Kennesaw State University (KSU) upgraded its campus card program to a new smart card system, just in time for returning students this fall, according to the KSU Sentinel.
The card will feature two stripes: one gold and one black. The gold stripe is used to access KSU services such as door access, meal plan swipes, KCash machines, and retail register transactions.
The black stripe is part of a bank relationship with Fifth Third Bank that will enable students to use for PIN-based debit transactions.
The third technology, a smart chip, is embedded within the cards to be used with the new tap and go card readers on campus. Based on Mifare technology, the cards offer students the ability to tap their cards at certain locations instead of having to swipe manually.
As part of the bank relationship with Fifth Third Bank, ATMS will be conveniently situated around campus and, opening soon, an on-site customer service center will be located outside of the Card Services Center.
Students will not be required to pay for a new campus card if they turn in their old one. On September 30 the old IDs will be invalid for transactions.