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Tampa school enforced security measures during nearby RNC

by Admin 6. September 2012 13:50

A Southern Florida college had to adjust its security standards late last month thanks to a bunch of politicians coming to town, according to a published column.

The University of Tampa mandated staff, students and other people looking to gain access to the campus wear Spartan ID badges during the Republican National Convention, The Minaret reports. Campus Safety effected the changes out of consideration for the safety and well-being of the students and author Elaina Zintl notes her apprehension.

"I, as a new freshman at UT, was nervous about the RNC and grateful for the safety measures put in place," Zintle states in her column.

Members of the staff and the students all had to wear neon lanyards that had identification cards attached to them while the RNC was in process beginning the week of August 26.

While the convention was in process, people whose lanyard and ID were not clearly demonstrated could have been stopped. Not everyone wore the lanyards and identification around their necks but, rather, held on to them or had them dangling from their pockets as a method of avoiding being stopped.

Prior to the RNC kicking off, campus officials issued several emails that sought to remind the students to wear the lanyards. Freshmen were instructed to attend at least one of the three mandatory security sessions that were being conducted on the Sunday that kicked off the week holding the RNC.

The security sessions featured officials advising students to be alert and vigilant and not to act recklessly. The officials underscored the mandate of wearing  the lanyards.

One factor that got in the way of wearing the lanyards and identification badges was forgetfulness – despite the overt neon color of the lanyard holding the required documentation.

Campus Safety went out of its way to be of assistance. One student, a second-year commuter, said the school was enormously helpful given she does not live on campus.

"I'm a commuter, but I'm not staying at my permanent address," sophomore biology major Tara Temkar told the news source. "So they sent my lanyard to my parents' house when I was already in Florida, and I didn't have it sent down."

Conducted from August 27 through August 30, the Republican National Convention that nominated former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney to challenge President Barack Obama was held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Walking between the Forum and campus was roughly 20 minutes.

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University of Iowa upgrades ID cards

by Admin 6. September 2012 11:20

In the past, students at the University of Iowa were required to carry multiple ID cards if they wanted to attend sporting events, access dormitories or perform a number of other daily academic-related activities. To make life easier for students, faculty and staff members, the school is rolling out a new program that will provide individuals with a single badge, according to a report by independent newspaper, the Daily Iowan.

Around 9,000 student ID cards - dubbed the Iowa One card - have been handed out so far. Many community members were already using badges for residence hall functions that required access control, the news source said.

"We have a campaign in progress to re-card the rest of the residents in the next three weeks," UI spokesman Tom Moore said, according to the Daily Iowan. "When that population is served, we will begin the conversion to the Iowa One card for other students, faculty and staff."

The Iowa One cards are contactless, which eliminates the need to students living in dorms to get a separate ID for access to their residence halls.

"[The Iowa One card] eliminates the need to carry the extra Prox card," UI sophomore Blake Jorgensen told the Daily Iowan. "I use it the same way I used my last one but I like the fact that I can use it and get access to my hallway."

Furthermore, the new student ID cards are integrated with local Hills Bank, allowing users to access bank accounts via their ID badges, the news source said. This process is not new, as the old ID card also had similar functions, but it gives Hills Bank a unique opportunity to appeal to incoming freshmen looking to have a local bank account.

"During orientation, we connected over 25 percent of the incoming freshmen with ID cards that are also attached to their bank accounts," said Ken Hinrichs, an executive at Hills Bank and Trust Co., according to the Daily Iowan. "There has also been very strong interest in new accounts with the IDs linked to the cards, as returning students have come back to school from the summer."

Using multi-functional, contactless ID cards is becoming more common throughout multiple industries, including education and the private sector. As advances in technology continue to drive innovation, ID cards will likely continue to be more useful to users.

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Northern Kentucky University gets newly designed ID card

by Admin 5. September 2012 11:45

The class of 2016 at Northern Kentucky University will be the first in the school to embrace a newly designed student ID card. Last year, the student government association at NKU created a contest that allowed community members to create their own model of the school's All Card in an effort to boost awareness and school spirit, according to a report by student-run newspaper the Northerner.

