Hot Spots (TigerCard Validation)
A Keyless Lock Hot Spot is a computer hardware device used to validate and update your TigerCard for use within the keyless lock system.
How to Validate/Update Your TigerCard (Hit the Hot Spot)
- Find any installed Keyless Lock Hot Spot on campus. See Hot Spot Locations or view the Hot Spot Map. Hot Spot locations are also viewable through the iPrinceton mobile app.
- Hold your TigerCard still in front of the Hot Spot. A blue light indicates that the update is in progress.
- TigerCard validation is complete when the light turns green.
Hot Spot Locations
87 Prospect Avenue
Main Lobby, near elevator
200 Elm (Public Safety)
Communications Center Window
Computer Science Building
Lobby, West Wall
Forbes College (2)
North Wing Entry (off main lobby)
Dining Hall Card Checker Station
Frist Campus Center (3)
100 Level, Mailboxes (2)
A Level, Southwest Entrance
Graduate College (2)
Porter's Lodge (near mailboxes)
Procter Hall Card Checker Station
Lobby, East Wall
New South (2)
TigerCard Office, A Floor
Housing Office, 5th Floor
Rockefeller/Mathey Colleges (3)
Madison Hall (2)
Witherspoon Hall, Exterior Entry #4
Community Hall, Gallery (near dining hall entry)
Wilcox Hall, Front Lobby
Exterior, North Wall
How Often Do I Need to Hit a Hot Spot?
2012–2013 Validation Schedule
The first validation occurs during Move-in. You will need to validate your TigerCard four additional times during the academic year. You must hit the Hot Spot by noon on the last day of each of the following validation periods:
October 31–November 7 (following Fall Recess)
January 2–January 9 (following Winter Recess)
January 30–February 6 (conclusion of Fall Term)
March 20–March 27 (after Spring Recess)
Why Do I Need to Hit the Hot Spot?
Hitting the Hot Spot, or validating process, is part of routine maintenance of the keyless lock system. Validating your card relays diagnostic information about your lock, such as battery health, in an effort to manage potential lock malfunctions before they happen.