Poland Introduces Mandatory ID Cards for Schools and Kindergartens

The Polish government has introduced the possibility of a new school pupil id document in the form of plastic ID-1 cards instead of a paper id which has been used to date.

The new system is allowed for the first time since September 1st 2018 which started a new school year.


There are several types of graphic design of the school card, depending on the type of the school.

It is not mandatory for a school to issue a card with any electronic chip on it (it is an option only) but they are officially called “e-legitymacja” (e-ID).

Validity date is put only in the form of a special hologram sticker, which has a validity date engraved on it. “e-legitymacja” is prepared for a thermo transfer personalisation, in which the school and pupil data is printed on the card.

There is also the possibility of placing a contactless chip on the card. However, it is the director’s decision what chip and what services will be based on this chip. The most popular expectation is that the card will hold a public transportation ticket for school pupils and time & attendance feature for kindergarten children.

It is not decided who will run the personalisation process. It may be done by the school itself, but it seems the whole equipment and software for chip cards will be too expensive for the majority of schools so personalisation will probably be organised by regional school authorities. 

Information Source: OpTeam, Poland. www.opteam.pl

Entrust Datacard and Blackboard Partner to Enhance the ID Card Issuance Process

New integration helps institutions easily create, issue and manage student IDs and credentials

Blackboard, a global leader in education technology, and Entrust Datacard, a leading provider of trusted identity and secure transaction technology solutions, recently announced the launch of the Datacard® TruCredential Blackboard edition software suite – an easy solution for creating, issuing and managing student IDs and credentials. This new integration between Datacard TruCredential and the Blackboard Transaction System empowers institutions to meet a wide range of application requirements, from basic photo IDs to high-assurance credentials.

With the browser-based TruCredential suite, Blackboard Transaction System users will be able to easily scale from a single workstation or user to a multi-workstation application with more functionality. Other advantages of TruCredential software include:

  • Easy-to-use:As a browser-based software, institutions are able to use TruCredential anytime, anywhere. Operators can design new ID cards quickly with intuitive, drag-and-drop design templates and workflows. Or, migration templates allow for the smooth transition of designs from ID Works® identification software into TruCredential.
  • Configurable:Institutions are able to create custom design templates and workflows to meet their specific needs. Operators can then work independently with these established templates and process flows. Institutions can also create unique user profiles to enhance the security of their programs and give appropriate access to the right people.
  • Easy-to-Deploy:Institutions can install and license on a single server, then remotely deploy and manage users and data.
  • Enhanced Features:Pre-built smart card configurations are available and easy to set up through the user interface. Institutions can keep track of their issuance programs with comprehensive reporting.
  • Part of a complete solution:TruCredential software is engineered to work as part of an integrated system with Datacard® printers, supplies and support.
  • Compatible with the latest technology:All editions of TruCredential software work with the latest technology, including Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Windows 10, Windows Server, SQL Server, Oracle, Active Directory Systems and RESTful Web Services.

“Entrust Datacard is a leader in secure identity and issuance solutions worldwide,” said Marc Rubner, vice president, campus enablement at Blackboard. “Through our new partnership, we will deliver an innovative and easy-to-use solution for card design, issuance and management that will meet our clients’ needs.”

“We’re excited to offer this comprehensive TruCredential integration with Blackboard,” said Dan Sanden vice president, software product management for Entrust Datacard. “The solution transforms the card issuance process and enables universities to convey their brand — vibrantly — through the student ID.”

To learn more, register for Blackboard and Entrust Datacard’s upcoming webinar on the future of orientation ID issuance: https://webinars.on24.com/Blackboard/GenZ.

Considering Custom Keys for Contactless Cards-ColorID

Since improved security is one of the main reasons for migrating to contactless cards, and that security is based on encryption, owning your encryption key should allow us to make all our card-based systems inter-operable, right?
Well, not exactly.  Let’s break it down.
Encryption keys are long numbers that act like passwords to lock and unlock contactless smart card data, such as the ID number used to allow door access.  Typically a manufacturer will program their cards and readers with data secured by their own secret key.  If the manufacturer’s key were to be publicly known, all their cards and readers would be subject to compromise.  Sometimes manufacturers use their own proprietary encryption algorithms, but these have not resisted hacking well, especially in the case of MIFARE Classic and HID iCLASS (legacy version).
DESFire EV1 by NXP uses AES 128, a standard encryption algorithm that is considered to be unbreakable for long term data storage.  HID, Schlage, Blackboard, Identiv and many other card and reader manufacturers provide EV1 solutions, some with an option for custom, user-owned keys.  Theoretically, an institution could share the custom key used to program its cards with any reader manufacturer of its choice.  However, there are a few more hurdles to clear on the path to interoperability.
MIFARE DESFire EV1 cards and readers share many parameters that require decisions and/or data, in addition to the encryption key.  In some cases, there could be additional keys, up to 14 per application.  Readers are secure, but not too intelligent.  NXP created a protocol called PACSA which can be used as a guide for EV1 programming, for access control.  Nonetheless, a card programmed for one reader won’t work on another reader that is configured to expect different parameter values.  Key diversification is a common example of one of these parameters.  The reader has to know if the key used to encrypt the data was diversified by scrambling with each chip’s Card Serial Number (or UID), or not.  Without alignment on the parameter, the reader cannot read the secret data from the card.
HID Seos and iCLASS SE cards also use AES 128 and are available with custom keys through the Elite Key program.  This enhances card security for any institution; however, these cards can only be read by readers with HID technology, such as iCLASS SE and Omnikey readers, and ASSA ABLOY electronic locks.  Regarding interoperability, HID readers read many more card types than other readers and work with almost all access control and other card systems.
Many ID issuance software products support custom key encoding of NXP chips, both inline and at the desktop.  MIFARE encoding configuration is fairly straightforward, but EV1 setup can require professional services.  Check for which printers are supported.  HID offers software for encoding NXP, iCLASS, Seos and other chips in HID printers and at a desktop encoder.
Encoding for third party applications can require the system provider to share their encoding parameters and encryption keys.  In some cases, such as biometrics, a system may provide its own encoding application.
Custom encryption keys offer the promise of interoperability for all card systems.  However, there are many complications involved, some technical and some business, and not all can be resolved for every system.  ColorID has the experience to be able to help an institution find inter-operable card system solutions, both existing and planned.

