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College Students Favor Smart Phones for Access Control

Posted By Dave Simon, Tuesday, May 22, 2012

College students favor smart phones for access control, according to a recent study from Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies and The CBORD Group, Inc. Rather than carry an ID card around to identify themselves at events and access classroom and administrative buildings as well as dormitories, they prefer to use their phone.

In the survey, more than 70 percent of the students said they prefer to use their phone instead of a badge to enter buildings. Students felt that would be less likely to lose a phone than a badge, and would notice more quickly that their phone is missing rather than a badge, another security plus.

This is a forewarning of things to come since students are the up-and-coming consumers. They’ve used hand-held devices for so long that it’s second nature to them. As younger adults move into the workplace, buy homes and further shape the world, more and more of these findings will emerge, and we need to be prepared to incorporate them into our business models.

If your business is involved in the college security market, or if you plan to head that way, it would be wise to heed this trend. Beyond the benefits to students, there are cost savings to colleges in terms of not having to print and reprint badges, and the administrative work that goes into preparing and processing them.

We’ll continue watching for these types of developments to keep you well-informed in the years ahead.

Tags:  access control  college students  security  smart phones 

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