New contactless card readers are now beginning to appear across campus. The old system, which used magnetic stripe cards, is being decommissioned. It has been a long, complex process to engineer the replacement system, which included the selection of a contactless secure credential and working with multiple vendors. Information Technology and the Van Pelt and Opie Library worked together to distribute over 8,000 new Michigan Tech HuskyCards to students, faculty and staff this September.
In addition to providing building and room access, the new cards are being used for meals in the residence halls, membership verification at the SDC, Experience Tech hockey game entry, and in other creative ways. Now that the new ID cards have been issued, we have begun replacing existing readers. If you encounter a new card reader, just tap and go. In the meantime, the older readers that are being phased out will read the gold magnetic stripe on new HuskyCards.
ITSS already has numerous requests for new locations to be added, and we are working diligently to complete those requests. There are approximately 400 existing card readers that need to be replaced, many of which need immediate attention due to equipment failure. Please contact Information Technology by calling 906-487-1111 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to report any problems, request new locations, or inquire about a card reader application for a special or unique purpose.