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How to choose a new campus card technology

Most universities enjoy the benefits of a campus card. Yet many are still using the legacy technologies they invested in decades ago, like magnetic stripe or low-frequency proximity cards.


How do you know when it’s time to upgrade? And which credential is best for your university? There are several factors to consider, like security needs, the student experience and existing hardware. Ultimately, you want to choose the credential that’s going to deliver the most value to your university—today and in the future.


Looking for a seamless access experience for students, faculty and staff? Smart cards or mobile credentials might be the solution for your campus. For added convenience, many schools have already adopted NFC mobile credentials. NFC, near-field communication, is one of the mobile technologies available today. It’s ideally suited for higher education campuses because it mimics the experience of a typical student ID—the smartphone is presented within a few inches of the reader for authentication. There’s no need to unlock the phone or use a mobile application. It’s stored in either the Apple Wallet or Google Pay.  


New innovations in campus card technology are designed to provide trusted security while balancing today’s expectations for a convenient, seamless experience. If you think it’s time for your school to start exploring a new credential platform, the prompts below can help get the process started. (Note: To access the helpful links, download the infographic.) If your team wants more information on the credential technologies available, contact an Allegion expert.


Download the infographic (PDF).