New Fairleigh 1Card Carries a Wealth of Services
Madison, NJ (October 18, 2004) —The new Fairleigh 1Card, available to students, faculty and staff at the University’s College at Florham Campus, is much more than an id card.
Because it includes a prepaid spending account – 1Card Cash – it allows members of the university community to make cashless purchases at accepting locations in the area. Now, off-campus shopping and dining at participating merchants can be handled by the new campus photo identification card.
Neal Sturm, associate vice president and chief information officer of the University noted, “This new program provides tremendous convenience for the University community and a way to cultivate greater ties with the merchants in the surrounding area. Users will have greater opportunities for easy purchases on and off campus and a simple way to monitor their transactions 24 hours a day.”
“In addition,” said Robert Valenti, assistant vice president for administration, “the card is used for the campus meal plan, for entrance to buildings and rooms, access to the libraries, recreation centers and on-campus events. It is also a convenient payment method at the University bookstores and vending machines.”
CardSmith of Basking Ridge, NJ, was chosen to run and administer the program. FDU designates the rules for each account plan and determines which off-campus locations will accept the card. “Beyond making the program very cost-effective, CardSmith brought us the expertise we needed to launch the program,” Sturm added. “CardSmith supports us with on-line and live agent customer service and support. The Web site has features that help parents and students add value to the card.”
Later this year, the Fairleigh 1Card will expand to the Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, NJ, and card holders will be able to use the card at both campus locations. In future, Fairleigh Dickinson could collaborate with other area campuses. “The way CardSmith’s system works,” said Sturm, “any number of schools would be able to access the off-campus merchant programs we have built.”