Salto Systems - University of Greifswald with electronic access solution

Versatility is the trump card
Those responsible at the University of Greifswald are tired of the effort and uncertainty associated with mechanical locking systems and are gradually switching to an electronic access solution. The new system must meet the highest demands for data security, flexibility in the allocation of authorisations and versatility in the door components.
The Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald is in the middle of replacing several mechanical locking systems with a uniform electronic access control system. The starting point was a typical situation for mechanical locking systems, explains Christian Tambach: "There was no complete overview of who had which keys and where they lock. What made it even more difficult was that we had to manage various locking systems. Therefore we decided to say goodbye to the mechanics step by step. We want to be able to withdraw locking authorisations without having to return keys."
Loss of keys no longer a problem
With the conversion to an electronic system, the University of Greifswald is pursuing several goals, explains the head of the department of technology and construction at the university: "First and foremost, we wanted key and card losses to be no longer a problem. In addition, we would like to be able to time limit and block access rights and simplify the issuing of keys". And because the university's institutes are spread over several properties, a gradual conversion should be possible.

Are you creating a Five Star Student Experience for Generation Z?

Article by Entrust Datacard
Gen Z (or iGen) consists of those born from 1995 through 2012. This is the first generational group that has never lived without the internet; they are digital natives and can filter out what is not relevant to them. Gen Z students are known as the mobile generation with short attention spans and can multi-task on an average of 5+ screens. They communicate in pictures and are constantly creating their own “brand” through YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram and other social media. These students are a major participant in “influencer marketing” where they not only listen to others across various digital channels but they love to share what they learn and experience. They also have grown up in a ratings world where a five star experience is an expectation versus an aspiration.

How does this translate to a University ID Card Program? Doing things “the way we always have done them” is not going to cut it for Generation Z. Attracting and retaining Gen Z students requires colleges and universities to dramatically redefine their approach to creating positive user experiences for this group on university campuses. 
The student experience encompasses all of the touchpoints that a student has with the university. The issuance of the campus ID card at orientation, one of the first touchpoints, sets the tone for a student’s experience. A new and upgraded approach, starting with the university ID card program, ensures a positive beginning to the student experience for Generation Z.
How many universities market a brand image of “High Tech Research University” to students and end up having a Student ID card that resembles a retail wholesale club card? On the one piece of tangible university branding that students use and interact with on a daily basis, does this best communicate the university’s desired brand image? How about a “tech-forward” university not using the ID card for multiple functions across campus (access control, vending, meal plans, laundry, library, transportation, etc.) while a two-year and less-expensive school down the road is? Does this communicate the right message to students and reinforce the university’s value?


Prox card, proxie card, keycard, hid card, smart card, access badge, corporate 1000 card, 26 bit card – whatever you call it, the 125 kHz radio frequency card is still the most widely used card for electronic access in North America. Unfortunately, few people are aware of recent developments that threaten the security status of these familiar cards.
The word “prox” is an abbreviation of “proximity,” which just means “near.” Proximity cards are a significant upgrade for users of mag stripe or Wiegand access cards, which have to be swiped through a reader. Prox cards only need to be held near a reader to open a door, and they work through a wallet, purse, pants pocket or whatever else they are in at the time. Cardholders have enjoyed the convenience of prox cards for nearly three decades.
Since their operation was so mysterious, prox cards were generally thought to be as secure as they were convenient. For a long time, this was mostly true because the technology needed to clone a card was big and expensive. However, as with all things technical, the price for cracking a prox system has come down tremendously. Today, anyone can buy a device at a large online retailer for under $20 which can read the data from most 125KHz prox cards, store it, then write it to an unprogrammed card with just the press of a button. There are also more powerful devices for under $500 that fit in a backpack and can read the data from a prox card several feet away, even if it is inside a wallet or purse. Both types of devices can be used to create unauthorized cards that the access control system cannot distinguish from officially issued prox cards. 

ColorID Should We Wait for MIFARE DESFire EV2 Cards?

