Magazine article American Banker

Florida State U. Smartening Up Its Student IDs

Magazine article American Banker

Florida State U. Smartening Up Its Student IDs

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Florida State University is adding a chip to its pioneering student identification card.

The Tallahassee-based school's card program, launched in 1990, came to demonstrate the potential for multiple payment and information applications on a single card.

Now the school is poised to upgrade. A multifunction smart card is to go into distribution during the second quarter.

"We have a very successful stored-value program," said Jeff Staples, associate director of the center. But "we've reached the limits of security that (magnetic) technology offers us."

The original card, using magnetic stripe technology, acts as a building access device, a stored-value payment card, automated teller machine card, and long-distance calling card through a partnership with MCI Communications Corp.

In March 1995, the university opened a Card Application Technology Center to advance its system and promote it to other users.

Mr. Staples said the new program will include secure access to sensitive information and university documents via on-line networks. With a computer chip in the card, students will be able to conduct transactions on-line, paying for transcripts and other goods and services.

The advanced system is to incorporate the SmartGate secure transaction technology of V-One Corp., a Rockville, Md., Internet software provider. The chip assists in authenticating the user and encrypting the transmitted data.

Each smart card, supplied by the French-owned manufacturer Gemplus, will have a magnetic stripe as well as a chip. …

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