2017 Veterans Day Observance
Carolinas HealthCare Blue Ridge (CHBR) held their annual Veterans Day observance on Friday, November 10 at the Morganton Campus. CHBR Senior Vice President Thomas Eure welcomed local and regional business leaders, elected officials and honored veterans before introducing JROTC members from East Burke, Freedom and Draughn High School for arrival of the colors.
After the Roll of Honor was read, CHBR President and CEO, Kathy Baily delivered the community’s Expression of Gratitude and welcomed J. Michael Bridges, Chairman of the Carolinas HealthCare Blue Ridge (CHBR) Board of Directors and President of Bridgeway Solutions, to the podium for the formal introduction of the keynote speaker, North Carolina’s Lt. Governor Dan Forest.
Music was provided by Draughn, East Burke, Freedom and Patton High School Choruses presenting the national anthem, “God Bless America” and closing the ceremony with “A Parting Blessing.” A luncheon followed for all attendees.
For Immediate Release
July 10, 2017 (Morganton, NC) – Bridgeway Solutions, Inc., the Southeast’s leader in full-service secure identification and access management solutions, has named Pamela Walker of Morganton as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, effective July 1, 2017. Walker was selected as the new VP based on her proven expertise in marketing and brand management, strategic planning and organizational leadership. In her new role, Walker will provide sales and marketing direction for Bridgeway’s representatives covering the Carolinas and Georgia, as well as future geographic and vertical market expansion.
“When Pam joined Bridgeway as Marketing Manager she brought a fresh perspective and energy to our marketing and sales efforts. Her creativity, leadership and organizational skills quickly enabled us to promote her to Director of Marketing and soon after, she was charged with management of our inside sales team. Pam nurtures the strengths and capabilities of her direct reports, allowing them to grow professionally. I am certain that she will be quite effective motivating Bridgeway’s sales and marketing staff toward a stronger, more expansive market share,” said J. Michael Bridges, President and CEO of Bridgeway Solutions.
“I am proud to play a part, however small, in the wellbeing, strength and security of our customers, especially our schools, first responders and healthcare facilitates throughout the Southeast. I am excited to take on the challenge of managing our sales staff and will do my best to support their efforts. My goal is to enable them to achieve maximum sales profitability and career potential,” said Walker.
David Lee, General Manager, considers Walker a knowledgeable team player. “It doesn’t matter what is asked of her, Pam is always ready to do whatever she can to move projects along and assist our customers. From computer support to advanced reporting, Pam is efficient and exceedingly capable,” said Lee.
In addition to her duties at Bridgeway Solutions, Walker will continue in her support role for ARMET Group, LLC. Late in 2015, Walker was tasked with developing branding and marketing structure for ARMET Group, an association of elite resellers offering the innovative identification and access management solutions. “Pam has done an amazing job putting together a cohesive brand and establishing our national marketing strategy and sales materials. She supports our channel partners and their sales representatives with everything from website development to solutions training and event planning. I am very excited for her and confident that she will be an excellent corporate officer,” said Roger Sigler, COO of ARMET Group.
Prior to joining Bridgeway in September 2012, Walker was the Managing Director at VanNoppen Marketing and Public Information Officer for the City of Morganton from 1996 to 2006.
Walker lives in Morganton with her husband Bill and is a former board member of the Joara Foundation and past Secretary for Burke Habitat for Humanity. She is a talented photographer and enjoys gardening and DYI projects.
Serving the Carolinas and Georgia, Bridgeway Solutions is a secure identification and access management solutions provider. Located at 600 East Union Street in Morganton, Bridgeway proudly represents ScholarChip, Zebra Technologies and other industry-leading hardware and software products.
"Now we have more time to teach"
The ScholarChip One Card is providing Teachers with "more instruction time in the classroom." - Legacy HS Admin.
Watch the report from KFYRTV News. The One Card is being issued at Legacy High School in Bismarck, ND. It is "helping with the efficiency of our Teachers, they get to teach without taking attendance, providing more time for classroom instruction." The ScholarChip One Card is considered the "most cost effective and easy thing to do to take attendance for large auditorium classrooms."