"The whole thing started about this time last year when Dustin Robinson, former SGA president, approached me with the idea of coming up with a student designed ID card," Ward Wenstrup, operations manager at All Card administration, told the newspaper. "I thought it was a great idea."

In addition to the overall design of the card, NKU administrators also made the change to imprint the student identification number on the badge. Unlike the traditional ISO number that was on the old cards, the ID numerals are similar to Social Security numbers in the sense that they help individuals with their financial demands, the Northerner said.

"I think it's very positive to see the design being well received," Wenstrup said, according to the Northerner. "I truly appreciate the student-submitted design but anything that makes the kids excited about their card, I'm all for it."

According to NKU officials, every student, faculty and staff member is required to have an All Card with a photograph and ID number for identification and access control purposes. Although the newly designed ID card is different from the older model, individuals are not yet required to make the change. By creating a new design, however, individuals may be less inclined to lose it and, as a result, lose the abilities that come with it.

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Upstate New York school deploys scanners for student IDs

by Admin 5. September 2012 10:58

A Western New York state university is placing increased importance on its identification card, according to a published report.

Students at the College of Brockport who do not have their Brockport ID cards with them will be unable to gain entry into the gym, eat a meal at the dining hall or get back home into their residence hall, The Stylus reports.

Students at the school, which is part of the State University of New York System, will be unable to go to campus-held events also. Two particular events – Glow Fiesta IV and Club Craze – served as examples of the new rules as they only entered after swiping their ID cards where a scanner read their cards.

The banner identification on the card was read by a scanner and the student was permitted to enter following a short beep, which indicated the person is a current student. But the operator was tipped off to trouble if that beep was longer.

The effort drives to preserve "integrity with the usage of the student activity fee," assistant director Matt Barone with the Student Union Activities told the news source. The Office of the Student Union and Activities also is involved and is gauging event attendance.

This new system has begun "for a few different reasons," Barone told the news source. "First, attendance tracking is nice. It's nice for us to know who's going to what. There's also a co-curricular transcript tool in myBrockport, where if you went to Club Craze last night, you will be able to generate a co-curricular transcript of all the things you've been involved in or have attended. So that you could say to a potential internship site or a potential job place, 'here are the things I've been involved in and here's the record of that.' As opposed to saying you did that, you can say here's actual proof of that."

The Student Union purchased four scanners to check the ID cards, according to Barone. Community Development acquired one scanner. Leadership Development owns as many as three. One scanner costs $10 and the various organizations that want to make use of the scanners will be able to.

Students who already have had their ID cards scanned will receive email notifications of upcoming events.

The College at Brockport was founded in 1865 and encompasses 464 acres, according to the school's website. The school offers 49 undergraduate majors and 47 master's degree programs.

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Pittsburgh students question state voter ID law

by Admin 4. September 2012 11:06

A Western Pennsylvania college student who plans to volunteer at a voting site for the general election in November feels for the plight of the poor and the elderly, according to a published report.

Junior political science major Alyssa Knierim with Point Park University in Pittsburgh is scheduled to volunteer at polls in Millvale and she said the elderly and the poor will face challenges voting because of the difficulties getting to the Motor Vehicles Department to acquire the mandated identification, The Point Park Globe reports.

But the need to stave off voter fraud is ever present and important, another student told the news source, noting officials should put more effort into easing the process of acquiring IDs for those societal demographics.

"They should make it easier to get one, and make people more aware of it, and maybe when someone comes without an ID, they can give them the information they need to get one," freshman cinema production major Hannah Meholick told the news source late last week.

Next week will see the Pennsylvania Supreme Court hear an appeal to a judge's rejection of arguments against the voter ID law, more officially known as Act 18. Those who will argue the case include a coalition led by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.

The ACLU takes exception to the Commonwealth Court stating last month that Act 18 ultimately will cause "inevitable" harm as compared to "immediate" harm.

"I think it's an infringement on our basic rights as American citizens. If we are a government for and of, and by the people, the people should be able to participate," Knierim told the news source late last week. "It shouldn't be that hard to vote and for some people it is, especially elderly people."

Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett signed Act 18 into law this past March; the lawsuit filed by the ACLU came about 60 days later.

The ACLU stands opposed to the law because it believes it controverts the U.S. constitution.

