TORONTO, Ontario (December 10, 2001) – The University of Ottawa (U of O) campus has become a smart campus in more ways than one. This fall, ITC Systems (ITC), a leading supplier of Cash Card Systems technology in North America, took their smart card program campus wide across U of O’s sprawling mid town campus making them one of the most technologically advanced campuses around.
The program, specialized to U of O’s Reprography Service, utilizes a common electronic purse and is the first time the University is undertaking such a project with the smart card technology. ITC is striving to provide the Ottawa campus with the benefit of this new technology. This includes the implementation of Unattended Point of Sale (UPOS) terminals for printer and copier applications that accept the smart cards. In the back office, the transaction processing and settlement software should provide instant reporting and settlement details.
“It’s an exciting time. The potential of taking the smart card program campus wide at University of Ottawa, with all the UPOS applications eventually being implemented, would bolster ITC’s position in this burgeoning market and earmark us as the leader in this arena,” said Campbell Richardson, CEO of ITC Systems. The potential of the smart card is huge for the students, merchants, and the University.”
Considering the large U of O campus and the 25,000 student body enrollment, this is no small undertaking for anyone involved. However, ITC is catering to the needs of the University’s Reprography Service by being the provider of customized smart cards designed and programmed to the University’s own specific user needs. The university will also continue to benefit from ITC’s cost-recovery print software.
To date, reprography staff and students have found that the system is working quite well.
“We’re very pleased with the smart card system across the campus. It was a natural progression for us to choose ITC to take us to this next step,” said Andre Lafleur, Self-serve and Cash Operations Coordinator of Reprography Services at University of Ottawa. “They have been with us every step of the way for over 10 years with the mag stripe systems, and now we move confidently into this next era with ITC Systems.
Credit for the University’s back office software goes to EdgeWare Technologies. This year, ITC provided the U of O Reprography Service with the EdgeWare web-based transactions and reporting system licensed to ITC Systems on a trial basis. To date, this collaboration has been a positive one all around.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with a recognized campus technology solutions provider like ITC Systems,” said Ed Anderson, EdgeWare President. “Our applications complement the already robust campus solutions available from ITC.”
ITC Systems Company Information
ITC Systems (ITC) is a world leader in integrated transaction control systems with offices in St. Louis and Toronto. Since 1987, ITC has developed a line of Unattended Point of Sale (UPOS) Terminals for a multitude of self-serve applications utilizing an ‘e-purse’ on a card as the payment method. Their UPOS Terminals are successfully installed on vending machines, copiers, laundry machines, cash registers and other self serve charge for use applications. To augment the product offering, ITC also provides back office transaction processing software, ‘pay for print’ software and ‘meal plan’ software. Their products are currently being used in college and university campuses, libraries, government institutions, and more. ITC now offers its customers a choice of smart card or magnetic stripe technology for a vast array of equipment and services, using both open market and closed proprietary systems.
For information about ITC Systems please contact Ms. Ulrika Persson, Operations Manager, at 416-289-2344, e-mail to offi[email protected] , or visit ITC online at www.itcsystems.com.
University of Ottawa Information
Recognized as Canada’s premier bilingual university, the University of Ottawa was established as the College of Bytown in 1848. It is located in the heart of the National Capital, at the crossroads of French and English Canada and has carved a place of distinction for itself among Canada’s leading universities. Its campus provides a vibrant setting for the exchange of ideas and promotes the cross-pollination of knowledge and cultures.
For more information on University of Ottawa, please contact Andre Lafleur at 613-562-5800 ext. 3709, e-mail to [email protected] , or visit www.uottawa.ca.
EdgeWare Technologies Company Information
EdgeWare Technologies is a Canadian software and services firm that designs, develops, markets and supports multi-application, scalable, platform independent smart card software solutions for business, institutions, and governments worldwide.
For information about Edgeware Technologies please contact Ed Anderson at (905) 513-0530 or visit their website: www.edgeware.ca.