5 May 2016

Getting Smart About Smart Cards

The days of overcrowded clunky keychains encumbering purses and pockets are fading into the abyss. Technology is moving past the necessity of the actual lock and key in many cases. Today, we’re seeing an emergence of key fobs for cars with push-start buttons, and a move towards digital security, mobile credentials, keypads, and biometric access control, such as fingerprint and facial recognition, and even iris detection.

Going further than access control, companies and institutions are looking for innovative ways to transcend beyond traditional security measures and methods, improve efficiency and cost, and maximize convenience. One such sophisticated technology solution that can achieve these goals is the utilization of smart cards.

Smart cards can act as electronic key rings with data storage capacity and reliable personal identification capability. Institutions, such as higher education facilities, actively use smart cards for access purposes such as entry recognition to administrative and classroom buildings, residence areas and dormitories, dining facilities, and computer labs.

But as an increased security and access feature, these cards can be used strategically to offer an integrated approach to access control innovation. From the business side, there is the advantage of reduced operational costs as well as providing a safe and secure environment. The recognition aspect can be vital when you are looking at a campus with thousands of students, faculty, staff and visitors accessing various buildings on a near-hourly basis.

The ability to issue a short-term access card for visitors is an efficient resource for tracking the daily activity and security of the facility. These cards can be easily activated and deactivated for convenience and safety. Aside from portability, flexibility and data storage, smart cards offer secure authentication, encryption of sensitive data, protected subscriber information, stored value and access control.

Security and confidentiality are still readily maintained, and the ability to interface with multiple systems offers increased enhancements. A campus operates much like a small city, and over the years there has been a necessary emergence of increased security. While efficient access control improves daily operations and security oversight, the convenience of a single multi-functional card is beneficial in many ways.

Physical access, logical access and identification are features that Vanderbilt’s technologies offer to increase durability, effectiveness, dependability and operational success. Always remember that the best security approach is a layered approach: card plus pin, card plus biometric, card plus video – all of which can be integrated with Vanderbilt’s SMS platforms to serve the highest security needs of large institutions and higher education facilities.