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Tianjin Polytechnic To Upgrade Smart Card Security

Tianjin Polytechnic University, a technical university in Tianjin, China will be upgrading its smart card technology in an effort to improve security in payment processing activities campuswide.

The university will be adopting hardware from Switzerland-based Legic to upgrade 3,000 point of service terminals to Legic's "advant" technology and to develop new terminals and access control readers for the entire campus.

Tianjin Polytechnic, which has about 25,000 students, has been using Legic equipment to manage payment processes and access control on the campus. The latest deal will add additional security components.

"Year after year, we issue more than 5,000 new campus cards," said Zhenkai Wan, president of the Academy of Computer Science and Software Engineering. "Thanks to the flexible expandability of the Legic smart card platform, we can now enhance our identification system independently and adapt it to future demands."

The vendor's multi-function card allows the user to combine up to 127 different applications from multiple vendors on the same credential.

Other institutional customers have included the University of Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom; Technische Universität München in Germany; and Işık University in Istanbul in Turkey.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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