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Friday, December 9, 2011

Vendors rolling out initial apps for mobile devices

Across markets, smart phones are being used for more than phone calls, texts and email. It is easy to focus on brand new functions, but the biggest impact may be in the way people interact with long-standing services. Handsets are changing banking, retailing, marketing, health care, public service delivery and virtually every other aspect of modern life–including campus card programs.

In May Google announced two new products, Google Wallet and Google Offers. They enable handset-based mobile marketing and payment functionality via near field communication. During the event announcing the product, Google reps highlighted student IDs as an ideal application for their Wallet platform.

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Waukesha County Technical College has started its search for a new banking partner to fill its on-campus location.

A 2009 poll conducted at the Waukesha County Technical College found that 69% of students would use an on-campus bank. Now, the school is seeking proposals for a full-service branch on its Pewaukee campus.

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NFC implementations on campus have been anything but perfect. In fact, between the fractured nature of NFC adoption as a technology, the relatively few university-specific NFC pilots and the rejection by Apple, NFC is far from making the grade.

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Florida Polytechnic University will use CardSmith’s cloud transaction management solution to support the university’s Poly Xpress student IDs. Located in Lakeland, Florida Polytechnic is the state’s newest public university set to open its doors for the first time August 2014.

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The CBORD Group announced that the GET platform, used at colleges across the country, is available as a native smart phone app putting student services at their fingertips 24/7. The platform also supports MICROS order integration enabling online and mobile orders on campus or off.

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Glenn Permalink
December 13, 2011 4:25 PM

Campus locksmith will not have to go around letting kids in their rooms.

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December 15, 2011 5:46 PM

The thing I like the best about Google Wallet is that, unlike many of its competitors, it would allow users to link all of their cards, regardless of brand (Visa, MasterCard, etc.) to their Google Wallet accounts.

From a consumer’s point of view, the best mobile wallet would store all of our cards, as well as cash and checks. What we would not want to have is a clutter of apps for each individual card type or even each card issuer. So Google is moving in precisely the right direction and I hope the promised future versions will build on that foundation. http://blog.unibulmerchantservices.com/google-wallet-goes-live-more-consumer-friendly-version-to-follow

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