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Power LogOn Brings Access Control to School Facilities

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Security management technology provider Access Smart earlier this month debuted Power LogOn Administrator 4.0 for educational institutions. The solution includes features for identity management, transactions, and building and network access using smart card technology.

Power LogOn Administrator is a security system that based around smart cards, which contain users' passwords, student IDs, employee IDs, and other personal information to allow (or deny) individual access to data and facilities.

"By issuing smart cards, we have greater central control over who can access what information at any given time," said Karen Clay, information technology director for the Carlos Rosario International School in Washington, DC, which recently deployed Power LogOn. "Since only IT possesses all logon codes, the risk of information leaking to unauthorized persons is immensely reduced, and students and faculty no longer have to manage various passwords." The school has issued 1500 cards to date. Future plans for expanding the cards' functionality include cashless payments for purchases on campus, as well as a program for alumni to remotely access pertinent information."

The Power LogOn Administrator Starter Kit starts at $129.99 for a card reader, software, smart card, and 30 time-limited licenses. Educational and volume discounts are also available.

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Executive Producer David Nagel heads up the editorial department for 1105 Media's education publications — which include two daily sites, a variety of newsletters and two monthly digital magazines covering technology in both K-12 and higher education.

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