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Edmonton Transit Runs First Test of Smart Card Technology

The city of Edmonton, Alberta is running tests on a new smart-card program for their Light Rail Transit System. The new system would replace tickets and passes as the way to pay for rides.

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Secure Government ID Cards Issued to Toledo Waterfront Workers

Workers on Toledo's waterfront will soon be required to carry Transportation Worker Identification Cards in order to gain access to secured areas. Along with the high-security cards, new card readers will be installed at waterfront terminals.

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Gauteng Expands Health Smart Card Pilot Program

In Gauteng, South Africa, a pilot program is phasing in the use of health smart cards in medical facilities. The cards contain patient information, and act as a way to maintain more accurate records while reducing paperwork.

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Opus Smart Cards Introduced for Montreal and Quebec Public Transit Systems

Public transit systems in Montreal and Quebec are set to begin issuing smart cards that aim to reduce fare fraud and cut down on lines at metro stations. The “Opus” smart cards feature rechargeable microchips.

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CTA Tests Smart Transit Cards for High School Students

The Chicago Transit Authority is testing out new smart card IDs for high school students using public transportations. The new ID cards offer speed and convenience for those riding the rails on a daily basis.

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James Logan High School Improves Security with ID Badge Program

After a year-long security review, James Logan High School, in Union City, Calif., is implementing an ID program which will require all students and teachers to wear badges at all times on school grounds.

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Ricoh Arena Issues Season Ticket Smartcards

Coventry's Ricoh Arena will launch a new smartcard payment program next football season. The cashless payment cards are meant to reduce waiting periods at entry turnstiles, as well as food kiosks.

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University of Chicago Introduces RFID Student IDs

Students at the University of Chicago will receive new ID cards for the upcoming spring quarter. The new cards will feature RFID technology for improved security and convenience.

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Emergency Responders Receive ID Badges for Disaster Relief

Emergency responders in White County, Ark. are being issued ID badges in preparation for future disaster relief efforts. The badges will help to identify those qualified to respond in emergency situations.

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BART Stations to Install Smart Card Bike Lockers

Cycling commuters who use Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) will soon be able to store their bikes in special "e-lockers" before boarding a train. Locker access is provided when a smart card is inserted into a computerized reader embedded in the locker.

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Smart Card Payment System Used For Canadian Water Fill Stations

Pre-loaded smart cards are now required for anyone purchasing water from Thunder Bay’s water fill stations. The cards add convenience for residents using the fill stations, while all fees collected go right back into maintaining the stations.

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Waco City Employees to Receive Standardized ID Badges

Last week, city employees in Waco, Tex. were issued ID badges in an effort to improve safety. The standardized ID badges are part of a pilot program that is expected to expand to other departments shortly.

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Oakland Airport Gets on the Fast Track with 'Clear' Smart Card Program

Beginning in April, the Oakland International Airport will allow frequent travelers to use a smart card program, known as "Clear," to pass through security more swiftly. The program prescreens travelers, then issues them a special Clear card.

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El Paso Police Upgrade Their ID Cards

The El Paso Police Department is issuing new ID cards to its officers so they’ll have a more secure form of identification that can be used for access control, and for identity verification during traffic stops.

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Virginia Schools Implement New Electronic ID Program

The school system in Virginia’s Prince William County is set to begin using a new electronic ID program that will be used to perform background checks and print temporary badges for all visitors on school grounds.

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PATCO Rolls Out Smart Cards for Easy Fare Payment

The PATCO rail line, which operates between New Jersey and Philadelphia, is ready to debut the “Freedom Card,” a fare payment program that offers riders the convenience of reloadable smart cards.

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Washington State to Issue ID Cards to Convicts upon Release

Offenders released from Washington state prisons will soon be able to obtain photo identification courtesy of the Department of Corrections. The cards can aid them in obtaining new driver’s licenses, employment, and housing.

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Logan Cab-Dispatch Hails New Smart Card System

Boston’s Logan International Airport is installing a new smart card system intended to speed up the process of dispatching taxis for travelers waiting at its terminals.

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Armstrong County to Use ID Cards for Emergency Responder Identification

New ID cards will properly identify individuals authorized to respond to emergencies in and around Southwestern Pennsylvania, including the city of Pittsburgh. The system will make it easier for responders to quickly provide their services, rather than wasting valuable time having to wait to prove their credentials.

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Central National Bank Supports Innovative Prepaid Student ID

Students at Slippery Rock University can now use their student IDs as fully-functional debit cards thanks to a unique collaboration with Central National Bank. The cards can be used at area businesses and select ATMS both on and off campus.

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Gurgaon Hi-Tech Toll Plaza Employs Contactless Smart Cards

Commuters traveling along India’s Delhi-Gurgaon highway will soon be able to use contactless smart cards for enhanced speed and efficiency when passing through the new 32-lane automated toll plaza.

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New ID in the Cards for Texas Police Officers

The Amarillo Police Department is taking steps to institute a new ID card for officers. The move is prompted by the requirements of a new House Bill as well as recent incidents involving individuals claiming to be police.

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Presto! Greater Toronto Transportation Authority Phasing in Smart Card Solution

Ontario -- The Greater Toronto Transportation Authority (GTA) has announced plans to begin testing its new “Presto” card system. The Presto program features debit-card-sized smart cards that can be used to pay fares for public transit across the region.

