East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) has partnered with BadgePass to implement the company’s TotalCard solution as the college’s new one card system.
EMCC approached BadgePass in search of an upgrade to its existing campus one card system, and though the system the college had was working, it had grown cumbersome for the IT department to maintain. EMCC wanted to implement a solution that allowed for customized ID card production, while also provided support for dining and meal plan management on campus.
TotalCard was a selected to solve the needs of the college of 5,500. With over a dozen available applications to choose from, EMCC can implement the mission-critical functions they need near term, while also having the flexibility to expand as the campus’ security requirements grow in the future.
“One of our biggest concerns was being able to seamlessly integrate with our existing SIS database for easier card production for students and faculty members,” says Jeff Harrell, Network Administrator at Eastern Mississippi Community College. “We created a few SQL views that include information such as name, ID number, meal plans and housing number. Since all the information comes directly from our SIS system, the library staff, who issue the ID cards, have no extra data entry to do.”
EMCC will leverage TotalCard’s badge production module, Identity Manager, as part of the implementation. “When we switched from our previous software to this, I think we spent 5-10 minutes training the library staff and sent a short email to them to describe the process. It’s that easy,” adds Harrell.
EMCC currently offers a faculty meal plan and three meal plan options for students, which combine meal plans and flexible dining dollars, all of which are easily accommodated for in the flexible TotalCard system. The college utilizes TotalCard’s point-of-sale terminals for dining and meal plan management at three locations on campus, with plans to expand and add TotalCard’s bookstore and access control application’s in the future.