Authentication and Access Control

By Anthony Seiler

The sun is poking through in different places across the US, which can only mean one thing: we are on the cusp of education season. Let’s take a look at campus life for students and faculty. Internal campus management of the student body, faculty, and adjunct professors constantly evolve. In today’s Higher Education market, students’ needs drive most technological enhancements. If we anticipate needs, we must consider what’s happening on campus; movement and mobility. Think about it. Students do everything on their phones. They buy products, scroll their Twitter feed, Venmo cash, buy Crypto, and even participate in classes. There’s not much that the minicomputer in your pocket doesn’t handle, which means pressure for IT to accommodate students’ needs is evolving at a pretty rapid pace. We think ACDI and Elatec can help make this evolution as seamless as possible.

Elatec’s latest authentication readers use AVT technology (Apple VAS Transact) to enhance any transaction on campus. It’s not just about secure printing but tying every campus transaction using mobile credentials into one centralized technology. Think of your PAW Pass, OneCard, SmartCard, and hundreds more. Now take those credentials and add them to your Google Wallet, Apple Wallet, Apple Watch, or SmartWatch. Voilà!! Now via Near-Field Communication (NFC), you hold mobile credentials to any access point campus-wide. That’s libraries, fitness centers, food trucks, parking, bookstores, and many more. And think about the IT relief this enables from having everyone managed via a single source.  You can easily see why campuses are moving in this direction.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

At ACDI, we know life moves pretty fast, which is why our Access Control technology meets college campuses where they are now and where we’d like to see them go in the future. Competitiveness within college campuses is rising at staggering rates, so we aim to set our customer’s campuses apart, and amenities are one of the leading factors in differentiation. And if those campus amenities also double as seamless technology infrastructure, it’s a win-win for everyone. So as the sun pokes through on college campuses everywhere, make sure you are unlocking the potential in enabling students to do what they need to.  

For additional information on authentication and access control, please contact an ACDI sales representative today call 800.990.2234 or email

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