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Toronto Area Hospitals Find Security Cure in Smart Cards

Hospitals in the Toronto area are opting to switch from magnetic swipe cards to contactless smart cards in an effort to enhance overall security and make building access control more effective and reliable.

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Village of Bolingbrook Improves Resident ID Program

A new resident ID program, created by the Bolingbrook Park District, assures that village residents will receive a lower rate and priority in registering for parks programs.

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Contactless Cards Put Cyclocity Bike Program in High Gear

Cyclocity, a self service-bike rental application that utilizes RFID card technology, is spreading its reach into new markets including Paris and Seville. The program, which originated in Lyon, France, allows users to rent bicycles at self-service stations as a way to augment public transport.

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New Program Looks to Standardize ID Verification for Contractors

A pilot program developed by the New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters and the Building Contractors Association of New Jersey aims to up the level of security for contract workers by conducting detailed background checks and issuing worker ID cards.

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Thai School Requires Parents to Carry School ID, too

After a host of complaints and concerns regarding the safety of schoolchildren after the day is over, administrators at the Kajonkietsuksa school in Phuket, Thailand have implemented a plan which is hoped to appease parent worries about their children....

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Operator Identification Gets Helping Hand with New ID Card Program

Mentor, a professional training company in the UK, has created a new ID card program designed to reduce the risk of accidents involving workplace transport and equipment designed for the handling of materials.

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Smart Cards Proposed for Causeway Linking Johor and Singapore

Putrajaya -- Malaysia and Singapore are exploring the idea of utilizing smart cards to facilitate the process of traveling across the causeway that links Johor and Singapore.

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School District Institutes Employee Identification System

Florida -- As part of an effort to enhance security district-wide, Florida’s Leon County School District will soon operate under a new identification system that requires every school employee to wear a photo ID badge. This includes full-time and part-time employees, volunteers, contract workers and vendors.

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Lehigh Valley Hospital Implements RFID Badges for OR Patients

Pennsylvania -- Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network will soon utilize ultra-wideband (UWB) RFID technology in order to more effectively track surgical patients, and improve communication between staff, patients, friends and family.

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Montreal Issues ID Cards for Kids

Montreal -- In an effort to speed up the process of locating missing children, the city of Montreal has unveiled a new ID card program for kids. The cards will feature the child’s photo, a fingerprint, and other important information that could prove useful for police in search of a lost young one.

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Binghamton University ID Cards Offer More Bang for the BUC$

Binghamton, NY -- New York’s Binghamton University has incorporated debit-card like accounts into its BUC$ campus ID card program, allowing students, faculty and staff to make purchases on and off campus with their IDs.

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South Georgia High School to Require ID Badges for Students

Albany, Geo. -- Dougherty County High School students returning from spring break will be issued new ID badges as part of an effort to create a safer school environment. The badges will help to distinguish students from potentially dangerous intruders.

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Port of Houston to Issue Fingertip ID Cards

Houston, Tex. -- As part of an effort to meet the requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act, the Port of Houston will begin issuing new ID cards containing worker fingertip templates.

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Massachusetts IHOP Stops Asking for Photo ID

QUINCY, Mass. -- John Russo has been a victim of identity theft. So when he was asked to fork over a photo ID just to be seated at an IHOP pancake restaurant, he flipped.

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Minnesota Schools Require ID to Enter Basketball Games

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minneapolis School District, in response to fights and other altercations at basketball games, is now requiring fans to present a photo ID before being allowed into some basketball games

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New ID cards for Dutch defence employees

15 December 2006
The Dutch Defense Telematics Organization (Defensie Telematica Organisatie) has instructed the Siemens Business Services and Getronics PinkRoccade consortium to supply a new identity card ...

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Official accused of issuing fake National ID card

[TamilNet, Saturday, 09 December 2006, 12:13 GMT]
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police arrested a former Assistant Director of Department Registration of Persons...

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Malaysia to introduce new ID card for foreigners

The Malaysian Immigration Department will introduce a new identity card with security features for...

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Heathrow tests biometrics

POSTED: 7:39 a.m. EST, December 6, 2006
LONDON, England (CNN) -- A system using fingerprint scanning and face recognition systems, designed to speed up passenger transit times and increase security, is beginning a trial at Heathrow airport's Terminal 3.

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Smart idea planned for 'Access' card

IN a world first, Australians could personally own a microchipped card which gives them access to services...

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ID card procurement timetable revealed

But tendering process won't start before April 2007

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High-tech high
Phila.’s School of the Future opens with laptops, smart cards, and almost no books.


By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's $63 million "School of the Future" - built under the guidance of Microsoft Corp. and hailed as a first-of-its-kind model for technologically advanced schools worldwide...

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U.K. Plans to Introduce ID Cards for Foreign Residents by 2008

Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Foreign citizens living in Britain will have to hold an identification card by 2008 under a 5.4 billion pound ($10 billion) program to roll out ID cards to everyone in the country.

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Congress Considers Bill Requiring Strict Voter ID Regs

by Shreema Mehta
Voters who do not have the documentation would be able to fill out a provisional ballot, but would have to submit identification within 48 hours of casting a vote.

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