NBS Technologies Inc. (TSE:NBS., OTC Bulletin Board:NBSTF.) NBS Technologies Inc. through its Solutions Group has brought the University of Manchester, England, into the future with the introduction of an advanced identity card program. Approximately 12,000 returning students, previously issued with cards, indicated their arrival on campus with a swipe of a card during this year’s registration.
The new identity system has assisted in improving registration procedures for more than 20,000 students and 6,000 staff. This system has also been used by the Students’ Union for recording the issue of items to students, as well as verifying and recording the students’ voting eligibility in Student Union elections.
The identity card project was initiated by a small team under the chairmanship of a Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University when searching for alternatives to the old laminated paper-based library card. The paper-based cards required replacing every year, and did not provide for electronic registration.
In view of the significance of the contract, the University of Manchester, in conjunction with the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), ultimately selected a proposal from NBS Technologies from the companies competing in the open tendering process. Working as a team with the Stationery Office (formerly HMSO), NBS has previously provided systems for higher education establishments such as Kingston University, and the security conscious armed services and Palace of Westminister.
“NBS is developing solutions to specifically meet the needs of the education sector,” commented Peter Mann, Director of NBS Solutions in Europe. “Our success at Manchester is very important for many reasons, not the least of which is the reinforcement of the reputation of NBS as a leader of solutions for this market.”
Sian Nash, Director of Finance at the University has been given the responsibility for managing the implementation of the identity card system. The cards were introduced with the support and cooperation of the Students’ Union.
The PVC card design includes information which is computer generated and electronically printed, showing a photo image of the card holder and incorporating a bar code for library purposes as well as the standard magnetic stripe. Feedback from the student body has been positive, with card life expectancy to be the duration of the undergraduate degree program, or approximately three years. At the expiration of the three year period, procedures are in place to cancel cards of graduated students and those that have otherwise left the University’s curriculum.
The magnetic stripe gives the NBS card system the potential to interface with a wide variety of other applications such as photocopy accounts, cashless vending and access control as part of the University’s growth migration path.
Given tight budgets and rising administrative costs, NBS is working in partnership with educational institutions to improve registration, payment and security processes to reduce costs and improve services and security. NBS Solutions is uniquely positioned to offer a variety of flexible approaches, including smart cards, to meet the educational market’s needs.
NBS Solutions is a part of NBS Technologies Inc., a multinational information technology company that designs, manufactures and markets an integrated line of point of sale transaction automation systems, personalization equipment, secure identification and access control systems, plastic cards and related products and services. Customers cover a wide range of market segments including financial institutions, hospitals, universities, government agencies, retailers, oil companies, and marketing organizations. NBS is a Toronto based public company with operations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. The company’s shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “NBS”.Details