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Contactless cards at Santa Clara University used for more than just payment and access, couponing adds benefits

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
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Blackboard’s new contactless cards deployed at Santa Clara University helped the university meet several needs, according to Jeff Staples, vice president of market development and strategy at the campus card provider.

The university wanted to increase awareness of specials in their dining program so the school put up digital signage at the card office advertising coupons and promotions. They also installed a contactless reader so students could present their cards and download a coupon that could be redeemed immediately at the dining facility.

“It was a fantastic opportunity for the institution to put the power of the contactless element into the students’ hands and give them an opportunity to realize an immediate benefit,” says Staples.

Doctoral students at the University of Zurich have released an open-source tool that could broaden the mobile payment process on campus.

The mobile wallet solutions is called CoinBlesk, and is the brainchild of a group of University of Zurich graduates that wanted to deliver mobile payments using two-way Near Field Communication. The student-led project is being implemented in the university’s cafeteria.

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Students, faculty, and visitors at St. Cloud State University can now bypass the parking meter with a new service that enables parking payments directly from a mobile phone.

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Whether to pre-print static areas of the institution’s cardstock or rely on desktop printers to add all the elements on the fly is an important and debatable topic. There are tangible benefits – both in terms of the cards themselves and the process of issuing them – for a university that pre-prints its cardstock. But there are also drawbacks related to flexibility and timeliness.

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The South Dakota State University student ID has undergone a name change and rebranding. Now called the MyJacks Card, the student credentials maintain their previous functionality but feature a new look.

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Bryan Permalink
September 29, 2010 11:23 AM

What did they download the coupon to? Was it just a $2.00 credit added to their account? What would stop a student from downloading multiple coupons?

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