The campus ID card at the University of Calgary, Canada is used by students for an array of daily activities from security identification to gym access, and future plans are to expand the system even further, according to a student newspaper.
The school plans to replace traditional payment methods at vendors with the Campus ONEcard, the university’s multipurpose identification, debit and access card used across campus. “We’d like to see more third-party vendors, maybe in the food court downstairs or maybe even off campus,” said Trevor Rempel, the university’s business manager for residence and ancillary. Only a select amount of vendors currently accept the card.
Officials say that students currently spend several hundred thousand dollars for laundry every year using a separate card, and the new system should simplify the process and reduce the number of cards students need to carry.
With no signature required or pin to punch in, the new system will provide faster transactions than traditional forms of payment and cut down on long lines and waits for services. The university found it took half the time to pay with the ID card compared with debit or credit.
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