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.

The European Campus Card Association (ECCA) appoints Sinead Nealon as their new Executive Director

The European Campus Card Association (ECCA) is pleased to announce that Sinead Nealon has been appointed Executive Director of the Association.

Sinead Nealon
Most recently, Sinead held the position of General Manager of Campus Services at Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland for over 12 years. During this time with Campus Services Sinead was responsible for the management of the student affairs activities, the commercial/trading operations including business planning and budgets, procurement, capital project management, sports facilities, human resource management and card services. Prior to her appointment as General Manager she held the position of Project and Human Resource Manager with Campus Services.

Sinead, who has held the position of Secretary General of ECCA for over 10 years, is very motivated, passionate and extremely diligent about her work and her broad range of skills and experience will help position ECCA in moving the association forward and delivering on its strategic plan “2020 Vision”.

"I am honoured and privileged to be appointed to the position of Executive Director with ECCA. I am excited by the challenge of leading this association into the future and continuing to work with the Board in delivering on their aims and objectives. I look forward to working with and assisting our educational and corporate members to ensure ECCA provides value to them. The evolution of technology

and the challenge of continuous change, makes ECCA, as an independent organisation, a necessity for promoting best practice in campus eID solutions. I look forward to meeting and communicating with existing and new members " said Sinead.

Ricardo Faria, the ECCA President, from the University of Porto, in welcoming Sinead stated that “On behalf of the Board of ECCA, it gives me great pleasure to announce Sinead as the new Executive Director. We are very fortunate to recruit someone of Sinead’s calibre with the broad management experience she has in the delivery of student services and commercial operations in the higher education sector. Sinead has served on our Board as ECCA Secretary General for a number of years, giving her first-hand knowledge of the association and a clear insight into the association’s future strategy. Sinead’s appointment will no doubt be a tremendous asset to the future of ECCA”

Dawn Thomas, Executive Director of NACCU (National Association of Campus Card Users) in the USA stated “I am very happy and honored to welcome Sinead Nealon as Executive Director of our European sister-association, ECCA. Sinead has an expert background, having served in a senior position in Campus Services at WIT, including 18 years of experience with campus card systems. Sinead has regularly attended NACCU since 2001, where our attendees have appreciated learning from her professional presentations and her high-level technical understanding of educational issues. Sinead’s knowledge and passion are evident. She has great understanding and appreciation for what it means to manage a card program on a university campus, and will serve ECCA’s members well in the future”.

About ECCA

ECCA was established in 2002, and has become the leading authoritative organisation that supports the development of European Campus ID credentials. The mission of the association is to assist educational institutions in the Member States of the European Union and other European countries to implement secure ID Credentials. In addition the association acts as a forum for interaction, networking and the development of partnerships between educational institutions and the campus card industry. Learn more at

As the only association serving the national and international campus card transaction industry, NACCU offers members infinite advantages in networking, developing partnerships, leveraging technology, problem solving, insight sharing and professional development. NACCU membership is open to all colleges, universities, secondary institutions and companies that are involved with the campus card market. The association offers a newsletter (CARDtalk), listserv, website, an annual conference and regional workshops on topics related to campus cards. Learn more at  


Call for Presentations- ECCA 2018 Conference

Devoted to innovative use of smart card and mobile contactless technologies, designed to improve the services offered within universities campuses, ECCA 2018 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.

ECCA 2018 is seeking original solutions and presentations covering all phases of the development and deployment cycle, from exploratory research and proof-of-concept studies to practical and final applications.

The submissions may address one or more of the topics mentioned below or others that authors believe to be of great interest to the audience. These include:

▪       Innovations in smart cards, smart devices security

▪       Smart cards, mobile and NFC enabled payment solutions (EMV, e-Purse, proprietary, etc.)

▪       Access control to buildings, computers, authentication, etc.

