Debunking the Top 5 Myths about Smart Card Migration for Colleges and Universities

Adopting smart card access control is easier than you think. This executive brief aims to take a good hard look at some of common concerns and debunk the top five myths surrounding multi-function smart card migration and implementation.

Moving away from traditional magstripe and prox card technologies doesn’t have to be an all or nothing approach.

Many of today’s colleges and universities are beginning to realize that moving away from traditional magnetic stripe (magstripe) and low-frequency proximity (prox) card technologies in favor of high-frequency, contactless “one-card” technology will provide their students, faculty and staff with a more secure and convenient on-campus experience.

These forward-thinking institutions understand the benefits of utilizing multi-function Smart Cards for accessing a myriad of services and applications campus-wide – from physical facility and logical network access – to cashless payment and tracking time and attendance.

While many universities and colleges are transitioning to the one-card, multi-function technology that Smart Cards offer, others feel that the logistics and associated costs are deterrents.

Instead, it’s possible to

  • Maintain parallel systems with multi-technology readers
  • Phase out old cards over time
  • Load Smart Cards with 4 different existing access control technologies
  • Save by spreading the cost among departments
  • Weigh costs against a data breach or a threat to personal safety

Additionally, Smart Cards have the advantage of being able to be used for cashless payments, to track attendance and to offer different levels of entry at various sites.

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