BISMARCK, N.D. - We live in a tap and go world now, and Legacy High School is adding a new technology that makes life quicker and easier for students and teachers.
Legacy is the first school in North Dakota to have a faster automated service that helps take attendance in the classroom. ScholarChip is the new smart ID card-based system that allows administrators to take attendance at a faster rate in large lecture courses.
"It helps us quite a bit in large group because students are able to just scan in on their way in the door. That means that we have way more time for instruction in the classroom," said Dawn Krupinsky, English teacher.
Students at Legacy are excited to be the first school in the state to have this new system.
"It's been pretty cool, it's been a bumpy ride at the beginning, especially for us seniors who've been here for four years. But now that we're finally here, I just wish I could have been here for longer," said senior Naomi Gross. "It's pretty cool because you can just go in and scan in. You don't have to write your name anywhere, you just have to do a simple thing," said Freshman Roy Alicia.
Ryan Riehl, the assistant principal at Legacy says ScholarChip is the most cost-effective, easy thing to do to take attendance for large auditorium classes. "It's helping with not only the tracking of kids, but the efficiency of our teachers and our teachers now get to teach instead of take attendance," said Riehl.
Students say they are happy the school is giving them responsibility by allowing them to have this new technology. So far, Legacy High School has 18 Scholar Chip card readers. If it keeps going well, they plan on adding the readers in every classroom.
Concerns about security are deepening on campuses nationwide.
While institutions of higher learning strive to remain true to academia’s long standing mission of promoting personal growth and expression of students in an open learning environment, they are increasingly challenged to make their campuses more secure – financially, operationally and physically.
Learn more about nationwide campus safety statistics as well as how some campuses are responding.
* Sources: U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE) • College Stats • The National Sexual Violence Resource Center • Armed Campuses • Tenable Network Security • College Parents of America
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - April 11, 2017) - ScholarChip®, the largest provider of smart ID cards for K-12 schools, announces that Fairfax, Va. County Public Schools, one of the largest districts in the country, has installed 125 ScholarChip's Visitor Management systems in its elementary, middle and high schools. Installation of 200+ buildings will be completed by June, 2018.
With a population of more than 186,000 students in pre-K through grade 12, the district tracks thousands of visitors a day. With the ScholarChip Visitor Management program, when a visitor, vendor, or volunteer comes to a school, their drivers' license is scanned, an integrated national database for sex offenders is searched, and if the person is approved, they are issued a nametag for entry to the school.
The ScholarChip system efficiently collects and catalogs information electronically on visitors who want access to Fairfax County Public Schools; administrators are able to use real-time reports for auditing purposes and in evidence-based decision making.
Creating a safe environment for learning is paramount for any school district, and one of the most vital aspects of safety is knowing who is in a school at any given time. By implementing this program, Fairfax County Public Schools verify identity and gather information on its daily visitors: vendors, volunteers, and those who are picking students up, which keeps its students safer and its schools more secure.
ScholarChip is the largest provider of smart ID cards used for attendance, payment processing, visitor management, secure door access, and behavior management services in K-12. It was first to market in centralizing and integrating School Safety and Operations System with a true one card solution, which operates seamlessly with popular Student Information Systems and NFC mobile devices. ScholarChip's Higher Education services include Tuition Payment Plans, Loan Servicing, Student Retention Services, and a compliant Payment Gateway.
ARMET Group is the exclusive reseller for ScholarChip - Tools for Smarter Schools, brought to individual schools and K-12 districts throughout the U.S. Regional Channel Partners. Bridgeway Solutions is the representative for the Southeast, including Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia.
Secure campus. Safer students.
06 December, 2016
By: Andrew Hudson - CR80 News
ScholarChip, provider of smart ID cards for K-12 schools, has added new portal technologies that connect users to its unified school safety and operations system. The new addition includes an integrated, single sign-on option for school districts using Student Information Systems like PowerSchool, or Microsoft Active Directory.
