In recent years, ID card systems have been introduced at numerous schools and universities as a means to increase security and instill a safer environment for students and faculty. Another college has jumped on the bandwagon by upgrading its key system to proximity & photo identification cards. With the build-out of the ID card infrastructure underway, students at Macalester College can expect to use their new student identification cards for accessing residential halls and academic areas such as study rooms.
The program, estimated at around $400,000 will cover all Macalester students – resting at just over 2,000 undergraduates. As of right now, students are still using keys to access buildings and rooms, which has resulted in hundreds of lost keys that students have misplaced or left behind. The ID badges fit perfectly inside a wall, which could possibly reduce the number of lost cards. Macalester decision makers note that the new ID badge system makes it easy to keep spare cards on hand. Moreover, the new system will be able to print out replacement cards swiftly so that students have ID cards with them at all times. As soon as an ID card goes missing, the University will also be able to deactivate the card as to prevent unauthorized access.
You can read the full story by visiting the Mac Weekly, the college’s student online newspaper.