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  • Editing Team 16:12 on September 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

  • Editing Team 14:22 on July 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    NUAA Sent the First RFID-equipped “Intelligent” Admission Notices 

    NUAA-intelligent-admission-notice-RFID-blogThis year, a group of students of Electronic and Information Engineering at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA), led by Dr. Cui Yijun, have added “intelligence” to the admission notices of NUAA. In fact, they have put RFID chips into the notices.

    “We prestore the new students’ encrypted personal information like name and student number. When they get on the school bus, the reader installed on the bus can automatically read the information on the RFID chip of the notice. Since the identification system is connected to the Internet, teachers on the campus will learn that you are on the bus, so that they can prepare your registration materials, which saves a lot of time.” Cui said, “When students arrive at school, they can tap the notice on the terminals and instantly get the detailed information of the school, as well as where to register. Besides, you can set your destination and it will tell you how to get there.”

    Here’s a cool part of it. Since the date of birth is stored on the chip, the RFID reader can read the information within 15 meters. If a new student happens to be on his/her birthday, once the reader reads the information, it will quickly respond by saying “happy birthday to you!”.

    Traditionally registration is done by hand, which usually takes at least one and a half minute per student, but this year it only takes a few seconds.

    “Students only need to tap their notices on the terminals and all the information will be on the computer, no need for manual work.” deputy director of the Students’ Affair at NUAA, Zhang Peng introduced, “Imposter can also be avoided, since students’ photos are also stored on the chip. In addition, these new notices are encrypted with security codes totally different from each other, so it’s impossible to copy them.”

    Last year, NUAA used bar codes on the notices. Of course using bar codes can increase the security. “The problem is that scanning bar codes are not that convenient and it takes more time. On the other hand, RFID chips can be read within 15 meters, which greatly improve efficiency.”

    These notices are the first “intelligent admission notices” in China. Cui Yijun has led his group to put RFID into admission notices and this management-system-based technology has been applied for national patent. All the group members are from NUAA.

  • Editing Team 12:10 on July 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    ScholarChip Brings NFC to Schools 

    ScholarChip-nfc-rfid-blogThe student ID card provider–ScholarChip’s School Safety and Operations platform is already enabling students to utilize radio frequency identification cards or fobs to check into classrooms, cafeterias or other sites on their campus. Now, new functionality—which the company released this spring—will allow the school’s staff to employ Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled smartphones or tablets to capture information from student ID cards. This enables the school to track the students as they ride buses, attend field trips or visit other locations outside classrooms.

    Each card or fob, manufactured by ScholarChip, has an embedded RFID tag made with a Mifare chip supplied by NXP Semiconductors. The tag, which is compliant with NFC standards, can be used not only to track student attendance, but also, in some cases, to make purchases within schools.

    Now, using an Android-based, NFC-enabled phone or tablet, a school could provide some of its employees with the ability to read students’ tags in a more mobile environment, such as on playgrounds, in hallways or on buses.

    One district with plans to begin piloting the mobile solution is the Westbury School District, on Long Island, N.Y., which already uses the ScholarChip system at all of its public schools. A total of 4,600 students currently carry the ScholarChip cards, and 700 employees also utilize them for access control.

    The technology has not only helped the school district to reduce the incidence of class-cutting, but has also enabled it to contact parents immediately upon determining that a child has not reported to school, rather than waiting for teachers’ attendance records.

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