IDville Blog | October 2012

Pennsylvania judge throws out voter ID law

by Admin 3. October 2012 11:39

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is not required to enforce voter identification laws at this November's general election but the state will be permitted to implement the controversial law next year, a judge ruled on Tuesday.

Exactly five weeks prior to Election Day, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson based his decision on two days of testimony, The Associated Press reports. The ruling also arrived after the State of Pennsylvania attempted to ease the process of acquiring an identification card that enables voters to cast ballots.

Simpson heard about driver's license centers with long queues and misinformed clerks as well as identification requirements that make the process more difficult for some registered voters to acquire a photo identification card issued by the state.

Bloomberg reports the law could cause confusion at the polls on November 6, when the nation decides between re-electing Democratic President Barack Obama for a second term or replacing him with Republican challenger Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts.

Poll workers still may request voters to present identification cards, Bloomberg reports.

But voters who do not have an identification card may still cast ballots, which will be counted in the election.

"While we're happy that voters in Pennsylvania will not be turned away if they do not have an ID, we are concerned that the ruling will allow election workers to ask for ID at the polls and this could cause confusion," states an email to Bloomberg authored by co-director Penda D. Hair with advocacy group The Advancement Project. "This injunction serves as a mere Band-Aid for the law's inherent problems, not an effective remedy."

Advocates of the voter ID law argue it helps stave off threats to the integrity of general elections while opponents believe it has the potential to disenfranchise legitimate voters who do not have the necessary identification card.

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NFC access control systems invade college campuses

by Admin 2. October 2012 13:42

Keeping students, faculty and staff members safe is among the top priorities for higher education facilities. For this reason, among others, many colleges around the United States are deploying advanced access control systems that use near-field communications technologies.

The University of San Francisco and Villanova University in Pennsylvania are just two of the many academic organizations embracing NFC-enabled access control systems, according to a report by CR80 News. These schools, like others, have transformed personal smartphones and other gadgets into ID cards by turning the gadgets into identity authentication tools.

"NFC is the wave of the future. Students need their smart card and their smartphone to get through the day. Why not make them the same?" said Jason Rossi, the director of the University of San Francisco's One Card and Campus Security System, according to CR80 News. "Our students are very tech savvy, so we knew this would be right up their alley."

How NFC is changing access control
In the past, access control systems needed complicated ID badges to authenticate a user's identity. While this is still the case, the rapid adoption of mobile devices is allowing organizations to change how these badges are presented, transforming them from traditional smartcards to personal smartphones, tablets and other gadgets.

By leveraging NFC-enabled access control systems, companies can improve physical security while simultaneously boosting service and user satisfaction, CR80 News noted.

"It increases security by acting as a de facto tool for secure access and transactions," Rossi said, according to the news source. "It improves service because students enjoy the convenience of using their phones instead of their cards. And we project it will reduce costs by reducing the number of lost cards, meaning we won't have to carry as extensive an inventory of replacement smart cards."

A separate report by Frost & Sullivan confirmed the growing adoption of NFC-enabled smartphones, noting that there will be more than 83 million devices, or approximately 53 percent of the overall market, using NFC technologies by 2015.

As mobile technologies continue to evolve and become more intuitive, the gadgets will likely embrace NFC technologies more fluently in the coming years, allowing educational facilities and a wide range of other industries to implement advanced access control systems.

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Chicago university mandates new IDs

by Admin 2. October 2012 13:35

All members of a Chicago school's community are mandated to acquire new identification cards, according to a published report.

Students, staff and faculty members at Roosevelt University must go to the Office of the Registrar so they may get the cards that will allow access to two buildings, the Wabash and the Auditorium, The Roosevelt Torch reports.

University registrar Sheila Coffin told the news source that the effort is being spearheaded by the office of Campus Safety and Transportation.

"The need for controlled access to the Wabash Building student residences and controlled access to the new Pharmacy College facilities in Schaumburg led to the adoption of the new smart ID cards," the university registrar told the news source.

Students may hold on to their old identification cards but those are not equipped with technology that permits access to the buildings.

The new cards must be acquired by November 1, but that deadline is hinging on other factors, the registrar said.

"Students, faculty and staff without the new ID cards after Nov. 1 will only be able to access the building by checking in with the security personnel," she told the news source. "The ... deadline is somewhat tentative depending on the installation schedule of the turnstiles in the Michigan Avenue lobby."

Policy at the school requires students to carry an identification card during their entire stay at the school.

The cards should not be defaced, exposed to magnetic fields or used by anyone other than the bearer.

"The ID card is the property of Roosevelt University and must be presented upon the request of an appropriate university official and may be revoked at any time by the university," the registrar told the news source.

Roosevelt University offers 126 degree programs, according to the school's website.

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by Kayla 2. October 2012 11:33
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California county prepares to distribute veteran IDs

by Admin 1. October 2012 09:32

A California county will begin distributing identification cards that allow veterans and military retirees reduced prices on various goods and services, according to a published report.

The Veteran Discount ID cards are available from the Solano County Veterans Services Office and local businesses are expressing gratitude for their military service and drawing their business, according to The Reporter.

But some veterans indicated they encountered challenges acquiring ID cards, particularly after they served short periods of time in the military.

"In the past, the only way veterans could prove their military service was to show their DD Form 214," officer Ted Puntillo with the Solano County Veterans Services told the news source. "That's too precious of a document to carry around in your wallet. The Veteran Discount ID card solves that problem."

The ID cards will be ready for distribution next month. At least 40,000 U.S. veterans reside in the county and the office Puntillo serves is expecting sizable interest.

The military ID cards will be available for pick up from October 9 through October 12.

"This is an innovative way to connect veterans to vet friendly businesses," Puntillo told the news source. "We are also hoping to introduce veterans to the many other benefits they earned by serving their country."

Honorably discharged veterans may acquire the ID card by bringing a copy of their DD Form 214 and cards will be available shortly thereafter.

Members of the community, organizations that serve veterans and local merchants are covering expenses and costs associated with production of the cards.

Solano County is located midway between San Francisco and Sacramento and has been repeatedly recognized as having strong future prospects by the America's Promise Alliance, according to the County website.

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