In a customised, secure, user-friendly, independent and flexible way, the CAMPUS CARD AUGSBURG combines all important functions of the daily campus life in one card. The CAMPUS CARD AUGSBURG was introduced in Spring 2013 and since then, it is available for all members and guests of the University of Augsburg, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences and the Studentenwerk (Student Service Organisation).
The common chip card represents the latest achievement in their efforts to create the best studying, research and working conditions for the approximately 25 000 students and 2600 employees and numerous guests in Augsburg. The CAMPUS CARD AUGSBURG integrates the three institutions, the many applications and the different user groups in their daily campus activities in a unique way.
The personalised version of the CAMPUS CARD functions as an ID card (student, employee and guest ID) and incorporates the student’s semester ticket for the public transportation. The card also entitles holders to use the library services and provides access to car parks, buildings and rooms, and incorporates a time recording feature for employees. Last but not least, every CAMPUS CARD also includes an electronic purse with which it is possible to pay for a range of different products, such as food, lecture notes, courses and innovative office services (e.g. follow-me printing) on the campus. The CAMPUS CARD is also available as a non-personalised payment card which can be obtained and returned at vending machines independent of time, which makes it a convenient solution for day guests.
The CAMPUS CARD project implemented certain technical features for the first time: for example it is the first university card on Zone 'C' and with AES256 encoding. An especially complex key topic proved to be the cashless payment solution (common electronic purse, cost centres), which is enabled by the CAMPUS CARD at all canteens and cafeterias as well as for photocopying, printing and scanning, for paying course fees and for study materials on the campus, and for using the laundrette facilities in the student hostels. The independence from third-party service providers played an important role in developing an own e-purse solution, enabling the cooperating partners to use any secured payment solution.
To realise this user-friendly and flexible solution in accordance with their visions, the CAMPUS CARD was designed by three project partners in cooperation with Cosmo.ID – and implemented with several system providers. Thus, not only the individual, technical and organisational requirements of the cooperation partners were fulfilled optimally. It is also guaranteed that the card can be simply and easily adapted to changed requirements (e.g. new functions, users, service providers, partners).