The economy and timing issues have forced George Washington University, Washington, D.C. to postpone implementation of its revamped card program that would bring it into the contactless world.
Dubbed Gworld 2.0, the system was to be fully operational by the fall of 2009, but that’s been pushed back a year. Students would have started seeing changes as early as this spring if the plan continued on schedule.
The new cards are to include a tap-and-enter system, rather than the swiping system for access into buildings and residence halls. Focus groups recommended that the new card include a Metro payment option as well as other features that will be phased in after the new program’s establishment. The multi-million dollar project involves replacing more than a thousand card readers.
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