11 December, 2008
Digital security provider Gemalto is supplying the Banco Santander Universities Group, which currently partners with 700 universities around the world, with multi-functional contactless campus ID cards that can be used as a debit card while controlling access to university buildings.
It is Brazil’s first multi-functional smart card for universities combining EMV payment and contactless access control on a single ID card.
Students at Sao Paulo’s Anhanguera University will be the first to use the card for secure payment, access to campus buildings, and more. Gemalto personalizes each card at its center in São Paulo, then delivers the cards to the universities.
The Gemalto card can be used for a variety of other services and applications. For instance, students have the option to use their card as a Banco Santander EMV debit card, benefiting from the ongoing EMV migration in Brazil.
The University of Campinas, also known as Unicamp in São Paulo, was the first to join in the Santander University program with cards for the EMV payment functionality. Anhanguera will be the first to use the new multi-functional card. Santander University Division has already started distributing the cards to school’s Valinhos, São Paulo campus.
The bank expects that more than 100,000 students will have Gemalto-produced cards by the end of 2008. At Anhanguera University, the contactless card can also be used in libraries and labs. Students can use the card to check out books and to pay at their cafeteria.