Your Student Card is more than a piece of plastic

Cards have many features. You can pay with it, open doors, collect bonus points or start acoffee vending machine. And of course, all at once. Multifunctional cards are nothing special anymore. They have long been useful companions in our daily lives without necessarily being of special importance. Their functions make them practicable. However, they do not decide how important a card is to us. The value we attach to it depends on the trust placed in it.

A student card is not like a Copycard
2013, the Technical University of Munich introduced their current Student Card and this consideration was decisive for their success. Among the common functions such as access badge, library card and student services electronic payment card, a ticket from the Munich public transportation network (MVV) should be included in order to be able to use the public transport at a reduced price. The idea of combining student cards with transport tickets was obvious, as public transport has always offered special student rates. Until 2013, this was associated with a high administrative effort, as the entitlement to reduce the price, had to be confirmed by the university by the status "student" and had to be verified by the MVV. And that should change with the Student Card.

Security and reliability are trustworthy and efficient
To cooperate means to be more efficient. And to be efficient, it needs confidence. In the case of the Technical University of Munich, it was important that MVV could rely on the validity of the renewal system of the university. It was necessary to ensure that no one could misuse the special tariff of MVV. Without additional effort for verification!The Technical University of Munich put their trust in ANA-u GmbH. In their complete and efficient system for the semester renewal of ID cards. Together they designed a student card that deserves the status ID card: functional, personalised and with the possibility to extend, when the study continues.The thermo-re-write technology and the validation software of Ana-U GmbH exclude systemic and manual manipulations. This ensures confidence in cards and makes them more than a piece of plastic.

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.

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