"We believe this is unconstitutional. We should not be putting up a barrier to voting and under this law are people who are not going to be able to get the ID necessary or people who won’t know that they need the ID until they show up at the polls and don’t have the right ID," associate director Sara Mullen with the ACLU said.

Established as a business training college in 1933, Point Park University has been a four-year school since 1966, according to the school's website.

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Report: Access control to grow 11 percent annually through 2016

by Admin 4. September 2012 10:22

American businesses and homeowners continue to combat burglary, fraud and other criminal activity by purchasing advanced security solutions. Ongoing advances have made many of these technologies more efficient, accurate and convenient, encouraging decision-makers to adopt the tools at a faster rate.

A new study by the Freedonia Group echoed this trend, forecasting the market for U.S. security products to expand at a compound annual growth rate of more than 7 percent through 2016, at which point it will generate approximately $21 billion in annual revenue.

There are many reasons for increased adoption of advanced security solutions, including the unstable economy, which is forcing service providers to drop their prices to remain competitive, allowing a wider range of customers to leverage the tools. While this allows decision-makers to pick from an array of offerings, most tend to lean toward access control systems.

The growing access control market

The Freedonia Group forecast access control systems to experience strong momentum in the future, as analysts predict the market to expand by roughly 11 percent annually through 2016. Technological innovations have made these solutions easier to use and more reliable than other locking mechanisms, making them an ideal choice for property owners looking to keep unauthorized individuals away from valuable possessions.

As more decision-makers make the move to adopt access control systems, an increasing number of vendors will flock to the market in an attempt to acquire new customers and generate more revenue. In doing so, however, service providers will be forced to drop their prices to remain competitive, allowing a wider range of users to leverage the solutions, the report said.

Another driver behind the growing access control market is the recovering housing sector. Since identity authentication technologies become less expensive, more homeowners will switch out existing locks for more advanced mechanisms that are able to keep intruders out, the Freedonia Group reported.

Developments in the ID card and authorization accessory industry are also fueling the adoption of access control. A separate report by EBN Online echoed this finding, noting that the evolution of smart cards will play a significant role in the changing access control market. Contactless solutions, such as near-field communications, will become a major player in access control in the coming years.

As decision-makers continue struggling to keep out unauthorized individuals, access control will become an important part of physical security investments.

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Texas to appeal federal court's voter ID ruling

by Admin 31. August 2012 11:50

 

The State of Texas is challenging a federal court decision against requiring voters in the Lone Star State to display an official photo identification to vote on Election Day in November, according to a published report.

Lawmakers are upset about a U.S. District Court in Washington rejecting the proposed voter ID law mandating the use of an ID issued by the government and, in response, the state is aiming to petition the U.S. Supreme Court, The Daily Texan reports.

The law's supporters say it will help the effort to stave off voter fraud while those opposing the measure and additional voter ID laws maintain they slant against minorities' votes for two reasons. Many minorities are not in possession of a photo ID and they live great distance from an office that distributes the identification cards.

The proposed law augments the responsibilities of students as well, according to director Billy Calve with student government agency Hook the Vote at the University of Texas at Austin. The law would demand information on a civilian driver's license match with a voter registration address.

"If you reside at a West Campus apartment or a dorm on campus, you would have had to make sure your driver's license address matched that," Calve told the news source. "For many students, that is not the case. Students would have had to go out and get their driver’s license changed to match their Austin address."

The case was particularly based on minority rights rather than those of students, according to assistant law professor Joseph Fishkin.

But Texas opted against numerous amendments to the voter identification law that would have reduced its strictness and cut down on the chances that it would be rejected, the assistant law professor told the news source. One amendment advocated for student IDs' use as photo IDs when casting ballots.

"I wouldn't make too much of a big deal of this, but the state legislature's decision not to allow student IDs is one of the things that came back to haunt the state," Fishkin told the news source.

The Washington Post reports the three-judge panel described Texas' proposed law as the nation's most strict.

The publication notes this serves as the first instance of a federal bench intervening to block a voter ID law.

The federal court ruled that the state did not demonstrate that the statute would not be harmful to minorities' voting rights.

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U.S. schools gravitate toward having student IDs serve as debit cards

by Admin 30. August 2012 10:09

Many colleges in the U.S. are merging efforts with financial institutions to enhance student IDs and make them also serve as debit cards, according to a published report.

