The University of Ottawa (U of O) campus
has become a smart campus in more ways than one.
This fall, ITC Systems (ITC), a leading supplier of Cash Card Systems
technology in North America, took their smart card program campus wide across
U of O’s sprawling mid town campus making them one of the most technologically
advanced campuses around.
The program, specialized to U of O, utilizes a common electronic purse
and is the first time the University is undertaking such a project with the
smart card technology. ITC is striving to provide the Ottawa campus with the
benefit of this new technology. This includes the implementation of Unattended
Point of Sale (UPOS) terminals for a variety of charge for use applications
that accept the smart cards. In the back office, the transaction processing
and settlement software provides instant reporting and settlement details.
“It’s an exciting time. Taking the smart card program campus wide at
University of Ottawa, with all the UPOS applications eventually being
implemented, will bolster ITC’s position in this burgeoning market and earmark
us as the leader in this arena,” said Campbell Richardson, CEO of ITC Systems.
The potential of the smart card is huge for the students, merchants, and the
Considering the large U of O campus and the 25,000 student body
enrollment, this is no small undertaking for anyone involved. However, ITC is
catering to the needs of the University by being the provider of customized
smart cards designed and programmed to the University’s own specific user
needs. The campus will also continue to benefit from ITC’s cost-recovery print
Ottawa staff and students have found that the system has integrated with
campus life quite well.
“We’re very pleased with the smart card system across the campus. It was
a natural progression for us to choose ITC to take us to this next step,” said
Andre Lafleur, Self-serve and Cash Operations Coordinator at University of
Ottawa. “They have been with us every step of the way for over 10 years with
the mag stripe systems, and now we move confidently into this next era with
Credit for the University’s back office software goes to EdgeWare
Technologies. This year, ITC provided U of O with the EdgeWare web-based
transactions and reporting system licensed to ITC Systems. The partnership has
been a positive one all around.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with a recognized campus technology
solutions provider like ITC Systems,” said Ed Anderson, EdgeWare President.
“Our applications complement the already robust campus solutions available
ITC Systems Company Information
ITC Systems (ITC) is a world leader in integrated transaction control
systems with offices in St. Louis and Toronto. Since 1987, ITC has developed a
line of Unattended Point of Sale (UPOS) Terminals for a multitude of self-
serve applications utilizing an ‘e-purse’ on a card as the payment method.
Their UPOS Terminals are successfully installed on vending machines, copiers,
laundry machines, cash registers and other self serve charge for use
applications. To augment the product offering, ITC also provides back office
transaction processing software, ‘pay for print’ software and ‘meal plan’
software. Their products are currently being used in college and university
campuses, libraries, government institutions, and more. ITC now offers its
customers a choice of smart card or magnetic stripe technology for a vast
array of equipment and services, using both open market and closed proprietary
For information about ITC Systems please visit ITC online at
University of Ottawa Information
Recognized as Canada’s premier bilingual university, the University of
Ottawa was established as the College of Bytown in 1848. It is located in the
heart of the National Capital, at the crossroads of French and English Canada
and has carved a place of distinction for itself among Canada’s leading
universities. Its campus provides a vibrant setting for the exchange of ideas
and promotes the cross-pollination of knowledge and cultures.
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