Using the software as a service model, Mount Ida College, Newton, Mass., and campus card solutions provider CardSmith are launching a new card program that will include access control and a prepaid spending account for cashless payments at the school’s dining facilities, bookstore, copy machines, select campus offices and local businesses around the campus and nearby Boston.
The new card will also utilize the college’s new electronic access control system regulating entrance to campus buildings. CardSmith’s business partner, Ingersoll-Rand, will handle that part of the new system.
“Mount Ida College is very pleased to be bringing this new service to our campus” said John Budron, director of auxiliary services. “The card program is launching at the same time we’re opening our new residence hall, so this is indeed an exciting time for the College.”
He said the Mount Ida One Card is designed to “make life here more secure and convenient for our students and families. Our students and authorized guests will have on-line account management features for Mustang Cash including multiple value transfer options and a host of other conveniences.”
The college is also establishing a new web site coupled with a help desk telephone number to provide assistance to students and parents.
“In addition, we are installing a new touch screen POS system for our dining facilities and upgrading support for our campus service providers,” added Budron.
“We are very pleased to be working with Mount Ida College on this ambitious project,” said CardSmith President Jay Summerall. “This is a major upgrade to Mount Ida’s card program, as we are launching a comprehensive service with multiple on-line card applications this summer.”
“Mount Ida has wanted to expand and upgrade the campus card for quite awhile,” said Budron. “CardSmith’s managed service model met our needs because it didn’t require us to acquire card system software or hardware or hire new staff to manage the card system or program operations.”