Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

University's ONE Card will save school money

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is getting ready to launch its ONE Card that consolidates an assortment of features including photo identification, physical access into buildings and parking, library services, meal plans, Blazer Bucks and time and attendance records.

“UAB as a whole is going to save a considerable amount of money in this process by eliminating unneeded card systems,” said Jon Corliss, project manager for the ONE Card Project. “Also, consolidating to a single card per person will bring substantial savings.”

The core project team involves members from Human Resources, Physical Security, Information Technology, Parking & Transportation, and Customer Service and Quality Improvement.

The university is expected to launch the card in December, but re-carding the 30,000 cardholders will probably take up to six months. The only out-of-pocket cost for students would be for lost or damaged cards.

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Contract changes and expirations have caused a crunch for University of Chicago students looking to top up their ID cards with laundry funds.

The University removed cash-to-card machines from residence halls at the beginning of this academic year, leaving students with just two locations at which they can reload their ID cards for laundry. Now, rather than having machines located in residence halls, the students must report to two central locations, a campus convenience store and Bartlett Hall, a highly trafficked building that contains a dining hall, and other student resources.

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North Adams Public School officials have decided to implement a new biometric identification system in school cafeterias that they claim will save time and money.

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St. Edward’s University, like many other institutions, uses student ID cards for physical access to campus buildings as well as to make purchases on campus. These functions are in place as a safety measure and St. Edward’s is making sure to stress this to its students.

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Malta’s Kunsill Studenti Universitarji is ending use of its current smart card system for financial grant delivery and payments, opting instead to transfer grant monies directly to the students’ bank accounts.

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