critical. “It was vital to educate and demonstrate how new technology and applications may be of value,” he explains. The driving force behind bringing CHOICE into SDSU’s solution process was residential room access, says Carlisle. The wear and tear on cards within residence halls led SDSU to the decision to migrate to contactless credentials. SDSU launched the contactless cards in June, and Carlisle credits ColorID for aiding in the process. “The support program brought an important level of technical savvy to address production problems and make this a seamless transition,” he adds.
FINDING THE RIGHT FIT While SDSU used one of the options from CHOICE’s menu of services there are other options. Smith explains that there are cer-
tain criteria to identify the right candidates for this type of program, and crucially, how a campus can navigate the menu to get the most out of the program. Smith notes that the program won’t be an ideal fit for all institutions. Small schools
The profile of a typical CHOICE customer is a card office that employs multiple printer stations, and where it’s missioncritical that those printers are always functioning, Smith explains. “The ideal customer is also utilizing contactless cre-
CAMPUSES THAT CAN REALLY SCALE THIS AND BENEFIT ARE THOSE THAT HAVE LARGE OPERATIONS WHERE IT’S MORE THAN JUST PRINTERS with minimal equipment, consumables and service needs are likely already well served by existing depot service models. “Campuses that can really scale this and benefit are those that have large operations where it’s more than just printers,” he says.
dentials or considering doing so in the future. They may also have an interest in other advanced identity technologies such as biometrics and mobile.” ColorID will provide a campus with a sample CHOICE proposal that gives a de-