Contactless PennCard Project
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Contactless PennCard Project
This initiative is introducing a new contactless Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology that will move the University from the magnetic stripe, which is currently used on the PennCard, to an imbedded contactless chip. This chip technology allows data to be transmitted when held within a few inches of a reader. There is a storage area on the chip where multiple applications and information can be stored.
This technology will offer a number of benefits to the Penn community including:
In addition, the transition to contactless allows the University to better position itself for future developments and applications in card technology such as the integration with SEPTA’s plans for its new payment technology.
AY 2013-2015: The first PennCards with this new chip technology were piloted during the 2013-1014 Academic Year in the Singh Center for Nanotechnology and Gregory College House . These locations were chosen, in part, because they represent two very different uses of the technology as it relates to building access allowing us to observe its use in a restricted research environment as well as a residential living situation.
The second phase of the project will focus on integration with SEPTA’s plan for its new payment technology.
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A Stakeholders Group has been established to help provide feedback to the Project Team. The group members will also be responsible for communicating about the project to their colleagues and will provide updates on the project, such as when a contactless reader has been installed in your building. Contactless readers and PennCards will all have the contactless symbol (see below) making them easily identifiable.
There is no additional cost to individual members of the Penn Community.
Proximity cards are read only, do not support multiple applications nor is data written to the card. Additionally, contactless cards provide greater security of the data on the card.
The read distance is 2-3 inches.How long does it take for the reader to read the card?
Normal read time is approximately 1-3 seconds.
PennCards with chip technology will be distributed per the usual method starting in July 2014. Individuals who are new to the University, whose PennCard has expired or who need a replacement card due to it being lost or stolen will receive the new card. Because of the new chip technology, there may be some instances when selected individuals will need to have their cards replaced due to specific needs. We will also do on-demand card replacement if there is a justified business need.
Although the current plan is to eventually replace the magnetic strip, we will continue to use that technology as we transition over to the contactless. PennCards will have both the contactless chip and the magnetic stripe. We anticipate a minimum of 5-7 years for the transition to be completed and the magnetic strip to be phased out.
Yes, and it is anticipated that new services will be offered through the contactless PennCard such as integration with SEPTA when they move to a similar technology for payment.
A. No, the new contactless PennCard will replace the current PennCard. During the transition period, your PennCard will have both a mag-stipe and contactless chip.
The current fees (as of Aug. 1, 2014) for PennCard’s are listed below: