Nova Southeastern University chooses SmartCentric and Siemens CI to create a complete Campus Smart Card Solution
Nova Southeastern University (NSU) has chosen SmartCentric Technologies International Ltd (SmartCentric) and Siemens Communications Inc. to create a one card solution for all their campus card needs. NSU is the largest independent institution of higher education in the Southeastern United States. In a unique partnership announced today, NSU will provide their students, faculty, staff, and community patrons with the SmartCity® multi-application smart card solution and the Siemens® HiPath® SIcurity® family of solutions.
The SmartCity® system, installed in over 90 sites worldwide with over 5 million cards issued, gives NSU the widest range of applications operating today on “One Card”. Utilizing both contact and contactless technologies, Phase 1 applications will include student, faculty, and staff ID cards, cashless purchases at POS, vending machines, Pay for Print, meal plans; a web-based card re-value and cardholder portal, and access control.
The access control portion incorporates both physical and logical applications using biometrics. Immediately following Phase 1 deployment, NSU will implement eTicketing, which will allow NSU cardholders to pay for event tickets over the Internet and load the ticket to their NSU card, making entry to NSU’s University Center (grand opening in August 2006) paperless, quick, simple, and secure.
In subsequent phases, NSU will continue to add applications for both on and off-campus use. Solutions include Off- Campus Merchant programs, parking, transportation, and card based Digital Certificates at the university’s Health Care Centers.
Kieran Timmins, CEO of SmartCentric comments, “I am delighted to be working with NSU and with Siemens on this campus wide solution. The combination of contact and contactless technologies, Biometrics and eTicketing will give NSU a truly integrated and seamless solution.”
John Brueck, Jr., director campus card services for NSU is very pleased with the development. “This partnership with SmartCentric means that we can offer our cardholders a full end-to-end solution, ensuring that our one card will be used everywhere. We are very excited about having a robust and proven solution, based on the leading multi-application, SmartCity.”
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