HESCA News

Updated on 13th March 2020

HESCA20 POSTPONED until June 2020.

'Contactless education' spurs on online learning amid outbreak
PRNewswire (press release)
Due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), China postponed the start of the spring semester for all schools. As such, classes have continued ...
(Online, or ‘distance’ learning is where it’s at, but may have unintended consequences. Live in China, but ‘go’ to uni in Cambridge? Ed.)

University of Glasgow Seek Technology Partner For £1bn Smart Expansion
Built Environment Networking (press release) (blog)
The University of Glasgow is looking to incorporate smart technology into their massive £1bn estate expansion plans. Michael Burns, Development ...

Polish school hit with GDPR fine for using fingerprints to verify students' lunch payments
VentureBeat
A school in Poland has been fined €4,600 ($5,200) for breaching Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) after it was found to be processing students’ fingerprint data to verify whether they had paid for school lunch. The news comes as biometric data harnessing programs around the world spark significant privacy concerns.

Aperio retrofit-ready access control solution chosen to secure Luminy University’s suburban campus
Sourcesecurity.com
Around 7,000 people pass through the Luminy faculty’s suburban campus every day. As part of a major project to modernise two buildings, university managers sought a retrofit-ready access control solution to upgrade security. University administrators selected Aperio locks to secure doors in the new buildings. With Aperio, facilities staff deal with lost keys more efficiently. The laborious process of changing locks and reissuing keys, part of the daily workload with mechanical locking, vanishes.

University of Newcastle helps tackle farm IoT security
IoT Hub
University of Newcastle helps tackle farm IoT security ... on a research project into the secure management of Internet of Things (IoT) devices within the ...

Santa Clara University gains support for Apple Watch and iPhone contactless ID cards
iMore (press release) (blog)
Students and faculty members at Santa Clara University can now use their Apple Watch and iPhone in lieu of their physical ACCESS ID card, it has ...
(More details for using iPhone NFC on campus – at last! Ed.)

 Contactless Student IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch Now Available for Santa Clara University ...
Mac Rumors
Once a student ID card has been added into the Wallet app, students can use an ‌iPhone‌ or ‌Apple Watch‌ in lieu of a physical card by holding their ...
(16 Unis now doing it in the States. Ed.)

Easy Student chooses SMARTair wireless access control for new student residence, France
Sourcesecurity.com
…Following a positive experience with the same technology in Nantes, Easy Student chose SMARTair Update on Card wireless access control. Wireless Electronic Escutcheons with inbuilt RFID readers control access through 83 doors at Easy Student Rennes. SMARTair Wall Readers secure non-standard entrances.

Escaping the package avalanche with campus self-service pickup.
Inside Higher Ed
The answer is simple: By embracing smart technology. Don't just keep up. Get ahead. Keep students and administrators happy while reducing stress ...

Jisc wants digital assessments to replace pen and paper exams
Government Computing Network
Furthermore, the organisation wants a general adoption of authoring detection and biometric authentication for identification purpose and for remote ...

EdSights chatbot aims to improve student retention, wellness [USA]
CR80News
A new SMS-based chatbot is attempting to use natural language processing and machine learning to proactively engage at-risk students and connect them with on-campus resources. The company behind the solution, EdSights, is an education technology firm focused on improving student retention and wellness in higher education.

University of Leuven develops smart technology against scamming
The Brussels Times
Cybercriminals angling to use Internet addresses ending in .eu for phishing or scamming purposes will now have to contend with new technology ...

Mobile student ID coming soon to Android devices
The Cluster
Eight months after the launch of a mobile Bear Card for Apple devices, Associate Vice President for Auxiliary Services Ken Boyer said the digital credential will become available for Android devices in the second quarter of 2020 . “The Google version of the mobile credential in Google Wallet has been in beta testing at Mercer since early fall,” Boyer said. “We are using the results of this test to fine-tune and advance the platform for general release later this year.”

Warning that exam cheats could use 'smart' sunglasses
TES News
Pupils could use sunglasses and watches with smart technology in order to cheat in their exams, a leading expert on malpractice has warned. Sir John ...

Biometric attendance must in PU colleges [India]
Deccan Herald
All government and aided pre-university colleges must implement biometric devices for recording the attendance of the employees and workers, the ...

Assa Abloy’s mortise lock indicators add visible layer of safety
CR80News
Door locks are a common point of discussion when considering campus security and the personal safety of students and staff. Whether for basic, everyday security, or for more serious scenarios like campus lockdowns, the hardware on the door is vital.

President University Students Proposed Real-Time Monitoring IoT to Save Company's Electricity ...
QS WOW News (press release)
In this competition, they submitted an essay that proposed the use of the internet of things (IoT) in the production process at Astra Motor.

School buses to get 'smart' makeovers to allow e-payment, GPS tracking and attendance taking
The Straits Times
SINGAPORE - Smart technology is being introduced gradually in buses ferrying schoolchildren from 2020, a move that will allow parents to make ...

Using AI and biometrics to enhance exam proctoring
Biometric Update
Underpinned by ML-driven biometrics, face recognition can serve multiple purposes — from registering students to the exam and confirming their ...

It’s revision time: (Ed.)