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UCard Upgrade FAQ

UCard Upgrade FAQs


 What is our current card technology and why is the University changing it?

When the University first began using proximity readers in 1998, we underestimated the growth to today's 400 readers across campus. At the time of the installation, the most current technology was Indala which served its purpose but had no room for future expansion and has a low level of encryption to secure the data on the cards. A large number of our cards today are Indala.


 What is the University changing to?

The University is switching to iClass technology, which allows information to be placed onto the cards for future expansion, and offers a much higher level of encryption. We made the switch to iClass in 2007 when it became a prominent standard at that time.


 What is required to be a fully iClass institution?

Upgrading fully to iClass is a two-step process that requires replacing all Indala readers with iClass readers, and replacing all Indala ID's with iClass ID's. Replacing all of the readers will occur over the 2012-2013 academic year.

Fortunately 65 percent of the University already has an iClass UCard and will not be impacted by this upgrade. The remaining 35 percent will be need to visit the UCAPS Office over a 1-2 year period.


 How can I determine whether I have an Indala or iClass UCard?

The type of card you have is printed on the back of your UCard on the bottom left corner (between the magnetic stripe and edge). If your card says "Indala," "Flexpass" or "Motorola" it will need to be replaced at some time. If your card says "iCLASS" you do not need to replace your card. The different logos can be found below:

iClass vs Indala


 What if I do not get my card replaced?

We have taken measures to allow older cards to continue working on all doors, but the biggest impact will be seen at the parking gates. In our high volume lots we have installed long-range readers that allow you to use your UCard between 18" and 22" which helps the flow of traffic significantly.

As we upgrade all of our readers over the 2012-2013 academic year, Indala cards will no longer work on long range readers due to some power constraints. While there will be a standard-range reader (approximate range of 2-3") on the stand, you will want to be able take advantage of the longer ranges.

The first long-range iClass reader was installed at the Riverside Lot (Sparks Street Gate 1) on April 19, 2012.


 If I have an Indala card when should I get it replaced? Is there a cost to me?

There is no cost to upgrade your Indala card to an iClass card, provided it is the currently active card we have on file. If you do not return your old UCard, or it is not the active card we have on file, you will be required to pay the $20 replacement fee.