Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Heartland rolls out mobile applications that increase campus ID functionality

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Campus Solutions division of Heartland Payment Systems has launched three mobile applications for higher education institutions and students, including a mobile payment application that can serve as a virtual campus ID card.

The applications are available for Android and Apple iOS. The apps enable students and administrators to use their smart phones or mobile devices for on-campus purchases and to access information connected to Heartland’s Campus OneCard system, a campus management and multi-functional campus ID card.

The apps include:

  • MyPay, which can serve as a virtual campus ID card in lieu of a physical ID. It can also enable students to make on-campus purchases at bookstores, vending and laundry machines, dining locations and print and copy stations. MyPay can reduce wait times, as students can send their payment information to the point-of-sale terminal while waiting in a checkout line.

  • MyAccount is similar to a traditional bank account app. It enables students to manage their OneCard account, check balances, report a lost or stolen card, add funds, purchase services such as campus events, meal plans or parking passes and upload photos for the student ID system.

  • OneCard Mobile Admin provides school administrators the ability to manage the OneCard System from their mobile device, giving them administrative features and functionality which includes viewing student card use information and managing building and room access control.

“While many higher education institutions are offering mobile apps for campus resources and information such as maps and events, our mobile apps help campuses meet student expectations while staying ahead of the on-campus technology curve,” said Fred Emery, vice president and general manager of Heartland Campus Solutions.

Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass. is scheduled to debut the MyPay mobile app for payments in the student union, other locations on campus and for copy services and vending. [end] 

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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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