6-College, 1-Card Project Announced

Published: May 29, 2006

BOSTON – The Colleges of the Fenway and CardSmith LLC, a card technology and management company, announced May 30 their agreement to develop and launch the Fenway Card – a comprehensive campus ID card program for the consortium’s member colleges.

The Colleges of the Fenway’s six members are Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Simmons College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Wheelock College. Each of the colleges will issue a new, customized version of the Fenway Card as its official ID card to all students, faculty, and staff for the upcoming fall semester.

All Fenway Cards will feature common design elements and graphics and share an encoding standard. Cardholders from all colleges will be able to use the new card to access services and make purchases at any of the six campuses.

  In addition to providing a pan-consortium ID, the new digital image cards will be used for swipe access to services and cashless payments at campus bookstores, food service locations, self-service vending, and other points of sale and service. The colleges also use the card as the key to building and facility access.

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  Each college’s card will incorporate “Fenway Cash” a prepaid spending account that can be used at any campus and at participating area businesses. At the same time, each college will retain the flexibility to define and manage spending plans and card acceptance parameters unique to its campus.

  For more information, visit www.card-smith.com.

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