Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Vanderbilt swipes campus cards for taxi fare

Monday, April 26, 2010

Vanderbilt University’s Student Government unveiled a new taxi payment system that enables students to swipe their Commodore Cards to pay for cab rides.


The new program arose from a partnership between the Vanderbilt Student Government, the Commodore Card office and Taxi USA. Approximately 200 taxis will be equipped with Commodore Card readers to allow students to pay their cab fare.

This summer students will have access to 20 cabs outfitted with the new system to test its effectiveness before the official launch in the fall.

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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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Campus card administrators can certainly relate to one another when it comes to on-the-job experiences. There are times, however, when campus card administrators are called on to handle some unique challenges.

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With the contemporary college student and their smart phone attached at the hip, the use of mobile apps to fulfill daily tasks like door access, laundry and vending has become the new trend.

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Students at the University of Illinois can now use their smart phone to pay for parking at campus meters.

The new Pay By Phone system is up and running at the university’s main campus and according to the Daily Illini could see rollouts to off-campus locations in Champaign and Urbana as well.

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Regulatory action is being proposed in the campus-banking sector, with the U.S. Department of Education releasing its first draft of regulations on campus debit cards that will effectively prohibit certain fees, constrain marketing practices and institute transparency regarding the college-card provider relationship.

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Student purchases made on the University of Wisconsin’s campus – with the university’s Wiscard – are set to be simplified as well as offer additional discounts on food.

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