Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

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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