Information Technology Services is playing an important role in the transition to new university identification cards that will also serve as proximity cards to access buildings or rooms on campus.
“Prox cards” offer higher security than keys because when they are lost, or when the cardholder leaves the university, the cards can be deactivated remotely. The Directory and Authentication (DNA) team in ITS-Administrative Information Systems is heavily involved in the project, working in partnership with UI Police, Facilities Management, and the Treasury Office.
The new Iowa One Cards converge electronic identity (HawkID) and physical identity (ID card and prox card). DNA Team leader Chris Pruess co-led the identity convergence project and participated in planning the Iowa One re-carding project. She was also instrumental in the redesign of the card and reviewing the request for proposals for the banking relationship aspect of the card.
Last summer, the DNA team accepted technical support responsibilities that had previously been provided to the ID Card Office through the College of Engineering. As part of the transition, DNA upgraded the Iowa One Card management system to contemporary technologies and performed Social Security Number remediation. Since then, the DNA team has been steadily adding needed features and functionality.
To fully utilize the prox functionality integrated in the new Iowa One plastic card, multiple upgrade projects are planned in the ID Card system, electronic access control systems, and identity management tools and processes. The ITS DNA and Server Support Team (SST) and Facilities Management Key and Access Services are working hard on upgrades to the access-management systems, Millennium and AMAG. Going forward, DNA will continue to add major new support responsibilities for the data management in the access control systems.
“ITS and the University of Iowa appreciate the skills and expertise the DNA Team is contributing to the Iowa One Card project,” says ITS-AIS Senior Director Mike Noel. “This project accommodates the growth in use of electronic access control and is important to the security of our campus. The change should also add convenience for UI students and employees, who will now have one less card to carry.”
Read more about the Iowa One Card’s new look and functionality in this Iowa Now story.