Eunis Award 2012The European Education Connectivity Solution (EECS) Project Wins Major European Award The European Education Connectivity Solution (EECS) Project has been announced the winner of the European University Information Systems Organization - EUNIS Elite Award.
The EUNIS elite award recognizes and promotes best practice in the development of information systems in higher education in Europe. It also recognizes excellence in research and development of IT systems. The Card Technology Research Centre part of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Campus Services was announced winners of the prestigious award for this project, the European Education Connectivity solution. They accepted the award on behalf of the consortium members which included; three SME’s, OneCard Solutions, Ireland (Project Leader); Mecenat, Sweden and OPTeam, Poland and the RTD’s, Technical University of Lodz, Poland; University of Zagreb, Croatia; and the Card Technology Research Centre at Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. The project brings a campus card system standard and mobility to Higher Education Institutes in Europe for the first time. The project was heralded a major achievement in campus card technology by developing a prototype for a secure and standardized campus card system. Commenting on the technology and the award win Sinead Nealon, WIT Campus Services, said, “We are delighted with the European Award win for the research and development of this project, the award is a prestigious honor and the competition from across Europe would have been of a very high standard; I would like to commend the consortium team on the delivery of this project, who have worked tirelessly to make this the fantastic success it is. The technology itself is unique and on a day-to-day basis the card assists academic mobility through the electronic transmission of student data between the Institutes by providing a standardized interface between the campus card system and also provides access to other services such as the library, access control, time and attendance.” Supported by European Commission funding (FP7/SME), the EECS Project was undertaken in the period June 2009 to May 2011 by a consortium of six organisations located in four EU countries. The system is currently been installed in WIT in Ireland. It will also be installed in 5 other European Higher Institutions later this year as part of the live trial process. EUNIS is the European University Information Systems Organization; EUNIS brings together those who are responsible for the management, development and the policy for Information Technology in Higher Education in Europe. The objective of EUNIS is to contribute to the development of high quality information systems. Its membership includes Higher Education Institutions from over 30 European countries.