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Opus Smart Cards in Canada rolled out to students

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Some 226,000 students in Montreal are being issued an Opus Smart Card that will give them discounts on public transportation to and from school. The cards, which cost about $12 U.S. a year, will also help reduce user fraud since the card is personalized and non-transferrable. Also, if a card is reported lost or stolen, the card is blacklisted and can no longer be used.

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Contract changes and expirations have caused a crunch for University of Chicago students looking to top up their ID cards with laundry funds.

The University removed cash-to-card machines from residence halls at the beginning of this academic year, leaving students with just two locations at which they can reload their ID cards for laundry. Now, rather than having machines located in residence halls, the students must report to two central locations, a campus convenience store and Bartlett Hall, a highly trafficked building that contains a dining hall, and other student resources.

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Students attending the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus can now ride Pinellas County buses for free when they show drivers their student ID.

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Preferred names on student IDs have been a hot topic on campuses recently, and it seems that the trend has crossed the border to Canada.

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Mississippi Sate university is takes its football seriously, in particular its student admissions. The university sent out a mass email last week reminding students of the proper usage of their ID cards come game day.

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Indiana University’s Student Association has passed a resolution that will allow students’ preferred names to appear on their IDs rather than their legal names.

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The state road transport of Kolhapur, a province of southwest India, is simplifying student travel with a new smart card system and production facility.

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