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ColorID and Harvard Campus Services - ID Card Services recently co-hosted the New England Campus Identification & Security Seminar at the Spangler Center at Harvard Business School. This one-day event brought together card managers, facility operators, auxiliary services and IT personnel from over eight colleges and universities in the New England region. The seminar was an informative, interactive discussion about best practices and new card technologies.
Danny Smith, Executive Vice President of ColorID stated, "The primary goal of the seminar was to provide attendees with the latest insights into emerging campus trends and technologies. Secondary to that, we wanted to offer a forum that would provide networking opportunities to promote dialogue and exchanging of idea's and information among New England's universities and colleges. We are very pleased we were able to accomplish both of our objectives."
Cheryl Ruane, Production Manager for Harvard's ID Card Services, helped coordinate the event. "We don't often get to pause and take time to share best practices. The session provided a great opportunity to talk with peers at other institutions and share our successes and challenges," Ruane said.
The seminar covered five key card service topics, with each session followed by a question & answer period. Topics included:
Contactless Cards & Readers: Basic construction of technology cards, defining a technology card, how contactless cards work, physical access in higher education.
Cashless Campus: Transaction Management Overview: New payment and card identification technologies, personal mobile options, tablet and mobile computing and embedding transaction management in multifunctional printers.
Card Issuance: Innovations & Trends: What system is right for your needs, printing 101, cardstock varieties and migrating from old to new technologies.
Biometrics on Campus: Defining biometrics, history of biometric security, fingerprint and iris identification and emerging biometric technologies.
Future Trends: A summary presentation pulled together all the previous presentations and gave a view to future trends in campus card technology and identified some emerging technologies of tomorrow.
At the end of the seminar ColorID provided hands-on demonstrations of contactless cards and readers, cashless campus systems, identification systems and biometric solutions. "The seminar was a real learning experience for us, too," said ColorID's Smith. "We'd love to bring it to other campuses."
Interested Universities can coordinate regional sessions on their campuses by contacting Danny Smith at 704-987-2331 or Danny.Smith@ColorID.com.
About Harvard Campus Services - ID Card Services
Harvard Campus Services is provides a wide-range of services and programs to the Harvard community. ID Card Services manages the security, production, and distribution of IDs to Harvard's students, staff, faculty, alumni and retirees.