Smart cards make student spending easier

New smart card technology has been rolled out at the University of Canberra for the benefit of students.

The cards can be loaded with up to £1,000 for paying for various on-campus goods and services while also serving as a more traditional ID card for borrowing library books or gaining access to secure areas of the campus.

Spending is done by simply tapping the card against a screen, the Canberra Times reported.

Professor Stephen Parker, who is vice-chancellor at the university, suggested that the smart cards could also be rolled out to operate outside the campus in order to make it easier for young people looking to compare student banking.

''Our partners, Commonwealth Bank, are looking at trialling the technology across the retail sector, so it may be that our students can get further benefits … We'd like to see public transport incorporated, making life a little easier for everyone," he told the newspaper.

Meanwhile, director of Civil Liberties Australia Tim Vine commented that while there were concerns about mixing personal data with spending habits, the university had been "quite open" in its introduction of the smart cards.

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