Conclusion(spoiler alert!)
MIFARE DESFire EV2 has a longer read range than MIFARE DESFire EV1, but unless your system provider has updated their software to support EV2, that is the only new feature you will be able to enjoy today.
Since EV1 and EV2 use the same very secure AES-128 encryption, it is safe and reasonable to purchase EV1 cards now, configured to work with your existing system and readers. If, or when, applications that support the new security and multi-application features of EV2 are made available for your institution, the upgrade to EV2 cards can be made at that time. The way things are going, it could be a while. 
Some History
NXP manufactures the family of MIFARE 13.56 MHz contactless smart card Integrated Circuit (IC) chips that are widely used around the world for transit and other types of payments, general identification and physical access. MIFARE Classic was introduced in the mid-1990s and continues to sell in very large quantities, but it was not designed with robust security features which could withstand the increase in computing power that the last 20 years have seen. MIFARE Classic has been very useful and inexpensive, but it was notoriously hacked in 2007. As a more secure successor, the MIFARE DESFire chip was introduced in 2003, but it too was soon considered vulnerable to attack. In response, NXP introduced the much more secure MIFARE Plus, but it didn’t really catch on in North America. The MIFARE DESFire EV1 chip has been NXP’s first widely distributed, really secure chip, incorporating AES data encryption on the card and during communication with a reader. MIFARE Plus EV2 was introduced recently, incorporating a similar security level to DESFire EV1.

The European Campus Card Association (ECCA) appoints Sinead Nealon as their new Executive Director

The European Campus Card Association (ECCA) is pleased to announce that Sinead Nealon has been appointed Executive Director of the Association.

Sinead Nealon
Most recently, Sinead held the position of General Manager of Campus Services at Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland for over 12 years. During this time with Campus Services Sinead was responsible for the management of the student affairs activities, the commercial/trading operations including business planning and budgets, procurement, capital project management, sports facilities, human resource management and card services. Prior to her appointment as General Manager she held the position of Project and Human Resource Manager with Campus Services.

Sinead, who has held the position of Secretary General of ECCA for over 10 years, is very motivated, passionate and extremely diligent about her work and her broad range of skills and experience will help position ECCA in moving the association forward and delivering on its strategic plan “2020 Vision”.

"I am honoured and privileged to be appointed to the position of Executive Director with ECCA. I am excited by the challenge of leading this association into the future and continuing to work with the Board in delivering on their aims and objectives. I look forward to working with and assisting our educational and corporate members to ensure ECCA provides value to them. The evolution of technology

and the challenge of continuous change, makes ECCA, as an independent organisation, a necessity for promoting best practice in campus eID solutions. I look forward to meeting and communicating with existing and new members " said Sinead.

Ricardo Faria, the ECCA President, from the University of Porto, in welcoming Sinead stated that “On behalf of the Board of ECCA, it gives me great pleasure to announce Sinead as the new Executive Director. We are very fortunate to recruit someone of Sinead’s calibre with the broad management experience she has in the delivery of student services and commercial operations in the higher education sector. Sinead has served on our Board as ECCA Secretary General for a number of years, giving her first-hand knowledge of the association and a clear insight into the association’s future strategy. Sinead’s appointment will no doubt be a tremendous asset to the future of ECCA”

Dawn Thomas, Executive Director of NACCU (National Association of Campus Card Users) in the USA stated “I am very happy and honored to welcome Sinead Nealon as Executive Director of our European sister-association, ECCA. Sinead has an expert background, having served in a senior position in Campus Services at WIT, including 18 years of experience with campus card systems. Sinead has regularly attended NACCU since 2001, where our attendees have appreciated learning from her professional presentations and her high-level technical understanding of educational issues. Sinead’s knowledge and passion are evident. She has great understanding and appreciation for what it means to manage a card program on a university campus, and will serve ECCA’s members well in the future”.

About ECCA

ECCA was established in 2002, and has become the leading authoritative organisation that supports the development of European Campus ID credentials. The mission of the association is to assist educational institutions in the Member States of the European Union and other European countries to implement secure ID Credentials. In addition the association acts as a forum for interaction, networking and the development of partnerships between educational institutions and the campus card industry. Learn more at

As the only association serving the national and international campus card transaction industry, NACCU offers members infinite advantages in networking, developing partnerships, leveraging technology, problem solving, insight sharing and professional development. NACCU membership is open to all colleges, universities, secondary institutions and companies that are involved with the campus card market. The association offers a newsletter (CARDtalk), listserv, website, an annual conference and regional workshops on topics related to campus cards. Learn more at  


About Us

The mission of the association is to assist the institutions of higher education in the Member States of the European Union and other European Countries to implement and operate campus card programmes by facilitating information exchange, by developing European standards where appropriate and by acting as a forum for interaction between the institutions and other agencies with an interest in campus card applications in Higher Education.


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