▪       Integration of transportation Systems within campus cards

▪       Alternative solutions for campus identification and service provision

▪       Advances in NFC and contactless technology

▪       Advances in embedded Java Card and contactless developments

▪       Strong authentication technologies (HW&SW) for Cloud Computing, Services Security and other Enterprises and personal usages

▪       Privacy and trust management, deployment of digital signature on campus

▪       Security and Privacy in Smart Devices

▪       Biometrics, National ID cards

▪       Contactless/wireless /mobile systems security risks analysis

▪       Mobile commerce

▪       Towards future networked society/services

▪       Campus card life outside the campus

▪       Campus card case studies

Each submission should include a one page abstract detailing the solution, application or research activity to be presented and a summary/schema of the presentation. Final presentation version will be at most 15 slides for a 25 minute duration. Only PDF files will be accepted. Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits.

Important dates:

▪       Submission deadline: February 16th, 2018

▪       Acceptance or rejection notification: March 2nd, 2018

▪       Complete abstract version: April 6th, 2018

▪       Complete presentation for the proceedings: May 4th, 2018

ColorID - Charting your campus' Identity Roadmap Plotting a course for future card office decision-making

Why do colleges and universities need a campus Identity Roadmap? Because every campus needs a clear plan when it comes to its identity environment, and how it delivers the many services therein. Simply put, the most successful and dynamic institutions don’t just focus on the day-to-day; they also plan for the future.

Planning for the future of your campus identity environment is vital to staying in line with industry trends, and avoiding the pitfalls of leaning on outdated hardware or technology. Having a vision for a your campus’ identity future isn’t a straightforward proposition, though, so being able to leverage the experience of industry professionals can be invaluable to plotting a program’s future.

That’s where ColorID and its Identity Roadmap come in.

 “The ability to unify existing campus services and successfully fold in emerging, advanced campus identity technologies like mobile, biometrics, contactless credentials and cloud solutions will be key to enhancing the student experience, as well as their engagement on campus,” says Danny Smith, executive vice president, ColorID. “Incorporating these new identity solutions is also being seen as a differentiator by institutions that recognize the technical expectations of the ‘Gen Z’ student. Adopting emerging technology is a reflection on the institution’s brand; forward-thinking institutions will attract like-minded students.”

Universities are complex ecosystems comprised of both independent and unified systems that provide everyday campus services. “These systems use many types of identifiers, along with a variety of backend systems that manage them, and it’s important that these technologies and business practices align to provide the most efficient delivery of services,” Smith says.

ColorID - How an Identity Roadmap can avoid outdated, misfit technology

ColorID identifies common campus identity pitfalls

Solidifying your campus Identity Roadmap is an important first step toward deploying the modern technology that students have come to expect from their universities. Planning for the future today is vital but knowing where to begin, and more importantly what to include in the Roadmap, can be difficult.

An Identity Roadmap helps both the institution’s and vendor partners’ boots on the ground to better and more efficiently get to the root of a problem. If a campus has a Roadmap in place, everyone can benefit from having clear marching orders when it comes to migrating technologies and making refinements to a campus environment.

“Establishing an ID Roadmap helps everyone understand exactly where the institution is going, what its technology standards are on campus, and what they can do going forward,” says Todd Brooks, Director of Product Management at ColorID.

In addition to his responsibilities at the company’s North Carolina headquarters, Brooks spends considerable time in the field, on campuses across the country as part of ColorID’s Summit Conferences and stakeholder meetings. It is from this ground-level experience that Brooks has been able to identify some of the most common pitfalls that campuses face when there’s not a strategic, guiding document in place.

“On campuses that don’t have a Roadmap in place, we often see decisions happen without proper consultation across the stakeholder groups,” Brooks says. “Things like installing a brand new access control system, but hanging Prox readers. In that case, they’re installing tech from 30 years ago that’s no longer secure – it’s puzzling.”

What Brooks and the rest of the ColorID team routinely preach to universities is that a knee-jerk decision today could have far reaching ramifications. “Once you install some of this hardware on campus, it can last for upwards of ten years, and those decisions can be hard to go back on,” he says.

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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