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 CANTON, Ohio, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The traditionally unassuming campus identification (ID) card is acquiring amazing powers at a southwestern university, thanks to advanced technology from Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD).
 At Oklahoma State University (OSU) at Stillwater, 22,000 ID cards used by students, faculty and staff will open the way to athletic events, the recreational center, the wellness center and computer labs. But that's not all. The same cards will pay for on-campus meals, buy snacks from vending machines and even pay for use of washers and dryers. Plus, campus ID cards will function as ATM cards, a feature available only from Diebold.
 The unifying feature is a sophisticated, comprehensive Integrated Campus Access Management (ICAM) system that covers the entire 76- building, 840-acre campus.
 "The system integrates hardware and software in a system designed to use a single database of shared information," said C. David Curtis, bursar at OSU. "With the system, members of the college community get convenient, secure access to facilities, services, information and funds -- all with a single campus ID card."
 "OSU is taking an innovative and far-sighted approach to some very important issues for all college and university campuses," said Bartholomew J. Frazzitta, Diebold's vice president and general manager of security products.
 "Because Diebold has been providing security and automated transaction systems to the financial market for more than 130 years, we have a wealth of experience in the areas of security, software, transaction automation and service. This expertise has come together as never before to provide a unique, comprehensive approach to Integrated Campus Access Management (ICAM). This is a concept toward which colleges and universities have been moving for some time and we are now positioned to make the concept a reality," added Frazzitta.
 "About seven months ago, Christine Jackson, OSU's vice president of business and finance, urged the college community to address the inefficiencies caused by multiple identification cards and access passes on campus," said Natalea A. Watkins, OSU's director of communication services. "There were as many as eight different agencies producing cards for access to various facilities and services."
 Curtis chaired a 14-member committee made up of representatives from all areas of the college community to study possible solutions. "We agreed that we needed a way to integrate all the cards into one and to automate the administration and delivery of services as much as possible," said Curtis. "We looked at several options and various vendors, then selected Diebold because it offered the best package.
 "Because the system uses our regular ID cards, there has been no need to re-issue cards," said Curtis. "The installation of the system will cause very little disruption on campus. Access to athletic events was the first application to be implemented, followed by Residential Life, the department which administers housing and food services. Students, faculty and staff who pay for a meal plan of up to 20 meals per week can use their ID cards to get those meals at any residence hall, anywhere on campus. This gives individuals a great deal of flexibility, since each hall has a different type of food and atmosphere."
 Students, faculty and staff who deposit money in a bursar's account will be able to use their ID cards as a declining balance debit card at the OSU Student Union. The cost of purchases will automatically be deducted from their accounts. One of the largest in the country, the student union houses a cafeteria, food court, several retail stores, a book store and even a hotel.
 Auxiliary services such as vending machines and laundry facilities will also be integrated into the new system. Hundreds of machines located throughout the campus will accept student ID cards as debit cards. To buy a soft drink or do a load of laundry, card holders will simply pass their cards through a reader on the machine. The system deducts the appropriate amount from each card holder's account.
 "We're excited about the likelihood that this added convenience will increase our sales," said Watkins. "Since all revenue from the vending machines is reinvested in the campus, increased sales are in everyone's best interest."
 Other facilities and services on campus to which students, faculty and staff will have more convenient access are the Colvin Recreation Center and the Wellness Center, a new facility designed to promote preventive health care.
 "By the end of the year, the ICAM system will include an InterBold 1062i automated teller machine (ATM) located in the student union. With their ID cards and the ATM, students, faculty and staff will have access to information and their accounts with the bursar's office," said Curtis. "They will be able to get student information, check the balances in their accounts and make cash withdrawals or deposits."
 By eliminating multiple cards and automating access control, the system will also increase students' access to facilities while reducing costs to provide those services, according to Curtis.
 For example, the engineering department's computer center can increase its hours of operation, since the system can control access to the facility without additional staffing. The system also includes many management and reporting functions which make planning and administration of services more efficient.
 "Of course, security is a very important issue for the college community," said Curtis. "That's why we included a representative from campus police on the committee and why we are planning to use the system's capabilities to improve campus security." The integrated system is expected to reduce the amount of cash on campus. And since a card is invalidated immediately when it is reported lost or stolen, the university and card holders have some protection from fraud or unauthorized use.
 According to Watkins, OSU has the lowest crime rate of any of the "big eight" colleges, but she recognizes the danger of complacency. "Students may leave doors propped open or forget to lock them," she explained. "That's why we feel card readers on the doors to our residence halls will help keep unauthorized people out."
 "The ability of this type of system to grow and adapt to new technology, as well as the changing needs of the college community will protect a customer's original investment," said Frazzitta. "Any allow/deny function or transaction of value can be integrated into this system. The applications are limited only by the imagination and needs of the college or university."
 OSU plans to do a study at the end of the school year to assess acceptance of the system and to determine directions for the future. "We're very excited about being able to greatly improve our service and efficiency," said Curtis. "We feel that this is the just the beginning. Future plans for OSU may include extending the debit card program outside the college campus to area retailers. Once we better understand the capabilities of the system, we may even consider extending the program to our remote campuses."
 Oklahoma State University is located on an 840-acre campus in Stillwater, Okla. It offers 200 majors in five colleges plus a College of Veterinary Medicine. The college community is made up of about 4,000 faculty and staff serving 18,000 students, 3,500 of whom live on campus. Besides its main campus in Stillwater, OSU also serves students on four remote campuses in Tulsa, Okmulge, Oklahoma City and Kamioka, Japan.
 Diebold, Incorporated, headquartered in Canton, Ohio, is a world leader in financial self-service transaction systems, security products and customer service. Founded in 1859 as a security equipment company, Diebold today develops, manufactures, sells and services ATMs, electronic and physical security systems, facility products and software for global financial and commercial markets.
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