In a recent addition to the company's series of technical articles, David Stallsmith of ColorID discusses the options available to the university in case you decide to look for open source hardware and software solutions. Opting for open source solutions may offer an alternative to the traditional practice of opting for solutions from card system providers and the integrated ecosystems that they come with, says Stallsmith.
"Many organizations buy these solutions exclusively from their systems suppliers, but many others choose to acquire some applications and services from external suppliers," he explains. "This last agreement allowed them to prioritize their options for the applications they needed according to the price, characteristics, brands and support."
When it comes to card issuance, the predominant school of thought is identification software, printers and card stock, especially contactless smart cards, which must be purchased directly from a trusted supplier for optimal performance. But as Stallsmith points out, third-party solution providers can also offer a wide range of printers and software that can effectively meet the needs of a campus.
For campuses that try to move away from proprietary solutions, there have been a number of breakthroughs in numerous identification solutions. "Powerful ID broadcasting solutions are now available with many new features, including web-based architecture, modern GUIs, enhanced connectivity, contactless smart card coding, advanced network printer support, mobile device integration, and mobile portals. loading photos, "says Stallsmith.
With respect to physical access security, the advantage of implementing solutions directly from card system providers is that they offer access control modules that are well integrated with the rest of the platform. But universities can also choose to take advantage of access control systems from external providers. "This can allow a campus to use readers, electronic lock systems, mobile credential products, biometrics and many other building security and automation applications," says Stallsmith. "New tools and services are now available to connect those systems to the back-end, provide users with web-based portals and provide administrative control and reporting."
The management of physical identities is another of the vital tasks of a card system. "Many card systems today stand out in the management and tracking of financial transactions within the identification ecosystem," says Stallsmith. "However, the ability to properly manage physical identities throughout your organization through these systems can be a challenge."
As Stallsmith explains, the use of a dedicated Physical Identity Access Management (PIAM) solution can allow a campus to instantaneously and intelligently provide and issue credentials to all disparate systems in a university. a single platform. "A PIAM solution offers cardholders the ability to report and deactivate lost credentials, request mobile credentials or collect identification credentials at kiosk stations or identification offices," says Stallsmith.
Visit the ColorID website for more information about the company's PIAM offers and some of the open source options available for campuses.