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Pepperdine University is upgrading its student ‘Pep Card’ to a smart card by the start of classes this fall. Diebold will transform the more than 5,000 ‘Pep Cards’ into a near-cashless environment for Pepperdine by allowing monetary value to be loaded onto the campus ID card. The cards will be used for photocopying, laser printing, and payment for food and drink at various locations throughout Pepperdine’s six campuses. Campus vending and laundry facilities will eventually accept the cards. Future plans also include expanding the card’s functionality into the Malibu community by allowing students, faculty and staff to use their cards at off-campus locations such as restaurants, laundromats and convenience stores. The new Diebold system also allows the university to integrate the carding systems of all the Pepperdine campuses into one network. Pepperdine will also be the first university to benefit from Diebold’s ‘CS Print’ software, which allows the university to administer print charges at workstations and laser printers at each of their campuses.

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A new card system at Pepperdine University will increase student, faculty and staff identification card power with the addition of smart card technology beginning in the fall 1998 semester. Diebold, Incorporated will transform Pepperdine’s “Pep Cards” into smart cards, allowing students to benefit from the added convenience and security that chip technology brings to campus life.

Diebold’s card system will create a near-cashless environment for Pepperdine by allowing monetary value to be loaded onto the campus ID card. In turn, the cards become more than an ID by allowing the value to be used for photocopying, laser printing, and payment for food and drink at various locations throughout Pepperdine’s six campuses. Campus vending and laundry facilities will accept the cards in the near future.

With the reduction of cash handling, the university will benefit from a simplified cash management system. The new system also allows the university to integrate the carding systems of all the Pepperdine campuses into one network. Currently the branch campus IDs function only as identification and do not have stored-value capability, making the cards difficult to maintain and inconvenient for students who attend classes at multiple Pepperdine campuses.

“We were looking for a card system that would position us for future applications as well as link our six campuses through one network,” said Dustin Parker, university card services coordinator. “Smart card technology is where future applications are headed and by moving to a chip card now, we can streamline our operations immediately. The added functionality that Diebold’s card system brings to our university will increase convenience and security, and those features will be enhanced as the technology continues to evolve.”

To load value onto the ID cards, users insert the card into Diebold value terminals located throughout the campuses, and then insert cash. The value is then added to the holder’s account. To purchase items at campus stores, food service facilities or to use copiers, laundry or vending machines, users insert the card into a reader and the value is automatically deducted.

Pepperdine will also be the first university to benefit from Diebold’s CS Print software, which allows the university to administer print charges at workstations and laser printers at each of their campuses. With CS Print, users can view how much will be deducted from their card before their print job is sent to the local printer. The user can then authorize or cancel the print job. This helps the university reduce wasteful printing and the associated costs.

Future plans include expanding the card’s functionality into the Malibu community by allowing students, faculty and staff to use their cards at off- campus locations such as restaurants, laundromats and convenience stores.

Diebold, Incorporated (pronounced DEE-bold), headquartered in Canton, Ohio, is a global leader in providing card-based transaction systems, security and service solutions to the financial, education and healthcare industries. Founded in 1859, the company develops, manufactures, sells and services automated teller machines, cam stems, smart card systems, electronic and physical security equipment, automated medication and supplies dispensing systems, integrated systems solutions, software and supplies.

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