Heartland Integrates Campus OneCard with Family Alert Service
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Heartland Payment Systems' Campus Solutions division is integrating its Campus OneCard with Alert Notification. The latter, a nationwide emergency notification membership service, provides a 24-hour-a-day call center to alert family or significant others when an accident or medical emergency occurs.
Campus OneCard is a multi-functional campus ID card as well as a prepaid card that pays for services and supplies on campus, including books, laundry, and vending purchases. Students who sign up for the service will have their Alert Notification numbers on their OneCards. If an incident occurs, emergency personnel report it to the call center and give the student's Alert Notification number. The call center in turn notifies that person's "in case of emergency" contacts.
The OneCard System also provides access control to residence halls and campus buildings and has campus-wide notification abilities--allowing administrators to reach the entire campus or select groups with emergency messaging.
"This new offering enables us to bring the best aspects of campus security and personal safety to our campus clients," said Fred Emery, vice president and GM, for Heartland Campus Solutions. "Not only do we provide access control and mass notification, but we now have the enhancement of emergency notification to alert contacts if an accident happens."
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.