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.


ECCA Conference Best Presentation Award Winner 2018

This year’s Conference Best Presentation Award was dedicated in honour of the late Tom Watkins from Emory in the USA. The winner of this year’s award, as voted by the attendees, was Ms. Claire Crowley from University College Cork in Ireland. 

Ms. Claire Crowley
Ms. Claire Crowley

Claire’s presentation entitled "The UCC Campus Card - from Plastic to Smart "focused on how the UCC ID card has developed enormously over the years. It has been transformed from a laminated piece of paper with a photograph and basic student details, used simply to verify student status, to its current incarnation as a smartcard, with embedded Mifare technology with many applications and services.

Claire is an IT Analyst/Project Manager in the Enterprise Applications group, part of IT Services in University College Cork, Ireland, where she has worked for the last 13 years. The Enterprise Applications Group provides and maintains IT systems to support the business and management information needs of the University. Claire has wide experience ranging from system support to the managing of large scale university-wide projects. For the last 5 years, one of her areas of responsibility has been the development and support of ID card-based systems and services, including the UCC Smartcard.

ECCA extends its congratulations to Claire on an excellent, practical and very informative presentation of a campus card system.


ECCA Conference 2019

The ECCA Conference 2019 will be hosted by Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, from May 19thto 21st.
The City of Linz
Linz is a city in Upper Austria, straddling the Danube River midway between Salzburg and Vienna. As the third largest city in Austria it is a great tourist destination with many interesting sights and activities. Some of these include;
1.  Ars Electronica Center – The museum of the future
The striking building situated directly by the Danube houses impressive exhibitions on art, technology and society. Here, you can control robots, clone plants and take photos of your retina. You can telephone an android, isolate your own DNA or experience a new dimension of travel through space and time
2.  Linz's Pöstlingbergbahn,
The steepest adhesion railway in Europe, creates a harmonious combination of nostalgia and modernity through its design. In only 20 minutes, starting from Hauptplatz, its climbs Linz's local mountain.
3. Hauptplatz (The Main Square)
This forms the centre of Linz, and with an area of around 13,200 m², it is one of the largest enclosed squares in Austria. Hauptplatz is located near to the Danube, and is enclosed by buildings with an important historical background and whose striking facades characterise the square's appearance.
4. Mariendom (New Cathedral)
The largest church in Austria is situated in Linz – the New Cathedral (also called Mariendom or Maria-Empfängnis-Dom). Beautiful glass windows decorate the cathedral, which was finished in 1924 and can accommodate 20,000 people. The sacred space is also fascinating. Mariendom is a haven of peace and an architectural masterpiece. Enjoy the view over Linz from the spire.
The great combination of historical buildings, stunning architecture, vast areas of green space, and modern innovations make it a very attractive city. Since 2014 Linz has been part of the UNESCO Creative Cities network and this is apparent with the brilliant array of museums you can visit here.
Johannes Kepler University (JKU), Linz
The Johannes Kepler University Linz, founded in 1966, is a public institution of higher education in Austria. It is located in the city of Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. It offers bachelor's, master's, diploma and doctoral degrees in business, engineering, law, science, and social sciences.
Today, approximately 20,000 students study at the park campus in the northeast of Linz, with 14% of students being from abroad. The university was the first in Austria to introduce an electronic student ID in 1998.
Young, but oh so impressive. At just a little over 50 years old, the JKU has experienced quite a bit - and has a lot to offer: an outstanding selection of academic degree programs on one hand and on the other, it is a place to be happy.  And instead of scattering faculties and departments throughout the city, almost all of the departments are available in one, well-designed modern location. In addition to shorter distances and being able to save time getting from one place to the other, the campus environment supports one important thing in particular: communication.  Students and professors spend time together both in and out of the classroom.


European Campus Card Association Conference 2018

The European Campus Card Association Conference was held in association with Wageningen University & Research Netherlands from May 27thto 29thlast. This conference, which was attended by over 60 delegates from 14 countries, was an outstanding success. Presentations, practical demonstrations 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 Johannes Kepler University in Linz Austria from May 19thto 21st.
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.

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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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