Entrust Datacard Webinar October 8th

Get Ready for Gen Z: The Future of ID Issuance

Entrust Datacard in co-operation with the European Campus Card Association (ECCA) will host a Webinar on Monday 8thOctober at 15.00 (GMT+2).

The Webinar, which will focus on preparing a route map for The Future Needs and Requirements of your Campus ID Issuance, will include the following topics:

  • Adapting for the current and future requirements of Colleges and Universities to the issuance and use of the Campus ID.
  • Gaining an insight into the requirements and technologies that enables the production of a secure Campus ID, which is suitable for cashless payments, library requirements, door access, time & attendance, transportation, discounts ........
  • Exploring the available option to upgrade your existing systems to support the needs and requirements of today’s campus card and on-line registration issuance.
  • Benefits of customising The Campus ID Card to help personalise the student experience by providing options for social & cultural and sports requirement, branding, mobile on-line registration and secure identify.
  • Student mobile registration and card issuance solutions that provides the flexibility needed to adapt to new demands and offer easy upgrade options allowing colleges and universities to issue the student identity of the future.

Please register to receive the login details.


ANA-U GmbH delivers on its promise to deliver real “BIO” cards

20 years ago "bio" was the thing. The idea was not new. Environmental protection had long been an issue, but for the first time the desire to make the world "cleaner" hits the interest of a broad social class . This boom was triggered not least by the serious environmental catastrophes of the 1980s, which reached every living room with powerful images for the first time. Since then, Chernobyl and Exxon Valdez have not only been names. They stood and stand for the awareness that not every human error can be reversed. The wish of many people to be able to contribute something to protect the environment was huge. And if many people wanting something, a market naturally emerges.

20 years ago "plastic" was pilloried in society for the first time. Even though 10 years earlier the "jute instead of plastic" movement demanded a more conscious life, for the first time, manufacturers thought about alternatives for the growing demand. Certifications and seals of approval sprang up to announce, that everyone could make a contribution to environmental protection if they are going to choose the organic product. BIO was the new magic word, but it lost is good reputation because of numerous scandals and label fraud.

It has been 20 years since card manufacturers more or less thought about the sustainability and environmental compatibility of their products. We're talking about 6 billion PVC cards a year being put into circulation. Just a fraction of them, have a service life which is close to the durability. At the beginning, there was no technical possibility to adapt the service life to the durability. Years later the Thermo-Rewrite technology made it possible, to close this gap. But even this progress did not solve the problem completely.


When we speak of bio cards today, very few people know what is meant by it. In other words, what is "bio" exactly and how much "bio" is in it? At the beginning of the bio card revolution it was clear for ANA-U Gmbh that the big challenge would be to develop a product that corresponds to what customers actually want: 100% degradability of 100% renewable raw materials. By definition even small amounts of degradable organic substances are sufficient to qualify a card as a bio card (already 4 % are enough). And biopolymers, i.e. substances based on crude oil that can be degraded more quickly, can be pleased about the predicate "bio", even though we know today, that ultimately the highly problematic micro plastic arises from their decay process



In cooperation with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, ANA-U GmbH has succeeded in taking an innovative step that actually meets the requirements of consumers. In contrast to other suppliers, ANA-U GmbH exclusively produces bio cards out of 100% renewable raw materials that can be 100% degraded. With a operating life of 10 years. The patented production technology made it possible to develop a card that differs from conventional PVC cards neither in use nor in functionality. Even the costs could be reduced to such an extent, that this bio card represents a real alternative to conventional PVC cards. The Thermo Rewrite technology for PVC cards and the 100 % bio cards made by ANA-U GmbH are providing real solutions for the demand-oriented use of card systems: environment-friendly solutions that deliver what they promise.


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.

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