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Re: [K12OSN] smart cards



On Wed, 2003-07-30 at 16:28, Quentin Hartman wrote:
> On Fri, 2003-07-25 at 04:06, Robert wrote:
> > I'm investigating the feasibilty and cost of using smart card technology for
> > user access. Has anyone done this yet - all comments are welcome
> > benefits:
> >  -unified student id cards and system access
> > -secure login with user defined pin#, no need for username/password
> > cons:
> > -hardware and cost
> 
> Just playing devil's advocate here, but wouldn't this just increase your
> administrative overhead for no good reason? You still have to setup home
> directories and user names, even if the students don't use them to
> authenticate. So instead of managing username and password, you are
> managing usernames and PINs (which _will_ get forgotten), and then also
> have to worry about lost / stolen cards. What happens when a kid forgets
> their card at home and needs to get on a system? What happens when the
> card reader breaks? Do you really have any information or network
> resource that is valuable enough to justify this expense, both in terms
> of cash outlay for the equipment and the additional overhead of
> maintaining a more complex (and likely more fragile) system?

Agreed but its sooo coooll!   :-)




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