An Appreciation: Tom Watkins, Emory University

The European Campus Card Association is deeply saddened to learn of the death of our colleague and friend Tom Watkins who died on 22nd December 2016.

Tom was and a great friend of our association. a gentleman of the highest integrity. An outstanding leader who provided unstinting dedication to serving his country for 41 years in the USAF Reserves and also serving the community at Emory University for over 34 years. For almost a decade, Tom attended our annual conference each year. In May 2016 at our last conference in Wroclaw Poland, he delivered an inspiring presentation on the Rollout of Mobile Phone Applications at Emory University.

We all have fond memories of Tom and it was a privilege to know him, his company was enjoyed by all of us over the years. A great servant of the campus card industry, his presence and contribution will be sadly missed by his many colleagues throughout Europe.

On behalf of our association, I extend our deepest sympathy to Tom’s family, his friends and his work colleagues at Emory University.

Sinead Nealon
Secretary General
European Campus Card Association

ECCA Survey 2016 Report

The European Campus Card Association (ECCA) is dedicated to providing a networking platform for its members (both educational and corporate) that facilitates the on-going development of partnerships and the exchange of information between higher education institutions and the campus card industry.

As part of this process, ECCA commissioned a survey in April 2016 to determine the current state-of-the-art and the potential future requirements for eID credentials and campus card systems in Europe and beyond. The findings from the survey, which involved 181 education institutions from 28 countries, reflects the views and opinions of a wide range of educational institutions. These findings will assist ECCA’s research and innovation programme, particularly in the area of establishing common platforms to facilitate the interoperability of campus systems, together with promoting the concept of a common eIDsolution that will achieve interoperability between institutions on a cross-border basis.

Survey Report Summary

ECCA Members can access to the full report from the Resources Section\Documents\Reports (need login)

ECCA Survey 2016

The ECCA 2016 Survey to determine the current state-of-the-art and the potential future requirements for eID credentials and campus card systems has been successful completed. The survey link is now closed. The initial findings of the survey were presented at the ECCA Annual Conference, which was held at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland from May 22nd to 24th last.

The survey, which involved 181 education institutions from 28 countries, was an initiative from ECCA’s new strategic plan. It reflects the views and opinions of a wide range of educational institutions. The finding will provide a valuable insight into current state of eID credentials, campus card systems and technology, together with identifying the future needs and requirements of systems.

Following an analysis of the information provided by the survey, a detailed report will be compiled and distributed to all the participating educational institutions and the ECCA membership in early September. The initial findings of the survey as presented at the ECCA Annual Conference are available to members on this website.

The next ECCA survey will be commissioned in early 2017.

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Call for Presentations - European Campus Card Association (ECCA) 2016 Conference

Call for Presentations
European Campus Card Association (ECCA) 2016 Conference
May 22nd-24th 2016 (Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland)

Devoted to innovative use of smart card and mobile contactless technologies, designed to improve the services offered within universities campuses, ECCA 2016 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.


ASSA ABLOY Hospitality to Launch ASSA ABLOY Mobile Access Solution for Education Facilities

ASSA ABLOY Mobile Access for Education will go live during the “Back to School” period this fall.

ASSA ABLOY Hospitality (formerly VingCard Elsafe) announces the introduction of ASSA ABLOY Mobile Access for Education, a highly advanced mobile phone-based keyless entry solution developed specifically for the global hospitality market. This proven Mobile Access solution, already implemented in more than 30,000 units at over 100 properties worldwide, is now available for education facilities. Mobile Access allows campus residents to bypass the physical registration desk and use their own mobile phone or device to securely access their assigned student housing unit. Among the critical benefits of this proven technology solution are increased speed, convenience and efficiency for residents, as well as streamlined housing management operations and reduced operational costs for the education facility.

“Mobile is an integral part of any student’s life today, so putting their access keys into their smartphone is an ideal solution” says Christophe Le Blanc, Solution Director at ASSA ABLOY Hospitality. “Our Mobile Access for Education solution helps the facility team during the rush of the back-to-school period by dramatically simplifying the arrival and rights management assignment process. In concrete terms, it frees up the housing management team to focus on other important aspects of student service, which reduces costs and improves the student experience”

ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Mobile Access is powered by Seos®, the world's first multi- platform ecosystem for issuing, delivering and revoking digital keys across a broad range of smart devices, including mobile phones, micro-processor cards and wearables, such as smart watches. The Seos protocol meets the most stringent security standards and includes secure messaging, strong authentication and data confidentiality. The ASSA ABLOY Mobile Access technology works with all VingCard locks, and there are currently over one million compatible locks installed worldwide.

“When VingCard introduced RFID technology to the industry in 2006, a plan was already in place to link this technology to the use of mobile keys,” said Tim Shea, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality. “Our future-proof approach to technology means that customers who purchased VingCard RFID locking systems can add mobile access technology without replacing their existing locks, making the transition to mobile keys simple and affordable. This long-range technology planning represents our commitment to bringing continuous innovation to the market to better serve our customers’ changing needs.”

ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Mobile Access is ideal for mobile-native Millennials and Generation Y, which comprises the large majority of university students and who have the greatest need for speed and efficiency in their student housing experience. In fact, recent industry research by Nielsen indicates that 85 percent of Generation Y owns a smartphone and is using it to manage many of their daily tasks.
To learn more about Mobile Access or other ASSA ABLOY Hospitality solutions, please visit

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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