Using student smart cards in an educational establishment, such as a university or college, can be a very efficient system and allow the university or college to run as smoothly possible; but there is a lot to consider before you invest and implement a smart card system throughout a student campus.
If you’re looking to invest in a new smart card system here are a few of the areas for consideration.
Smart card applications
A smart card can perform many different functions depending on what you are trying to achieve. Cards such as the Java card can hold several applications on one card, to allow you to create a multifunctional system across the board. For a university or college, you might find that you could benefit from a number of applications to reach the desired outcome.
ID cards are a necessity in order to maintain a high level of safety for both students and staff. Smart cards can be printed in order to provide each student with identification by form of photograph.
Smart cards can be used to grant different kinds of access, which could be incredibly useful on a campus. Physical access allows students to access particular buildings and restrict access to others, such as staff areas. Not only is this good for safety and security of where students are, but also means that students have access to the facilities that they need to complete their course.
Logical access refers to the concept of providing identity credentials in order to log on to computers or laptops owned by a university or college using a smart card. This means that students are only allowed to access approved applications or resources including their own work, ensuring that coursework or revision is protected.
Similarly, smart cards could be used for a print management solution. Saving resources and money, print management can register who prints what and can also enable students to pay for their own printing via the card itself. Funds can be pre-loaded on the card to be used for printing purposes.
Higher education establishments can also implement smart cards in order to document time and attendance. With lectures and seminars often containing a large number of students, a register is impractical but a smart card application can make it much easier to control and report attendances.
Why would you need a smart card system?
Why should you take the time to look into such a system?
Smart cards can do so much more than just grant access to facilities. Having a smart card system can aid with future planning for the scale and layout of the campus itself; thanks to data gathered by use of the cards, you are able to think about the university or college from a health and safety point of view.
Smart cards can ensure you are able to provide a high level of service for your students including any changes that might need to be made in terms of room capacity, all thanks to data-driven smart cards.
A huge feature of implementing smart cards is the support that comes with it from credible and experienced suppliers. This can make the decision a very important one, as added support can mean future upgrades to your system can be carried out seamlessly.
Likewise, if you need assistance or maintenance with your smart card system, you have a support team to refer to. This can be incredibly convenient if you are looking to keep everything connected and running smoothly.
With so many options to choose from when it comes to tailoring a smart card system, it’s something that should be carefully considered!
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