The UDE's technology provider implemented a customised ID & payment card solution. A team of five experts spent nine months working on adapting cards and printers exactly to the University's requirements. "We had numerous discussions which allowed us to establish the University of Duisburg-Essen's requirement and then develop an innovative, customised total solution accordingly," explains Johannes Kohlen, system consultant, InterCard. The cards were designed for different applications.
Printer quality was a decisive factor which is why the Zebra P430i card printer was chosen. "It is capable of carrying out highly complex print jobs and can accept direct commands. During the print run you can slow down or even stop printing the cards. Their robustness and the quality of the results were further crucial factors in favour of using Zebra printers," said Johannes Kohlen,
The printers were configured so that they could print different information with pinpoint accuracy, not to mention double-sided and fully customised for the user. Integrated network and coding options are ideal for printing contactless smart cards. The P430i can output up to 130 cards an hour.
Apart from producing student ID cards, the aim was also to produce library, staff and visitor ID cards equipped with a payment facility. Cashless payment was intended to make transactions easier wherever students were located,
whether in the canteen, by the drinks machine, photocopier, or even when using washing machines in the halls of residence.
The Zebra P430i card printers met the University's requirements exactly by enabling printing and personalisation of all ID cards on site. The cards do not contain any personal details other than the person's name and the card number.
These new multifunctional student ID cards have been used by the UDE since the start of 2011. Thanks to an integrated chip function, they can even be used as a travel pass. In addition to existing functions of student ID, library and canteen usage, payment facility for printing and photocopying, users can conveniently deploy them for travelling on buses and trains throughout the entire North Rhine-Westphalia region.
"We have used this solution to introduce an innovative system that can have extra features added," explains Ludwig Ciesielski, Director of Enrolment and Examinations, UDE. "Our university is a pioneer of innovation as well when it comes to the e-ticket (elctronic ticket). This was the first project in Germany where an electronic student ID card was combined with the e-ticket."