NFC Coming to Spanish University

Spanish-university-NFC-rfid-blogNFC is coming into the University Católica of Murcia, located in southeastern Spain, for physical access, payments and attendance. SALTO Systems, Banco Santander, Vodafone, Gemalto and the public local government have teamed up for the project.

All staff and over 20,000 students at the university will take part in the eight-month project, and use NFC-enabled services to access all university buildings including laboratories, classrooms, gym, library, as well as the parking areas.

The school has deployed a campus-wide contactless solution, which enables the university to integrate all its physical security and management needs, through SALTO Systems’ wire-free networked stand-alone locks, for access control.

The university has produced a video showing a student using his NFC-enabled handset to check bus arrival, attendance to class, access to lab, enter a school recreation facility and check out a bicycle.

Besides, the pilot also includes additional services using NFC and data-on-SIM based technology to store student academic profiles, university accreditation, data use on campus and public transportation services. The latter includes both local buses and a bicycle rental service where users can load funds onto their mobile phones via a network of payment machines and kiosks.