Call for Presentations- ECCA 2018 Conference

Devoted to innovative use of smart card and mobile contactless technologies, designed to improve the services offered within universities campuses, ECCA 2018 will accept presentations that offer attendees pioneering practices, real and sustainable solutions and a view on future trends.

Smart cards are essential building blocks for many applications and systems used in payment, content protection, transportation, student services, mobile and identification. 

Besides the commercial and application aspects of smart cards, this year the ECCA conference wants to gather researchers and technologists with strong focus on all aspects of smart card (i.e. cards, tokens, smart phones and embedded chips) development and deployment of solutions, preferably those with strong emphasis on enhancing life within campus.

ECCA 2018 is seeking original solutions and presentations covering all phases of the development and deployment cycle, from exploratory research and proof-of-concept studies to practical and final applications.

The submissions may address one or more of the topics mentioned below or others that authors believe to be of great interest to the audience. These include:

▪       Innovations in smart cards, smart devices security

▪       Smart cards, mobile and NFC enabled payment solutions (EMV, e-Purse, proprietary, etc.)

▪       Access control to buildings, computers, authentication, etc.

▪       Integration of transportation Systems within campus cards

▪       Alternative solutions for campus identification and service provision

▪       Advances in NFC and contactless technology

▪       Advances in embedded Java Card and contactless developments

▪       Strong authentication technologies (HW&SW) for Cloud Computing, Services Security and other Enterprises and personal usages

▪       Privacy and trust management, deployment of digital signature on campus

▪       Security and Privacy in Smart Devices

▪       Biometrics, National ID cards

▪       Contactless/wireless /mobile systems security risks analysis

▪       Mobile commerce

▪       Towards future networked society/services

▪       Campus card life outside the campus

▪       Campus card case studies

Each submission should include a one page abstract detailing the solution, application or research activity to be presented and a summary/schema of the presentation. Final presentation version will be at most 15 slides for a 25 minute duration. Only PDF files will be accepted. Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits.

Important dates:

▪       Submission deadline: February 16th, 2018

▪       Acceptance or rejection notification: March 2nd, 2018

▪       Complete abstract version: April 6th, 2018

▪       Complete presentation for the proceedings: May 4th, 2018

ColorID - Charting your campus' Identity Roadmap Plotting a course for future card office decision-making

Why do colleges and universities need a campus Identity Roadmap? Because every campus needs a clear plan when it comes to its identity environment, and how it delivers the many services therein. Simply put, the most successful and dynamic institutions don’t just focus on the day-to-day; they also plan for the future.

Planning for the future of your campus identity environment is vital to staying in line with industry trends, and avoiding the pitfalls of leaning on outdated hardware or technology. Having a vision for a your campus’ identity future isn’t a straightforward proposition, though, so being able to leverage the experience of industry professionals can be invaluable to plotting a program’s future.

That’s where ColorID and its Identity Roadmap come in.

 “The ability to unify existing campus services and successfully fold in emerging, advanced campus identity technologies like mobile, biometrics, contactless credentials and cloud solutions will be key to enhancing the student experience, as well as their engagement on campus,” says Danny Smith, executive vice president, ColorID. “Incorporating these new identity solutions is also being seen as a differentiator by institutions that recognize the technical expectations of the ‘Gen Z’ student. Adopting emerging technology is a reflection on the institution’s brand; forward-thinking institutions will attract like-minded students.”

Universities are complex ecosystems comprised of both independent and unified systems that provide everyday campus services. “These systems use many types of identifiers, along with a variety of backend systems that manage them, and it’s important that these technologies and business practices align to provide the most efficient delivery of services,” Smith says.

ColorID - How an Identity Roadmap can avoid outdated, misfit technology

ColorID identifies common campus identity pitfalls

Solidifying your campus Identity Roadmap is an important first step toward deploying the modern technology that students have come to expect from their universities. Planning for the future today is vital but knowing where to begin, and more importantly what to include in the Roadmap, can be difficult.

An Identity Roadmap helps both the institution’s and vendor partners’ boots on the ground to better and more efficiently get to the root of a problem. If a campus has a Roadmap in place, everyone can benefit from having clear marching orders when it comes to migrating technologies and making refinements to a campus environment.

“Establishing an ID Roadmap helps everyone understand exactly where the institution is going, what its technology standards are on campus, and what they can do going forward,” says Todd Brooks, Director of Product Management at ColorID.

In addition to his responsibilities at the company’s North Carolina headquarters, Brooks spends considerable time in the field, on campuses across the country as part of ColorID’s Summit Conferences and stakeholder meetings. It is from this ground-level experience that Brooks has been able to identify some of the most common pitfalls that campuses face when there’s not a strategic, guiding document in place.

