Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Smart card program in jeopardy for Jakarta students

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

As many as 250,000 students in Jakarta may lose their academic subsidies after the Jakarta Regional Legislative Council rejected the city administration’s request for a larger budget for the Jakarta Smart Card program.

The smart card program is a component of the larger or Kartu Jakarta Pintar (KJP), an education aid program designed to help underprivileged students in Indonesia’s capital city. According to the Jakarta Education Agency, the city council rejected a request to increase the budget for the program from $68 million $111 million. 

Nigerian public schools to issue smart ID cards

Friday, August 15, 2014

Nigeria’s Osun State Government has launched smart identity card for all public school students within the province. The initiative began with the Salvation Army School, and stresses a commitment on the part of the government to use technology to improve planning, resource allocation and service delivery in the education sector.

The smart card program is backed by leading Nigerian smart card provider, Chams Plc. According to Nigerian news outlet, This Day Live, the smart ID cards will be linked back to a central database that will provide the government with accurate and reliable data on both the identity and number students attending public schools in the state of Osun. 

Tennessee strikes balance between campus, local purchases with ID cards

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A new retail location at the University of Tennessee is raising concerns among local merchants who rely on student purchases to drive business. But the campus is taking a proactive approach, planning to introduce an off-campus merchant program via the student ID.

Owners on Cumberland Avenue, a merchant strip near the Knoxville campus, were reportedly working up a letter to be sent to the university detailing their disapproval over plans to set up a new store in the area. In addition to standard payments, the new location would also accept Vol Card payments that enable students to make purchases at campus bookstores, clothing shops and restaurants. 

Senate Banking hearing considers campus card and bank partnerships

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Senate Banking Committee Hearing

A recent US Senate Banking Committee hearing addressed issues that could determine the future of campus card bank partnerships. Though many expected ID cards and aid delivery to be a minor topic in comparison to other Title IV financial aid related issues, it dominated much of the discussion during the hearing titled “Financial Products for Students: Issues and Challenges.”

The following article highlights key testimony, including an opposition letter from the seven Kansas state system institutions, a US PIRG representative outlining the consumer advocate position against these accounts, and finally a banking association president’s case for the positives provided by bank and campus partnerships. 

SUNY Cobleskill adds Agilysys POS to extend CardSmith system

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The State University of New York (SUNY) at Cobleskill has selected the Agilysys’ Eatec inventory and procurement system and InfoGenesis point of sale system to streamline the university’s food service operations. The new system integrates with the institution’s CardSmith mealplan and campus card system, and will manage more than 3,500 meals each day at nine campus-dining facilities. 

Malta university migrates from smart card to bank accounts for grants, payments

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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.

The new system will process federal grants electronically to bank accounts for all eligible students, rather than use the university smart card. KSU officials claim this will provide added flexibility for students when purchasing educational materials and buying products online. 

Blackboard acquires CardSmith

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Blackboard acquires CardSmith

Blackboard acquired rival campus card vendor and cloud-system provider, CardSmith. The acquisition broadens Blackboard’s system deployment capabilities adding an established software-as-a-service option to its traditional on-premise offering.

In its ten-year existence, CardSmith built a multi-tenant cloud technology alternative to hosted card systems, enabling both universities and K-12 environments to deliver student ID solutions without the need to host software or physical servers on campus. As a result of the acquisition, Blackboard can now deliver both cloud and locally hosted solutions.