinDesk
    The system “essentially provides a digital fingerprint for archives, making it possible to verify their authenticity,” according to project lead at the ...

    CBORD tailoring solutions for a ‘Connected Campus’
    CR80News
    For those familiar with the CBORD suite, UGryd won’t be a new name. The company’s commerce solution, UGryd is now operating at 250 sites across the country. What is new, however, are a host of features that make expanding the campus card’s reach to more third-party providers a reality.

    CBORD’s UGryd expanding reach of campus card
    CR80News
    CBORD’s commerce solution, UGryd has added a host of features that make expanding the campus card’s reach to more third-party providers a reality. The new additions to UGryd will be discussed in an upcoming FREE webinar alongside details about how Vanderbilt University is leveraging UGryd to bridge the gap between the university and its local community by encouraging students to patronize partnering off-campus merchants.

    Kenyan charity issues contactless wristbands to students for discounted meal payments
    NFC World
    Kenyan social enterprise Food for Education is speeding up the rollout of its Tap2Eat NFC cash replacement system for subsidised school meals ...

    Outrage as Scottish council agrees to fingerprint payments for school dinners
    The Scotsman
    Furious parents have slammed a controversial school lunch payment system which will see children buy food with their fingerprint - over fears about ...
    (Could this be because all Scots are crooks, and a bit scared of dabs? Certainly not: Ed.)

    Smartcard
    Nottingham Trent University
    As well as being an ID card, access card, library card, sport and fitness membership card and travel card; you can now use your Smartcard as a cash ...

    Marshall University student IDs now on iPhone, Apple Watch
    WVVA TV
    Other mobile ID tasks include buying items in the university bookstore or in ... The mobile ID works with iPhone 6 and later models and Apple Watch ...

    UK: Vanderbilt ACT365 addresses access control security concerns at Study Abroad University, London
    Sourcesecurity.com
    …The university wanted a security system to protect their student accommodation; in particular, a keyless system that would grant 24/7 access to its students while also enabling campus security to monitor these activities remotely. Vanderbilt’s ACT365 keeps audit trails of who is in the student accommodation by monitoring and recording fob activity.

    School access control does not need to break the budget
    SWM UK
    On a daily basis, schools attract thieves and unwanted intruders. One report from Teaching Times suggests almost half of UK schools experienced technology theft in the last three years, for example.

    You don't need a PhD to phish a Brit university: Nonprofit claims 100% hit rate is easy peasy
    The Register
    …Published today in a short report (PDF, 6 pages) titled "How safe is your data? Cyber-security in higher education", Jisc's security operations centre chief, Dr John Chapman, reckoned that his people succeeded every single time they spearphished a higher education institution.
    (Worth a read: Ed.)

    Johns Hopkins University rolls out support for iOS and Android campus cards
    NFC World
    Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has become the fifth university in the US to enable its students to load their campus card onto their iPhone or Apple Watch. Those with an Android NFC phone are also able to take advantage of the university’s new mobile credential service.

    Upgrading Your Campus Security with Smart Card Readers? Think Again
    Campus Security & Life Safety Magazine (press release) (blog)
    But will smart card technology really improve a school's security? Are there “smarter” alternatives? This article discusses the security flaws of smart ...
    (Some interesting views from a less-developed country: Ed.)

    6 Advantages of Using Smart Cards in Education
    The London Economic
    Throughout the UK education system, smart card technology is providing schools, colleges and universities with a wide range of innovative solutions.

    Transforming campus access control with cloud technologies
    CR80News
    Cloud technologies are giving people access through their mobile phones and other devices to a variety of new experiences, while making their environments smarter and more data-driven. The modern campus is now undergoing unprecedented change with the advent of identity- and location-aware building systems, virtual assistants, and “personal IoT” solutions that recognize people and customize how they access buildings and the services and resources they need.

  •  

    HESCA CONSULTING SERVICES

    A Smartex Group company

    TOWARDS A SMARTER CAMPUS

    There are a number of reasons why you may be considering the introduction or expansion of a smart campus card scheme, or migration towards the replacement of smart cards with smartphones as the portable token for students and staff.  These could include:

    • Reduction in the numbers of cards and tokens requiring to be held
    • The need to avoid reputational damage from the use of MIFARE Classic-chipped cards
    • The necessity to meet student demand for the use of smartphones as the token of choice
    • Reduction and streamlining of manual/administrative functions for staff
    • Creation of a modern image for your institution
    • Enhancement of security surrounding physical and system access control
    • Support for an identity assurance programme
    • Reduction or elimination of the use of cash on campus
    • Improvement of the general student experience

     

    WHY SOME SMART CAMPUS CARD SCHEMES FAIL?

    The introduction of any new pervasive, fast-changing technology can be challenging, and we have seen schemes set out with good intentions but ultimately fail due to one or more of the following:

    • Lack of clarity of the business case, and no strong perceived imperative to proceed
    • Unclear project ownership and poor branding for the scheme
    • Difficulty in adapting existing functional systems to operate with smart cards
    • Failure to get faculties, schools and administrative departments to work together
    • Not getting the best from suppliers or becoming ‘locked in’ to one
    • Introduction of new staff working practices meets resistance
    • Students and staff have no good reason to always carry their smart campus cards
    • Reputational damage due to poor planning and resulting delayed or unsuccessful launch
    • Uncertainty about the potential impact of Near Field Communication-based smartphones
    • Difficulty in handling cards for occasional visitors to campus
    • Difficulty in eliminating the use of cash at campus points of payment

    With our help, each of these may risks may be avoided or minimised, saving a great deal of time, money and pain!

