Sussex consolidates campus security into one RFID solution

The University of Sussex has consolidated all of its disparate campus security systems into one RFID solution controlling door access across its entire campus.

Increased security awareness, ageing infrastructure and pressure to cut operating costs are just some of the many reasons why educational facilities choose to find new ways to enhance campus security. Add to this the fact that when it comes to crime, University students are consistently one of the most regularly targeted at-risk groups for theft, and this makes it a priority that campus security is up to the job when it comes to providing protection for both them and members of staff.

In Sussex’s case the main driver behind the upgrade is the fact that the campus had a number of legacy systems consisting of mechanical keys, an outdated magstripe system, tags and a hard wired system with an expensive licence per door operation that was making security on campus both inefficient and uneconomic.


SALTO Systems has launched XS4 One, a robust new locking solution for securing internal doors. The new XS4 One is a stylish, battery-operated electronic escutcheon that is totally wire-free and networked through the SALTO Virtual Network and SALTO Wireless network. It provides a reliable solution for electronic access control in a wide variety of applications.

Simple installation is possible on any type of door, including those with narrow frames. Its body and escutcheon are made of steel and it is available with mechanical cylinder cut outs for key override or access lock outs (override European and Cam profile cylinder) with audit trail facility available.


The new EU Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC) - a concern for campus card administrators

At the ECCA 2017 conference workshop, there was a wide range of discussions on the possible effects of the new European Data Protection legislation in relation to the use and storage of data in the production, personalization and use of campus cards. This new Data Protection Directive, which will apply from 25th May 2018, will require institutions within the EU to comply, protect and safe guard all Personal Identifiable Information (PII).

The objective of this new Data Protection Directive is to set rules that will give EU citizens back control over of their personal data, and to simplify the regulatory environment for business. The data protection reform will become a key enabler of the Digital Single Market which the Commission has prioritised. This reform will allow EU citizens and businesses to fully benefit from the digital economy.

Everyone has the right to the protection of personal data, and this personal data can only be gathered legally under strict conditions, for a legitimate purpose. Furthermore, persons or institutions which collect and manage personal information must protect it from misuse and must respect certain rights of the data owners which are guaranteed by EU law.

A discussion paper on the effects of the new Data Protection Directive and how it may effect the operation of campus cards systems will be produced later this year by ECCA. The view and suggestions from both our educational and corporate members would be of great assistance in the production of this paper.

European Campus Card Association Conference 2017

The European Campus Card Association Conference was held in Birmingham, UK, from May 21st to 23rd last. This conference, which was attended by over 60 delegates from 12 countries, was an outstanding success. Presentations and workshops were presented by expert speakers from across the world, in particular Europe and the US, covering a wide range of issues relating to campus cards and more. The conclusions and incidences of the conference can be found on our website. 

The success of the conference, which was clearly visible to all who attended, certainly proved a motivating factor for the use of campus cards and their role in the delivery of efficient and quality services for colleges and universities. It really demonstrated to all what a campus card system is capable of providing and delivering now and in the future. It was also obvious to all that there are challenges ahead, however as an association we can help and support each other to overcome obstacles. Providing networking opportunities is one of the main aims of ECCA. 

The conference exhibition area also attracted a number of leading card companies and technology developers, providing an insight into the current and future technology hardware and software systems. 

The European Campus Card Association continues to become a stronger association each year and this was particularly evident at this year’s conference. Next year’s conference will be hosted by the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands.

For further information on the European Campus Card Association or the annual conference you can visit the ECCA website at or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


ECCA 2018 Conference:Wageningen University and Research (WUR), Netherlands

Wageningen University and Research is a Dutch public university in WageningenNetherlands. There are 6,500 staff and 10,000 students from over one hundred countries.

It’s mission is “ To explore the potential of nature to Improve the Quality of Life” 

Wageningen UR trains specialists (BSc, MSc and PhD) in life and social sciences and focuses its research on scientific, social and commercial problems in the field of life sciences and natural resources. In the field of life sciences, agricultural, and environmentalscience, the university is considered world-class. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings it is the best university in the Netherlands and No. 1 worldwide, in agriculture and forestry for 2016 on the QS World University Rankings charts.

The strength of Wageningen University and Research lies in the combination of specialized research institutes and the university  in cooperation from various natural, technological and social disciplines. This enables scientific breakthroughs quickly be put into practice and education, which is the Wageningen Approach.

Wageningen Town

Wageningen is a municipality and a historic town in central Netherlands, in the province of Gelderland along the Rhine river. It is famous for the Wageningen University & Research, which specialises in life sciences. The municipality has a population of 37,434 in 2017, of which many thousands are students from over 150 countries.

Wageningen was the site of the formal surrender of the Germans to the Allies in the Netherlands on May 5th, 1945, a day that is a public holiday in the Netherlands. Wageningen hosts a military veterans parade and this is followed by a great party in the town.

Wageningen lies close to the right bank of the branch of the Rhine estuary known in the Netherlands as the Nederrijn. Excavations date a settlement at this site back to the Stone Age. The hills to the east of the town provided protection for a Bronze Age tribe from flooding of the Rhine and from enemies and the earliest record of the name (in 838AD) is from the same hilly area. The town has had a chequered history, being occupied or destroyed on several occasions. Also, in 1421 the Rhine changed course, moving further south and, in the process, having a detrimental effect on Wageningen's trade. In the 17th Century the town started tobacco cultivation and there were several cigar manufacturers. The floodplain of the Rhine to the south also had several brick factories, one of which can still be seen.

In 1876 the Dutch government decided to build the first agricultural school in Wageningen on the grounds that it was in the heart of the country and was surrounded by a wide variety of soils. Since then the town has boomed and Wageningen University is now a world-renowned Life Sciences university. Wageningen also has an important inland port.

The story goes that Wageningen was given the choice of getting a university or a train station. It chose the university, and still doesn't have a station. There is a station called Ede-Wageningen but it is close to Ede and 8km from Wageningen. The Ede-Wageningen station is about an hour from Amsterdam or from Schiphol airport and trains go approx every half hour. 




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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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