Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

International student ID aims for a greater purpose

Monday, April 5, 2010

The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) issued to students in Taiwan has now become a multi-purpose card, according to a Taiwan news report.

Previously used by traveling students to obtain cheaper flights, the card can now be used as a student ID, an Easy Card for public transportation and an I-cash card, for making small purchases.


So far five schools in Taiwan have signed on to use the ISIC and more are planning to join, says the director of the Kang Wen Culture and Education Foundation.

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The University of New Brunswick is adding a unique feature to its campus ID by harkening back the oldest payment method around, cash.

The new university identification cards double as cash cards that can be used at selected businesses on campus. The new IDs have seemingly been a big hit, as an estimated 1,100 students have already made the switch to the new credential.

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Student Beans ID is a new iOS app designed for college students seeking to use their campus ID for student discounts. The app acts as a digital student ID, enabling users to discover and access thousands of student discounts in and around campus.

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Social verification specialist Trulioo has teamed up with ID document verification startup IDChecker.com to develop a mobile technology that could replace the university student ID card.

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