Pharos 360 is capable of displaying student photos, if available. Photos can either be hosted by the institution or sent securely to Pharos for us to host.
Option 1: Hosted by Institution
The URL for each photo must contain some form of identifier unique to each student. For example, the following URL would contain a student’s user id:
We recommend that your student photos be protected from being accessed publicly. In order of most secure to least, please see below:
- Tied in with the SSO (We strongly suggest that your photos storage site use the same authentication scheme as your access to Pharos 360 in order to minimize the number of steps required by your users to access the photographs.)
- Accessible only to a range of IP addresses (on campus, Pharos / other service providers)
- 'Basic' web authentication
- Open to the world
Since Pharos 360 uses a secure HTTPS connection, the use of any other connection type (i.e. http:// or ﬁle://) may result in a warning dialog being presented to users of some browsers (Internet Explorer in particular).
Option 2: Hosted by Pharos
Our IT team will have a photo directory built so that we can host your student photos. The process will be similar to your data file transfer process except the destination folder will change from 'uploads' to 'photos':
It's preferable that the photo filenames are the Student ID. That will be the easiest way for us to map them.
You can then add this process to the nightly scheduled job, or just send us a new batch of photos a couple times a year.