The new single sign-on feature offers stricter security and saves time by providing quicker access to ScholarChip’s K-12 services include identity management, attendance tracking, visitor management, behavior management, cafeteria POS, physical access, mobile apps and notification services.
“This single sign-on is a major step forward in providing automated, easy-to-adopt operational tools to the K-12 community,” says Maged Atiya, CEO/CTO, ScholarChip. “It brings ScholarChip’s vision of integrated and comprehensive school safety and accountability closer to universal integration with Student Information Systems, which will make school operations more efficient.”
ScholarChip’s single sign-on lowers overall support costs and provides immediate access to safety and accountability software for all school community members. Advantages to administrators, teachers and staff include:
ScholarChip Announces Single Sign-on
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - November 21, 2016) - ScholarChip®, the largest provider of smart ID cards for K-12 schools, announced new portal technologies that connect users to its unified school safety and operations system. This includes an integrated single sign-on option for districts using Student Information Systems (SIS) such as PowerSchool®, or Microsoft® Active Directory®, which serve the majority of American schools.
The new single sign-on offers stricter security and saves time with quicker access to ScholarChip's K-12 services that include identity management, attendance tracking, visitor management, behavior management, cafeteria POS, physical access, mobile apps, and notification services.
"This single sign-on is a major step forward in providing automated, easy-to-adopt operational tools to the K-12 community," said Maged Atiya, PhD, ScholarChip CEO/CTO. "It brings ScholarChip's vision of integrated and comprehensive school safety and accountability closer to universal integration with Student Information Systems, which will make school operations more efficient."
ScholarChip's single sign-on lowers overall support costs and provides immediate access to safety and accountability software for all school community members; it offers many advantages to administrators, teachers and staff, including:
This single sign-on connects with ScholarChip's legacy Management Site, which will be available alongside the new "Management Lite" site and many interconnected applications dashboards for even faster access to ScholarChip services. Enhancements will be added to both systems over time.
ScholarChip is the largest provider of smart ID cards used for attendance, payment processing, visitor management, secure door access, and behavior management services in K12. It was first to market in centralizing and integrating School Safety and Operations System with a true one card solution, which operates seamlessly with popular Student Information Systems and NFC mobile devices.
ARMET Group is the proud partner of ScholarChip providing sales, support, service and training for ScholarChip products nationwide. Click here for a representative in your area.
Apply for the 2017 ScholarChip Smart ID Card Starter Kit Subsidy.
Your prox system may be providing a window of opportunity for hackers to access other cyber systems.
Prox cards - 125kHz proximity cards are in wide use and can make access extremely convenient but they are not as secure as you might think. Increasingly, When a 125kHz proximity card is powered up by getting in “proximity” of a reader, it immediately begins to transmit a fixed binary code number. As a result, it’s also possible to use a device that will trick the card into "powering on" from a distance, allowing the bad guy to read and record its internal data. The stolen information can then be used to gain access using your physical access control system (PACS). It an even provide a gateway to your Intranet or computer systems.
UPGRADE TO SMART CARD TECHNOLOGY
Smart cards contain a computer chip that holds the card’s information. The importance is to make the internal numbers unusable - encrypted. To steal the access data from a card, the potential hacker needs access to the decryption key or password. This encryption is vital to keeping your data secure. Simply stated, the card's identification code is encrypted using an algorithm and a key to generate unique cipher text that cannot be viewed or read without the correct decryption key.
Solutions based on smart card technologies such as ScholarChip can provide greatly improved physical access control as well as identification management, automated attendance, POS and a host of other services. ScholarChip's smart card technology is equal to security levels found in financial institutions and critical security areas.
ScholarChip solutions use MIFARE ISO 14443A, secure, contactless, 80/30 (credit card) plastic card as a token or key. The highly secure, UGID (Globally Unique ID) card carries only an encrypted numerical identifier - no personal information whatsoever. Cards can be issued as dual factor allowing them to work as both a proximity card and smart card ID.
To learn more about security risks with standard Prox cards or the increased security provided by MIFARE smart card technology, please send an email to our Technical Sales Consultants or call 800-333-3608.