Best Practices – Paving the Way for Smooth Smart Card Migration

In recent months, I’ve blogged about the top reasons Colleges and Universities are making progress towards moving to Smart Cards as a secure means of safeguarding people, data and assets as well as debunking some of the myths surrounding Smart Card migration. Now I’d like to shift that conversation to address yet another vital, related topic.

Although the vast majority of today’s educational institutions have embraced the concept of multi-function Smart Cards or “one cards” and long to realize the benefits of such a migration, I’ve found that in speaking with these institutions directly, some are still lagging behind the majority in transitioning.

Certainly these institutions understand that moving from legacy technologies to contactless, high-frequency Smart Cards will provide their students, faculty and staff with a more secure and convenient on-campus experience, so what was holding them up? Surprisingly, it wasn’t merely budget constraints or limited resources. Interviews conducted with several institutions revealed that many just didn’t know where to start.

Given that revelation, I thought I’d share some insights regarding recommended best practices that can really help colleges and universities begin to put tires to pavement in this endeavor. 

We have prepared a White Paper that provides a best practice framework involving our recommended six key steps to Smart Card migration success. Based on our own implementation experience and interviews with institutions that have successfully traversed the gap from legacy magstripe and prox cards to multi-function Smart Cards, the six critical steps detailed in the White Paper are:

Step 1: Ensure all stakeholders are included in the process

Step 2: Complete a baseline evaluation and security assessment

Step 3: Clearly define the goals of your campus card solution and select relevant elements

Step 4: Leverage outside support to tie services together

Step 5: Select a service provider / integration partner

Step 6: Issue multi-technology credentials and upgrade only critical access readers

While it can seem difficult at first glance to know just where to begin a large transition such as a campus-wide Smart Card upgrade, having a plan in place and leveraging tried and true best practices takes the guess-work out of such an endeavor and lays the foundation for a smoother, less costly and successful migration. As such, this White Paper details recommended action items as well as topics to take into consideration during the both the initial planning and first phases of your implementation.

Please read HID Global’s White Paper to learn more about how to implement recommended steps within a best practice migration framework based on real-world Smart Card migration: Best Practice Framework for Smart Card Migration in Six Steps – Colleges and Universities.

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