Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Pitt upgrades campus card, prepares for new transit system

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The University of Pittsburgh has partnered together with the Port Authority of Allegheny County, as part of a regional transit partnership, where the two test a new smart card fare system, according to a local news brief.

The university recently upgraded its Panther Card to compatible with the authority’s new ConnectCard system, which now translates into unlimited bus and light-rail rides for its 40,000 students, faculty and staff.


Pitt riders should see the new system in effect next week. The Port Authority of Allegheny County said that if all goes well with the initial testing it plans to expand the cashless fare system to other riders.

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CardSmith in is rolling out real-time account activation for its clients using the company’s IDMS system.

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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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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University of Pittsburgh students, like many other students across the country, use their campus ID to gain access to sporting events on campus. Pitt students, however, cannot transfer tickets from one ID to another, forcing those without a ticket to brave the resale market.

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No more waiting in line for validation stickers to place on student IDs at the Hawaii University’s Mānoa campus. Starting next fall, Kaleo reports that students will be able to validate their IDs electronically at the same time they pay off their student account balance.

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