The Next Generation of Printing – EDC


Organizations face challenges when managing their identification card (ID) programs that can be costly if they don’t consider the impact to their business. Some of these challenges are a result of the type of printer ink technology used for ID card programs. Three challenges facing card printer program administrators include:

Environmental exposure. Exposure to environmental factors, such as UV light, can impact a badge when someone wears the badge in a visible way during work (both outdoors and indoors). Exposure to fluorescent lighting can take its toll on the badge and it’s even worse when employees are working outdoors. When people get done with work and put their ID badge on the dashboard of their car during the drive home, the effects are compounded.
Many organizations will try to address this issue by buying expensive UV blocker laminates. And they often have a higher reissuance of cards due to damage from exposure to light.

Image integrity. Organizations not using the latest printing technology often struggle to maintain the integrity of the original image when it’s printed on a card. For example, when an organization has a logo (such as company name, branding, etc.) or face that they want to print, they often have difficulty matching what they see on their monitor to what is printed on the card. Matching skin tones is also a challenge.
Some organizations create custom profiles for their printers as a workaround – however, the downside is that once one color is fixed, another is broken. Essentially, one color data point is right but others are modified. Other organizations change the colors of the imageon the screen to print the desired color on the card. Even with these workarounds, dark colors from dye sublimation will continue to blend into adjacent colors on the card.

Fine-detailed text legibility. Making fine-detailed text such as Kanji characters like Chinese, Japanese, Arabic characters, and 2 point font, legible is a challenge with today’s card printing technology. Increasing font size or using smaller subset of characters are potential workarounds for this issue, but they are not all available with 300 DPI.


Consultation Process on the Development of a Proposed Framework for Trusted Student Identification and Access to Services on a Cross Border Basis

ECCA has commenced a consultation process on the development of a proposed framework for trusted student identification and access to services on a cross border basis. To facilitate this consultation process with the relevant stakeholders, ECCA has produced and published a document, which provides a context on a European Student eID, mobility requirement and the outcomes from relevant research projects and studies. It discusses the benefits from removing barriers, the need for achieving trust in the cross-border mutual recognition of students and the challenges and issues that need consideration in the development of a proposed framework. It also discusses the absence of interoperability, security and authentication standards, which are some of the main obstacles that are currently precluding students from using their campus card/eID credential to provide cross-border authentication and access to services in another European country

The ultimate aim of this process is to identify and agree on a proposal for the development of a European Student eID Credential Framework that will enable services providers to deliver and operate academic and non-academic services on a cross-border basis throughout Europe.  These proposals, which will provide a predictable regulatory environment for Service Providers to operate in Higher Educations Institutions will be compliant to eIDAS (EU Regulation No 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the European internal market). To achieve this aim the process will require real engagement and buy-in from all stakeholders (Educational Institutions, Service Providers and Students). Their opinions and experience will be essential to a successful outcome, as any proposed solution must complement and support the objectives of both educational and service provider requirements. It is important that a proposal on the development of any new concepts, products or services will focus on the delivery of added-value to the student.

Therefore, as a first step we need to gather information from the stakeholders to obtain their views and opinions on their future needs and requirements.In particular, it will be important to assess the requirements with regard to eIDAS compliance, data integrity, 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 will need to be evaluated and quantified.

The process of gathering information from the stakeholders will involve a survey.ECCA invites input from the stakeholders with suggestions on any specific area that they may consider important for inclusion in the survey. Upon receipt of this input, an online survey will be developed and circulated to each of the stakeholder groups, which will reflect and take into account their different viewpoints and interests.

The published document Consultation Process on the Development of a Proposed Framework for Trusted Student Identification and Access to Services on a Cross Border Basisis available for download.


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