Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Episode 49: Community College card landscape

Monday, March 15, 2010

Community colleges have typically had student ID cards but have not had many applications for them. Jay Summerall, president and founder at CardSmith, says this is changing and talks about the community campus market and the company’s new product with CR80News Editor Zack Martin.



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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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