Universities have many different constituencies using their campus facilities and resources. If a school uses separate forms of identity to control access to physical and logical systems, it can lead to gaps in access management — whether it’s for faculty, visitors, or support staff. In addition, access cards, passwords, and hardware tokens are cumbersome to personalize, issue, manage, and revoke, leading to further gaps in security
Usher helps universities secure access to laboratories, athletic facilities, and important information systems by using digital badges deployed on smartphones. With Usher, universities can issue digital badges to faculty and staff so they can access physical entryways as well as university systems and applications, conveniently and securely. Visitors and alumni can also be given temporary, customized levels of access to the digital and physical campus ecosystem. Usher lets users unlock doors and gates simply by walking up to them or tapping a digital key on their phone. Usher can help ensure that only authorized personnel have access to restricted areas or to sensitive information. It provides a variety of options for strong, convenient multi-factor authentication including push notifications, biometrics, one-time passwords, face-to-face validation, and Bluetooth proximity. It also generates back-end telemetry data on user behavior and location so campus security and administrators can maintain an in-depth view of activity on school grounds.