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End of Plastic ID Card Era

The mobile student ID card system is under development, with plans to replace the plastic ID card completely. It is planned to be issued to students from August onwards. The Information Management Team is overseeing the whole system. The system is designed to reduce the expenses charged for reissued plastic ID cards, increase student convenience, and be part of the construction of a Smart Campus.
 
With the support of VAN(Value Added Network) company, which provided 200 million won for the system, a new website where students can be issued their new ID cards will open after completion of the project. The mobile ID will allow access to Namsan Residence Hall and the Central Library. Plus, from September onwards, a payment function will be fully operational through the Living Cooperative Association. The gates of Central Library will all be replaced by the end of July with the ones that can recognize mobile ID cards. After a trial at the Central Library, gates at the Namsan Residence Hall will also be changed eventually. Also, bar codes on all products stocked by the Living Cooperative Association will be linked to mobile ID cards.

Additionally, the mobile ID card has an anti-theft system installed inside. At other universities including Seoul National University, Sogang, Hanyang, and Sungkyunkwan University, ID card theft and hacking problems exist. In order to prevent such crimes, an encrypted two-dimensional bar code, also known as QR code will be applied, and it changes automatically every hour, so no one except the owner can use it. Furthermore, if a mobile ID card is scanned or transmitted to other devices, its image automatically breaks into pieces.

Those convenient functions and efforts made to improve safety can bring about positive effects. An improvement of student life quality, easier student management, and an enhancement of the sense of belonging can be expected.

However, this mobile student ID card will not be issued by the school automatically, unlike the plastic ID cards. Each student has to access the online websites and verify themselves through an identification process in order to have their mobile card issued. Due to this, the project will achieve only limited success if students do not subscribe actively. Lee Hee-jung, a section chief of Information Management Team, said, “All students have to put their personal information on the website, so we are now planning an extensive promotion in July. This infra-construction was started by the need of students so we hope they participate eagerly and give full support when the mobile ID card service is launched.”

Yang si-young  sea0378@dongguk.edu

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