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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 15th November 2019

    Investors eye up York student's mobile payment app
    Yorkpress
    An entrepreneurial teenager is in talks with retailers and investors after launching a mobile payment app. Yoyo Chang is a second year Management School student at the University of York whose app is set to be trialled across Nisa stores located on campus. The 19-year old has helped develop KodyPay which is a mobile payment application that allows users to pay for goods via their mobile phone, making it a quick and easy process.

    French privacy regulator finds facial recognition gates in schools illegal
    BiometricUpdate
    The intention to use facial recognition integrated in biometric gates at two high schools in France was heavily criticized and opposed by digital rights groups, parents and teachers’ unions, writes Politico, which led to the country’s data protection watchdog CNIL ruling that the initiative is illegal and breaches privacy laws.
    (When will they realise that Privacy is a dead concept? Ed.)

    This mobile device is changing the way schools are fundraising
    Technical.ly DC
    ... donations by swiping a credit card, inserting an EMV chip card or using a mobile wallet such as Apple Pay at fundraisers and alumni events.

    Cambridge university AI speech start-up in fundraising
    The Sunday Telegraph
    A Cambridge start-up developing speech recognition technology for blue-chip firms has raised more than £7m to expand globally and challenge Amazon and Google’s voice assistants.

    Sectigo partners with SPYRUS to help universities and enterprises protect against ransomware ...
    Help Net Security
    Device identity, authentication, and access management are critical to ransomware prevention. The SPYRUS Rosetta Hardware “Root of Trust” ...

    University of Bristol joins international network to drive civic innovation
    University of Bristol
    The University and the City of Bristol have a strong track record in collaborating on civic smart technology projects, including world-first initiatives in ...

    Schools ordered to discontinue fingerprint scanning
    Jamaica Gleaner
    School administrators have been directed by the Ministry of Education to discontinue the practice of scanning fingerprints to record attendance until ...
    (More madness from ignorant civil servants: Ed.)

    Top three things to consider when selecting campus credentials
    CR80News
    From mechanical keys to mobile devices, managing access is an essential piece of campus security. With more campuses exploring mobile credentials, buzz continues to build across the campus card industry. In response, schools are reevaluating their credential platforms alongside locks and other hardware to provide a more secure and convenient campus experience.

    Duo authentication secures angry student backlash
    The Bucknellian
    Many joined in, carrying their signs, phones and computers to display their hate for the newer, safer and more tedious authentication tool, while some ...

    Video: WaveLynx touts open, interoperable campus card system
    CR80News
    Wavelynx’s Jacob Jablonski talks about the LEAF protocol and how universities can use the open architecture approach to forge a vendor agnostic campus card system. A newcomer to the campus card space, Wavelynx Technologies is championing a different approach to structuring a university card transaction system by promoting an open infrastructure with the freedom to mix and match solutions.

    Facial recognition in school given Sweden’s first GDPR fine
    Planet Biometrics
    The Swedish DPA has fined a municipality 200 000 SEK (approximately 20 000 euros) for using facial recognition technology to monitor the attendance of students in school.
    (More daft court action: Ed.)

    Swedish school board fined for using facial recognition to take class register
    Telecompaper
    The Swedish Data Inspection Authority said it has imposed its first penalty for breach of GDPR, to a school in Skelleftea that had been trialling facial recognition to register pupil attendance. The authority scrutinised the three-week pilot 22 pupils and found that the school board's handling of personal information did not comply with GDPR. The fine amounts to SEK 200,000.
    (What madness is this? Ed.)

  •  

    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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