One thing a college student always carries is his or her cell phone, so this might be more convenient for students than a magnetic stripe card or proximity card. And contactless technology facilities multiple applications such as access control, payment systems, vending machines, and mass transit that you just can’t do with a magnetic stripe card.
What You Need to Consider When Making the Switch
The first thing you need to do is gather all of the stakeholders together to determine your requirements for a contactless system. For instance, thanks to the functionality of contactless technology, campus security, housing, student accounts, dining halls, libraries, and even campus gyms can all be tied to one card system. Each one of these departments will have its own requirements, so it’s important to get each stakeholder in the same room to discuss needs.
Once everyone is in agreement with the requirements of your new contactless card system, you can determine the technology that best fits those needs. At this point in your process, it would be advantageous to bring in an expert with extensive knowledge of all systems available and who is not connected to any one manufacturer. The expert can help you determine:
Get Students Involved
Finally, to get buy-in from your student population, make sure to get students involved before the switch. You could pass out a few beta-tested sample cards for students to try and hold Q&A sessions to help generate buzz. Make sure that students are comfortable with the migration from using a magnetic stripe card to using contactless technology.
One alternative to ensure that students are on board is to consider migrating your departments on a schedule. You could plan to implement contactless payment at dining halls and vending machines first, while still maintaining magnetic stripe cards in other locations on campus. Then you simply transition in each new step in your plan so that students have the opportunity to get used to the changes gradually. Finally, with the right system, you can transition from the contactless card to a mobile phone access in the next few years.
The IDSecurityOnline Difference
Our experts have in-depth knowledge and experience with all of the ID card printing solutions on the market, yet we are not tied to any one vendor’s solution. We can help guide you to the right system that will meet your current needs and also help you grow in the future. Choosing the right platform allows you to utilize technologies in the future to keep your ID system both current and safe.
Call one of our experts to discuss your particular needs or to schedule a meeting with all of your stakeholders.