Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Michigan runs intramurals with low cost hand helds

Tuesday, July 1, 2003

At the University of Michigan (UM), intramural athletics require major league administration. During the 2001-02 school year, the Intramural Sports Program served 21,676 participants and 2,077 teams. There were 100,000 games and events in 44 separate activities. Ensuring that only currently enrolled, fee paying students participate takes an enormous amount of coordination. This summer, UM began using a personal digital assistant (PDA) equipped with a magnetic stripe card reader to verify player eligibility on the athletic fields and generate team rosters. 

Communication the key to improved printer management at University of Cincinnati

Tuesday, July 1, 2003


Picture large trash barrels brimming with paper, overflowing discarded sheets littering the floor. That used to be the scene in the University of Cincinnati computer labs. “We were seeing huge amounts of wasted paper, with our computer lab assistants hauling away barrels of discarded printouts each day. The problem had grown steadily in recent years, due to the increase in online information,” explains Technology Manager Don Rainwater. 

TCF Bank and University of Minnesota to renew U Card Agreement for 10 Years; Agreement to Create New Scholarships

Friday, June 27, 2003

What: U of M Awards U Card Contract to TCF Bank

Millions Of Canadians To Get A Computer On Their Visa Card

Thursday, June 26, 2003

 TORONTO, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 24, 2003–Canada is joining the global migration to a new generation of Visa cards containing a chip with a microcomputer, Visa Canada announced today.

The Visa chip card is capable of supporting multiple applications and data securely, and can make cardholder-specific decisions such as approving or declining transactions without unnecessary communications expense.

“Much of the world has made significant progress in transitioning their Visa cards, merchant equipment and payment card systems over to this advanced technology,” said Derek Fry, Visa Canada Association President. “We are pleased that Canadians will soon begin to enjoy the substantial benefits that Visa chip cards will bring to our payment card market.”

Chip Cards – Tried and Tested

Chip cards have been in use in Canada for a number of years, particularly in telephone cards used in payphones. All Visa cards in France have been equipped with chip technology since 1992.

Approximately 60 million Visa EMV chip cards are in use around the world and millions more Visa EMV chip cards are being issued every month. There are major conversion programs underway in Europe and Asia. In line with the rest of the world, Visa chip cards in Canada will employ the global standard, EMV, to ensure that Canadian Visa cards work at all Visa merchants around the world.

Benefits of Chip Technology

“Chip technology will offer greater convenience to consumers, provide added protection to merchants, enhance the Canadian payment card system, and provide future services we can only begin to imagine,” Fry said.

Chip technology can securely store and encrypt confidential information. The chip is virtually impossible to copy and has the power to be programmed with spending and usage limits making it possible to authorize transactions off-line. Chip technology will enable a host of additional features including a choice of applications such as loyalty, access control, rewards, and public transit passes.

One significant improvement for the consumer will be the use of a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at the point of sale rather than a signature. In a survey conducted in January 2003, 61 percent of Canadians said they would prefer entering a PIN at the point of sale.


Visa Canada Member financial institutions will implement chip at their own pace. It is expected that within seven years, almost every Visa card in Canada will feature chip technology and most merchants will have the equipment to accept and fully benefit from these cards.

Visa Canada will continue to work with stakeholders who have an interest in the payment card business and our chip migration program. Our intent is to help all parties make the transition to chip technology smooth by giving them the support and information they need. In this respect Visa will draw on its extensive experience from chip implementations around the world.

USA Technologies' e-Port™ Implemented in M&M'S® Branded Vending Program

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

WAYNE, PA., June 4, 2003 - USA Technologies, Inc., (OTCBB: USTT) and Masterfoods USA, a division of Mars, Incorporated, announced today that the company is the latest to offer the e-Port™ cashless payment system in their M&M’S® branded snackfood and ice cream vending machines. Masterfoods USA is the latest in a list of global consumer products companies to offer e-Port™ to meet the growing consumer demand to enact a vending purchase with a credit or debit card. 

Smart Centric Announces chip based and biometric secure computer access

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Today, Smart Centric Technologies International Limited launches a new value added application to SmartCity® allowing smart card enabled logon to Windows 2000 PCs. SmartCity® Logon is a chip based product that to allow card holders to logon to local or domain controlled Windows 2000 based PCs using their SmartCity® Smart Card . It can be used for both personal PCs and PCs used in public area computers such as Libraries and computer laboratories.


Blackboard Inc. Announces Reseller Agreement with MICROS Systems, Inc.

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Companies to Deliver Integrated Offering to Benefit Higher Education Clients

Washington, DC — June 11, 2003 — Blackboard Inc., a leading enterprise software company for e-Education, has signed a value added reseller agreement with MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRS), a leading provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality industry, to resell MICROS Point-of-Sale (POS) systems into the U.S. higher education market.