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Duke adds mobile features to card system

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

iPhone app, off-campus payments take DukeCard to the streets

Duke University students have been using mobile devices to check their DukeCard account balances for years, but a newly launched iPhone application simplifies access to the card program’s site and makes it easier to perform a range of functions, says Matthew Drummond, director of the campus card office at Duke.

Previously, the DukeCard Office had a mobile-friendly version of its web site that could be viewed on smart phone browsers, but the functionality was limited.

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IDMS, CardSmith’s card printing and production system, continuously updates the company’s transaction system anytime a card is printed or replaced. This means that students can walk out of their campus card office with an active, transaction-ready credential. Providing students with an active ID at the time of issuance eliminates delays associated with batch file processing, a common occurrence in other systems.

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