“On campuses that don’t have a Roadmap in place, we often see decisions happen without proper consultation across the stakeholder groups,” Brooks says. “Things like installing a brand new access control system, but hanging Prox readers. In that case, they’re installing tech from 30 years ago that’s no longer secure – it’s puzzling.”

What Brooks and the rest of the ColorID team routinely preach to universities is that a knee-jerk decision today could have far reaching ramifications. “Once you install some of this hardware on campus, it can last for upwards of ten years, and those decisions can be hard to go back on,” he says.

Bravida announces new Card Reader

Discover our new unique card reader BCR-SD G2

Bravida is proud to announce that our own developed security platform Integra since November 2017 includes a new unique card reader, BCR-SD G2. 

BCR-SD G2 is a display reader that can describe status, alarm, competence etcetera. The technique is developed in order to clarify for the user and simplify for the installer. In other words, BCD-SD G2 can receive information and then visualize it on the display for a clearer and more improved result.

BCR-SD G2 is only 18 mm thick and the full color display makes it possible to show information as animated symbols. The reader is also equipped with concave resilent buttons which are placed in a matrix. This solution makes the keypad extra visible and will make it easier for the users for example when an alarm is switched on or off.

This reader is made out of reusable plastics, the power consumption is optimized and all the material follows the RoHS regulations within EU, which, for instance, means that the products are completely free from lead, nickel and chromium.

During 2018 BCR-SD G2 will support OSDP (Open Supervised Device Protocol). This means that BCR-SD G2 can be used with other systems than Bravida’s own developed security platform Integra.

For further information contact Bravida on


ECCA has commenced a consultation process on the development of a framework to establish a proposal for a European student electronic identification (eID) credential. The main aim of this process is to obtain the views and opinions of potential stakeholders with regard to the requirements and potential benefits of a common European Student eID. It will also review and report on policies, strategies, surveys and outcomes of projects that focused on campus card and student identification.  The consultation outcome will provide an insight into the stakeholders’ vision with regard to their future needs and requirements of an eID credential, together with highlighting the challenges that may be encountered on route to its successful implementation.

The introduction of Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trusted Services (eIDAS) regulation N°910/2014 for electronic transactions within the EU was adopted in July 2014, and became effective on July 1, 2016. It ensures that people and businesses across all of the EU member states can use their own national electronic identification schemes (eIDs) to access public services in other EU countries where eIDs are available. The mandatory mutual recognition of national eIDs will apply from mid-2018.

Secure identification and authentication is now an essential element in the free-movement and mobility of students throughout Europe. The absence of a European student electronic identification (eID) credential is having a significant impact on the development of a strategy that promotes student mobility and access to student services across borders. The introduction of a student eID Credential (eIDAS compliant) will provide the required interoperability, security and authentication standards to overcome many of these obstacles, which are precluding students from using a campus card from their home Education Institution to provide secure cross-border identification and access to services in other member states.

The main objectives of the consultation process are:

(i)          Seek out and facilitate the involvement of all the potential stakeholders to obtain their views and opinions on the needs and requirements of a European Student eID Credential Vision.

(ii)         Agree on a proposal for the development of a European Student eID Credential Framework that provides secure and authenticated transfer of data and trusted identification of students across borders of the European member states; facilitating access to both academic and non-academic services regardless of the physical location of the education institution.

(iii)        Assist in the research of an innovation solution that supports student mobility and achieves mutual trust and recognition by Education Institutions; enhancing the development of data sharing, linking of various cultures and the transfer of knowledge and technology between institutions.

(iv)        Support service providers and particularly SME’s (Small Medium Enterprises) to benefit from the full potential of the EU market, by operating on a cross-border basis without facing obstacles in interactions with the education authorities.

(v)         Combine physical access use and electronic use of credential

Therefore, as a first step in this consultation process we need to gather information from all the potential stakeholders (Educational, Service Providers, Students, ECCA), to obtain their views and opinions on their future needs and requirements for a European Student eID Credential. In particular, it will be important to assess the requirements with regard to data integrity, protection, confidentiality, interoperability and services (both academic and non-academic) requirements. In addition, country specific issues and barriers including legal, technological and the economic viability of any potential solution, should be evaluated and quantified. This process, which will involve surveys, workshops and discussions groups, will aim to identify and agree on a proposal for the development of a European Student eID Credential Framework.

ECCA Research Team would appreciate all submissions and contributions on this consultation process from our membership and relevant stakeholders.

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