Many college campuses are now using custom ID cards to allow their students, professors, and employees to have increased control over their finances, building access, and campus security. Solutions like TotalCard provided by the company BadgePass are giving institutions the ability to manage financial transactions, track events and grant privileges to students and faculty via their student ID card.
These custom ID badges are revolutionizing the way college students navigate the ever-complicated campus life, allowing them to safely make debit card purchases, access specific buildings and facilities, and even track classroom attendance. Additionally, campus employees will benefit from having these custom ID cards because they’ll be able to use them in a myriad of ways, replacing the need for multiple keys to access facilities as they navigate campus life.
Mississippi State University was the first to adopt and implement this card access system and has been at the forefront of advances therein. Other campuses, such as University of Santa Barbara, have included transportation features on their ID cards as well.
On an average day a college student might visit 10 different buildings, make multiple meal and retail purchases, and need his or her ID card for access to an on campus event. Having a singular custom ID card that provides both building access and personal purchasing power, along with the traditional student ID card features, gives students flexibility and their parents’ peace of mind knowing their students’ security needs are being met.
These security access control systems will allow colleges to provide better student tracking as well, monitoring areas such as dormitories, recreation centers, and even providing attendance accounting for professors and students alike. Having door access control systems is particularly important in the dorms where students are at risk of burglary or other crimes often committed by unwanted and untracked visitors. Gone are the days of students “propping the door open” to allow interlopers into campus residences for unsupervised horseplay. Having a versatile custom ID card is especially critical for on campus residents in order to keep them safe.
Capture Technologies provides card access systems that are both wireless and PC-based to allow campuses to customize their ID card system to fit their specific needs. In addition to providing access and security, these custom ID card solutions have the capability to create reports so system administrators can see exactly who went where at what time.