Diebold, Incorporated unveiled its latest version of CS Gold, the “next generation” in campus card systems, at the CardTech/SecurTech ’99 conference. CS Gold is the first campus card system able to process both online and offline applications.
In educational or corporate campuses, online access control systems allow instant modification or cancellation of access privileges. This provides a higher level of security than offline systems where changes to access privileges may not be implemented for several hours. Having access control systems online greatly reduces any window of opportunity for unauthorized use of lost or stolen cards, limiting the deployer’s risk of loss and liability. For applications other than access control, such as stored value and vending, offline systems may be a more economical and suitable solution.
“Online and offline technologies have their own unique strengths and characteristics,” according to Gary Lorenz, general manager of Diebold Card Systems. “With CS Gold, campus system deployers finally have the ability to combine these technologies to capitalize on the strengths and economies of both. This will allow campus administrators to create even more flexible system designs, and allow them to implement and operate their systems more economically. We are the only campus system solution provider that offers this capability.”
CS Gold, like most Diebold solutions, is modular and scaleable, enabling users to select only the features and functions required to meet current needs while ensuring the ability to grow the system in the future. Diebold currently offers four separate host applications as part of CS Gold: CS Meal Plans, CS Stored Value & Credit, CS Access and CS Entitlements.
System users can implement these modules individually or in combination. This building block approach combined with operational consistency and core level integration provides a seamless migration path for system expansion. Each of the individual modules compares very well with the best standalone transaction processing applications available from other suppliers. When the various CS modules are combined to create a true multi-application system, CS Gold becomes a tightly integrated, uniform product that stands out as the most robust campus system available.
System administrators will experience a familiar look and feel when using CS Gold. It relies on industry standard products including Oracle(R) databases, Crystal Reports(TM) and a Windows NT(R) operating system that conforms to Windows(R) user interface guidelines. Combined with the widely used TCP/IP communications protocols, administrators will quickly feel comfortable with CS Gold.
CS Gold is backward compatible with a wide variety of products and also supports most common network topologies, enabling it to be readily installed in various campus or corporate environments. All Diebold smart card products and modules are compatible with CS Gold. The product was just announced in January 1999, with the recently added smart card capability being shown for the first time at CardTech/SecurTech in booth #822.
Diebold, Incorporated is the global leader in providing integrated delivery systems and services. Founded in 1859, the company employs more than 6,000 associates in some 120 locations worldwide with headquarters in Canton, Ohio, USA. Diebold reported revenue of US $1.2 billion in 1998 and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘DBD.’ For more information, visit the company’s Web site at [www.diebold.com].