    SO WHO ARE HESCA CONSULTING SERVICES?

    HESCA Limited has operated the Higher Education Smart Card Association since 2002.  This is a membership-based, educative forum for HEIs, FEIs and other sector stakeholders, that addresses all technical and operational aspects relating to the introduction, deployment and use of smart campus cards.  The group also considers new/disruptive technologies and form factors, currently majoring on smartphones and biometrics.  There are currently nearly 30 HEI and FEI members of HESCA, and the majority of suppliers to HE/FE smart campus schemes.

    We established this consulting service for three reasons:

      1. Many HEIs and FEIs introduce a scheme and appreciate the benefits it can bring but fear the apparent complexity of introducing smart campus cards, or of supporting multiple functions with a single card. Our collective experience has helped many institutions to overcome these fears and successfully launch and run smart schemes.

     

      1. Demand for completely independent, specialist advice and guidance continues to grow. Selection of appropriate suppliers, and contractual arrangements are complex and high-risk decisions.  We can help you navigate these processes successfully.

     

    1. Institutions often lack the internal resources to design, develop and manage the processes required for successful implementation of a smart campus scheme, and can become locked into long-term supplier products and services.  We can provide short-term, specialised cost-effective resources to supplement existing capacity and skill ranges and enable longer term self-sufficiency.

     

    OUR RANGE OF SERVICES

    HESCA Consulting Services offers support with smart campus schemes, from conception to delivery:

    • Orientation workshops to explain how smart campus card schemes work
    • Conduct of early-stage feasibility studies
    • Development of business cases, and business and financial plans and models
    • Provision of road-maps for the later addition of new functions using the smart campus cards
    • Assistance with the introduction of smartphones to replace smart cards, and with the management of parallel operation
    • Provision of specialised consultancy within all of the supported functional areas
    • Assistance with the design and operation of card bureaux, personalisation and issuance systems
    • Conduct of surveys, staff interviews and analysis of existing services and systems
    • Provision of lists of potential suppliers of required products and services
    • Assistance in development of ITTs, handling issuance and responses, and supplier selection
    • Assistance with card naming and general scheme branding strategy and marketing
    • Design of appropriate security and encryption processes
    • Development of value-add functions such as bursary distribution, meal plans, healthy eating programmes and loyalty schemes
    • Provision of project management services
    • Analysis of current network topography and technology required at each point of card service
    • Assistance with development of business and operational rules for card-related processes
    • Downstream assistance with testing, pilot, launch and rollout operations
    • Post-launch reviews and optimisation to ensure maximum benefits realisation

    If you think we can help and would like an initial exploratory meeting to clarify the needs and aspirations for your scheme, free of charge and without obligation, then please email richard@smartex.com or call 01440 712610.

     SMARTEX CONSULTING SERVICES

    Smartex also provides a range of specialised services for local authorities and public transport operators that are considering or planning schemes using smart technology. Operating completely independently of any supplier, Smartex offers unbiased and objective assistance through its network of specialists, covering the following areas of expertise:

    • In-house orientation workshops
    • Feasibility studies
    • Business case development for new ventures
    • Project design and planning
    • Conduct of site surveys
    • Generation of Invitations to Tender
    • Assistance with supplier selection
    • Supplier contract drafting and negotiation
    • Systems integration
    • Card chip selection, and assistance with chip mapping
    • Card and system security architecture design
    • Database topography and design
    • Project management
    • Quality assurance
    • Business process re-engineering
    • Data capture systems
    • Bureau-based card personalisation
    • Data cleansing services
    • Education and training services

    Smartex has unrivalled connections, based on its operation since 1993 of the world’s largest network of professional associations dedicated to smart technology.  Its associates have many years of experience in the practical aspects of introducing complex schemes.  

    For further information, or to arrange a no-obligation meeting to discuss your requirements, please contact Richard Poynder on richard@smartex.com or 01440 712610.

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

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

    EVENT AGENDA

    What they said about this event:

    "It was a great conference...  We made some good contacts and had some very useful chats with the right people".

    "I found the event very informative, it is always good to know what other Universities are using and their journey of how they got where they are"

    "Thanks for all your support over the 2 days.  We've certainly learned a  lot and are looking forward to attending the next event".

    "Many thanks for organizing such a great conference: I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the two days".

    "Many thanks for all your help and support over the 2 days in HESCA.  Really enjoyed my first HESCA and look forward to the next one".

    "Great event and thanks as always for doing a great job at looking after us".

    "Very interesting presentation from Lawrence regarding the usage of cards on university campuses (applications, security, implementation and backward compatibility)".

    "...we shall certainly be there in 2020.  Overall another very good event.  Thanks for all your work/help and support".

    "The overwhelming message this year was the drive to move to all things mobile, everyone without exception agreed that although it’s not an overnight change, the Student ID card would eventually be replaced by something equivalent on mobile". 

    “VMC enjoyed another brilliant HESCA event this year, superbly hosted by Smartex. It was wonderful to catch up with many of our HEI customers and to make some new contacts in the industry. We’re looking forward to the next HESCA event already!”

    "As expected, an excellent event".

    "...really appreciated and such a great event you guys put on!"

     

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