Smart Card Migration for Colleges and Universities

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

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.

However, although many of these institutions have embraced the idea of multi-function Smart Cards, many still have concerns about the logistics and costs associated with the execution of such a transition. It is precisely these concerns that have kept many universities from implementing Smart Cards even though they realize it is an eventual necessity.

The reality is that many of these concerns, although seemingly valid, are in fact, myths. Such transitions need not be as daunting as perceived at first glance. This Executive Brief aims to take a good hard look at some of these concerns and debunk the top five myths surrounding multi-function Smart Card migration and implementation.

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