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:
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.
WCTV, Tallahassee Florida, news report features ScholarChip secure campus and student safety implementation at Hamilton High School. Hamilton currently uses cafeteria POS, door access, bus attendance tracking and student other accountability systems from ScholarChip.
Opening in fall of 2017, the new elementary school in Hamilton will serve approximately 1000 students and feature ScholarChip access control on all exterior and classroom doors.
Bridgeway Solutions, Inc., a founding member of ARMET Group, is assisting in the sale and integration of the ScholarChip systems at Hamilton High School and at the new Hamilton Elementary. Technical Sales Consultant Kerry Leedle is working closely with Superintendent Thomas Moffses to assist in planning, installation and training for the comprehensive student security solutions.
The DuraSecure ribbon is now available for Zebra's ZXP Series 3 card printers. DuraSecure is a secure, durable and low-cost alternative to the standard YMCK0 ribbons that can greatly improve security and card life.
Two full overlay panels allow custom printing of your logo, emblem or text on the first overlay panel while the second seals the image in another of protection.
In essence, the DuraSecure ribbon gives users a layer to protect the overall image and a layer to carry a design element that is nearly impossible to duplicate thus helping to prevent fraud.
The ZXP Series 3 is a cost-effective and user-friendly ID card printer that produces crisp, photo quality images. Using the YMCK00 DuraSecure ribbon, the ZXP Series 3 creates ID cards with the enhanced security and durability—in one printing cycle instead of two—and without cost of lamination or overlay varnish.
Almost every card program can appreciate the increased security and durability afforded by the ZXP Series 3 and DuraSecure ribbons.
Contact your local ARMET Group Authorized Solution Provider for details.
Celebrating an in-depth week of sales training for the ARMET Group at Bridgeway's home office. ARMET Group a national association of select ID and access management solution integrators focused on sales, support and service of advance identification management products.. Pictured are participating sales representatives with Terrence McGivney (ScholarChip), Mike Bridges (ARMET Principal), Dr. Maged Atiya (ScholarChip founder) and Roger Sigler (President and COO of ARMET Group).
The 4-day training session is the first opportunity for sales representatives to work together and receive advanced training as a group. During the week the group dug into ScholarChip's more than 12 modules that provide enhanced student safety and campus security using smart card technology and CardExchange Producer and Visitor Management solutions using smart card encoding.
L-R: John Colucci from Metropolitan Data Solutions, Pam Walker of Bridgeway Solutions, John Cantrell of Bridgeway, Mason Turner of Newbart Products, Terrence McGivney, Todd McAliley of Automated Card Systems, James Rios of Newbart, Mike Bridges, David Lee of Bridgeway, Greg Smith of Automated Card, Maged Atiya, Grant Houston of Bridgeway, Roger Sigler of ARMET Group, Gary Williams of Midwest Card, John James of Mid-America Business Systems, Natalie Glenn of Midwest and Debbie Fisher of Mid-America.
June 21, 2016 NEW YORK, NY --
PowerSchool's SIS dashboard now features one-click integration with ScholarChip, the largest provider of smart One-Card systems for K-12 in America. PowerSchool Group LLC is the leading provider of K-12 education technology solutions. PowerSchool is the most widely used Student Information System in the Carolinas and Georgia.
K-12 teachers and administrators can now enter ScholarChip's newly enhanced portal and its suite of school safety and operations applications with just one click. The single PowerSchool sign-on provides access to ScholarChip's smart ID card issuance for students and staff as well as other modules for building and classroom attendance, visitor management and tracking, hallway monitoring, cafeteria point-of-sale, physical access, paperless referrals including behavior intervention and tracking.
"Our partnership creates an incredible convenience to schools, counties, and states that use PowerSchool," said Maged Atiya, PhD, ScholarChip CEO/CTO. "And it is a natural progression in ScholarChip's evolution as the K-12 standard for integrated school safety and operations systems."
The ScholarChip plug-in is available free of charge for PowerSchool version 8.7 or later.
PowerSchool provides best-in-class, secure, and compliant K-12 education technology solutions, including student information and learning management systems, registration and school choice, assessment and analytics, and special education case management. PowerSchool empowers teachers and drives student growth through innovative digital classroom capabilities and enables parents and students to access real-time information on grades, attendance, assignments, scores, and comments.
"This partnership is a perfect fit for our customer base," said Karin Holtz, VP of Alliances and Business Development at PowerSchool. "Collaborating to create a seamless integration for schools and districts to manage school safety and operations processes will improve staff efficiency, allowing educators to spend more time in the classroom and less time on administrative tasks. ScholarChip's solutions complements our strategic focus on providing an easy-to-use, engaging, and comprehensive solution for all K-12 school and district needs inside and outside of the classroom."
Click here for more information about ScholarChip.
ARMET Group Partners with ScholarChip and Zebra for K-12 Smart ID Card Starter Kit Program and Subsidy
ARMET Group, based in Morganton, NC announces the Affordable Smart Card ID Initiative, a cutting-edge program for K-12 schools to implement ultra-secure smart ID card systems for students and staff. Smart cards fulfill an immediate security need for K-12 schools and are a straightforward path to advanced student and campus safety solutions.
ARMET Group Authorized Solution Providers provide sales, service, solution integration and support for ID hardware and software solutions. Located across the continental US, these industry leaders include Bridgeway Solutions, Higgins Corp., Legend ID, Metropolitan Data Solutions, Midwest Card and Newbart Products.
“A safe environment is key to learning, growing, and productivity. Knowing who is on campus and why helps administrators provide the safety and security students deserve and rely on to thrive. Visual identification is the first step in a comprehensive access control and identification management system,” said Mike Bridges, CEO and Chairman of the ARMET Group.
ScholarChip's Smart ID Card Starter Kit is a comprehensive Smart ID Card Solution targeted to meet the needs of underfunded K-12 campuses. Schools can now afford to use smart, chipped cards, which are much more secure and that provide a variety of functions including attendance and point of sale. Schools purchasing the Starter Kit may also qualify for a subsidy to make the program even more affordable.
“Every child in America deserves a safe school environment, and we are creating this initiative so that every student has the chance to be safe, especially those in underfunded school districts,” said Maged Atiya, PhD, ScholarChip CEO/CTO. “Our group of companies is offering this subsidy so that K12 schools can introduce or upgrade to proven Smart ID card technology easily and cost effectively.”
ScholarChip Smart Card ID Starter Kit comes complete with:
Subsidized pricing for the Starter Kit is based on spending per student and free and reduced lunch ratios. The subsidy is available to districts that have no ID card systems in place; those that want to improve their card printer hardware; or those that want to upgrade their existing ID system from plain plastic or swipe cards to new Smart ID Card technology. The Smart Card ID Starter Kit makes enhanced student safety and campus security more affordable than ever - especially for those schools or districts qualifying for the 2016 subsidy. Apply now.
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