Almost 900 universities have established partnerships with banks and 32 of the 50 biggest public schools have worked out contracts with financial institutions to endow students with debit cards or prepaid cards, according to a U.S. Public Interest Research Group study cited by The Flor-Ala, the student newspaper of the University of North Alabama.

Though that type of partnership is not in place as of yet with a financial institution and the University of Northern Alabama, incoming freshman Skyler South told the news source that establishing this agreement could be a good idea. But she noted she already is the owner of a debit card from other sources.

The University of Northern Alabama could benefit from the card, according to office manager Karen Kennedy with the UNA Mane Card. However, should the school opt to move forward with that plan, she said it would have to be selective with whom it mergest efforts.

"I think it'd be beneficial, depending on the banking relationship," Kennedy told the news source. "Different banks have different agreements. Some banks will allow students to go into the negative to charge in overdraft fees, and that shouldn't be supported."

But the U.S. PIRG study exposed students to the likelihood of paying high fees, like those charged by ATMs and those applied when overdrafts occur.

Situated in the city of Florence, the university considers the Mane Card to be a student's official University of Northern Alabama card, according to the school's website.

The Mane Card serves as a debit card, a meals card, a library card and it opens doors.

It also serves as a method of payment for various on-campus services.

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Northeastern Alabama county to grant injured veterans free entry with proper IDs

by Admin 29. August 2012 13:41

A Northeastern Alabama county school system is allowing disabled American veterans free admission to middle and high school sporting events, according to a published report.

The service-connected disabled must show identification cards when arriving at the Marshall County School System events, The San Mountain Reporter states. The schools taking part in the free program include Asbury, Douglas, Claysville, Brindlee Mountain and DAR.

The principals and coaches of the school systems' middle and high schools unanimously agreed to the policy, assistant superintendant Butch Ferguson with Marshall County Schools told the news source.

"Marshall County Board of Education member Bill Aaron came to me a couple of weeks ago with a proposal that I talk to principals in the Marshall County School System about allowing disabled American veterans with a service-connected disability into our sporting events free," Ferguson told the news source, also noting he is athletic director of the school system.

Aaron, who crafted the suggestion, is a disabled veteran himself. His military service includes two years in the U.S. Army and 22 years with the National Guard.

Aaron, who devoted eight months of service to helping in the Demilitarized Zone in Korea, also taught in the school system for 33 years before retiring.

He said when the injured veterans show their cards, admitting their attendance will not be of issue.

"I'm a disabled American veteran, so I'm among them and talk to them," Aaron told the news source. "I was talking to some other veterans, and we were discussing it. They asked me if we would look into it. Some have a pretty tough situation, and this might enlighten their life."

Marshall County has a long history of military action including being the theater of raids by federal troops during the War Between the States, according to the county's website.

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West Virginia elementary schools partake this year in ID badge pilot program

by Admin 28. August 2012 13:38

Two elementary schools in West Virginia are experimenting with a pilot program that aims to help ensure the students' safety, according to a published report.

This school year will see students at Wiliamstown Elementary School and Mineral Wells Elementary School wearing identification badges, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports. The students who will be partaking in the program are in kindergarten, first grade and second grade.

The students only will be allowed to leave with guardians who wear badges that match the ones worn by the children, transportation director Richard Lance told the news source, noting another nearby county implemented the program.

"Kanawha County has had this in place for a couple of years, and they've done it as a voluntary program," Lance told the news source late last week. "We'd like to see the same done here and have it be mandatory."

All families have been given four of the badges. The child holds one badge while the guardians are given three badges for when they pick up the child.

Efforts to pick up the child by someone who does not have a badge will result in the child being taken back to school.

He said that the plan should be in place by the middle of this week.

"By Wednesday, we are going to start enforcing this," Lance told the news source.

Students who lose or forget their badges will be issued a temporary one.

More than 500 students are partaking in the pilot program this year. Lance said its success will prompt the expansion to each of the 19 public elementary schools in Wood County.

Wood County public schools have scholarship programs for academics and athletics, booster organizations, a parent-teachers' association and additional programs to strengthen the county's academic offerings, according to the county schools' website.

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