UCFV is currently in the first phase of implementing a comprehensive Campus Card solution for the institution. This first phase is simply the introduction of a Photo-ID for both students and employees with a couple of added features:
- there is an embedded a magstripe on the back of the employee card for the use of about forty copiers spread throughout the campuses.
- there is a bar code (Banner student ID) on the front of the card which initially will be used for access to our Library services (SIRSI) for both employees and students.
For printing and copying, students must currently purchase two separate cards (each with different magstripe technology) for readers that are attached to the printers and copiers. Our next phase (by 2003) September is to extend the use of the Campus Card to students for both copiers and printers. In the next couple of months we must decide what technology to use in the card, either magstripe or smart chip. If we decide on magstripe, we will be able to use some of the existing readers; if we decide on smart chip, then all the existing readers will need to be replaced.
A "third phase" for this project will be to move to a "on-line" system but that may be several years away. Some of the other uses for the Campus Card in the longer term may be:
- access to student residences
- food purchases in the cafeteria
- pay parking
Has anyone made the decision on magstripe vs smart chip technology for a Campus Card, and if so, what were your reasons for going one way or the other?
Director, Information Technology Services
University College of the Fraser Valley
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