More and more universities and colleges in the UK are moving toward the use of smart cards. Smart cards have a number of purposes on a university campus and can be used by both students and staff to get around.

Below, we are going to look at some of the reasons why these are becoming increasingly popular in this area. Read on to find out more.

Security Benefits

It is very possible that there are some areas on a university campus that are designated for staff only or for students. This can be hard to monitor if you don’t have some kind of security system in place. Smart cards, alongside access control systems, can offer this kind of security and ensure that the correct levels of access are granted at all times. This will improve security measures and save staff time on granting access or preventing unauthorised students from gaining access. Not only that but smart cards can also protect student data that is stored on them.

Reducing Admin Costs

Smart cards are also being used in universities more often because they allow admin staff to do other important tasks. In the past, staff would need to check in on student attendance or grant access to those who need to enter a certain area. However, with smart card technology, the need for these tasks is removed. This allows the admin staff to focus on more important tasks and can save a lot of money.

Improving Hygiene

In 2020, hygiene is more important than ever before. Students and staff need to be kept safe on campus and certain, outdated security measures can get in the way of that. For example, a touch keypad on an area will need to be cleaned after every use in order to limit the spread of the viruses and harmful bacteria. However, smart cards are contactless and so can keep everyone safe for longer. This is something that many universities are now aware of.

Multiple Purposes

Finally, more universities are moving toward smart card usage on campus because of the multipurpose capabilities of this technology. While you may think that smart cards are only used for gaining entry to certain areas, they have much more potential. For example, smart cards can be used to register attendance in classes and can even be loaded with funds to allow students to buy food and drink on campus. On top of that, students can use their smart card as a library card which can be very useful.

Widespread Usage

Universities have been using smart cards for many years now. However, in 2020, we have seen more institutions implement these kinds of systems to give students and staff a secure and seamless experience. Hopefully, more universities and colleges will follow suit and implement this technology to improve the overall experience for everyone.