No more waiting in line for validation stickers to place on student IDs at the Hawaii University’s Mānoa campus. Starting next fall, Kaleo reports that students will be able to validate their IDs electronically at the same time they pay off their student account balance.
By validating the student credential online, students will no longer need to report to a physical location on campus to get the proper validation stamps on their ID, as these privileges will be automatically tethered to the cardholder’s account. This feature comes as part of a larger, eAccounts phase of the Manoa One Card project. Upon registering, students can download and use Blackboard Transact, a mobile app that supports a range of features from financial aid disbursement to financial transactions on and off campus.
The Mānoa One Card, the student credential at Hawaii’s Mānoa campus, can be used for admission into sporting events, access to library resources and food purchases. Students who get the current validation sticker can also use their ID as a bus pass.
Students who use public transit will still need to get the proper validation from the ticket office at Campus Center, at least until the city upgrades to electronic card readers on its buses. University officials expect the obtaining of bus pass functionality to also be more efficient, as the validations would already be on the student’s Mānoa One Card.
The Mānoa One Card also enables students to receive guest deposits from parents or guardians. Parents need only know the student’s University of Hawaii email and last name to deposit funds into that Mānoa One Card account.
The Mānoa One Card is anything but a finished product, as plans are afoot to expand the card’s utilities. The next addition to the system will be the ability to display how many meals students have left on their weekly meal plan, but a future phase of the Mānoa One Card project will enable students to make secure, cashless transactions with the ID.
With Mānoa Money, the university hopes to enable cashless transactions throughout campus, including transactions at vending, laundry and copy machines as well as with various vendors throughout the surrounding the campus community.
This larger, integrated system is expected to take another year to set up as staff install new card readers and configure novel accounting software.