Blackboard Inc., an enterprise software company, has announced that Chowan University has selected and implemented Blackboard Transact for its campus-wide, one-card system. The new system leverages a contactless Near Field Communication, or NFC, student identification card that provides both commerce and door access management across campus.
The Hawks Card provides students with a cashless way to make purchases, including dining hall meals, books and supplies, and laundry services. The card also operates electronic door controls to campus buildings, creating centralized building management for college officials. The university plans to integrate all card features onto mobile devices.
"We wanted to get aggressive in providing our community with an enterprise-wide card system that not only enhanced campus security, but also provided convenience when navigating the college," said Brandon Zoch, assistant vice president of Student Affairs at Chowan University. "By partnering with Blackboard, we were able to prepare our campus for growth with a technology that not only meets the expectations of today's student, but also sets us up to grow alongside industry innovations."