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Issue Date: Vol. 47, No. 8, August 2007, Posted On: 8/14/2007


Blackboard Adds USAT’s Cashless Payment Technology, Widening On-Campus Vending Machine Payment Options

MALVERN, PA (August 2007) — USA Technologies has announced that Blackboard Inc. (Washington, DC) now is offering USAT cashless payment technology to customers using the Blackboard Commerce Suite. This allows students to make cashless payments for purchases from vending machines on campus.

The cashless technology is embedded in Blackboard’s FlexVend reader, and supports a suite of wired and wireless applications enabling one-card transactions on campus, off campus and online, for cashless payment as well as identification and access control.

The new FlexVend readers offer students a very wide range of vending payment options, enabling them to make purchases with their Blackboard campus cards as well as all major credit cards and contactless “touch and go” media like MasterCard’s PayPass.

The online reporting capability of the FlexVend reader also allows for improved auditing of vending machines, resulting in greater efficiency, productivity and security for vending machine operators.

“Our goal is to provide students with the most efficient, high-tech solutions to meet their every-day needs and wants,” said Russ Carlson, president of the Blackboard Commerce Group. “FlexVend provides Blackboard cardholders the ultimate in payment convenience, and the cost is automatically deducted from their Blackboard account.”

USA Technologies reported that Blackboard already offers its e-Suds laundry service in an application that enables  students  to go online to check the availability of college laundry washers and dryers and then, at the laundry center, simply swipe their Blackboard transaction card to activate and pay for the service. They even are notified electronically when the laundry is done.

“The expanded relationship we now share with Blackboard combines the best leading-edge technology and service from both Blackboard and USA Technologies to bring a quality payment solution to campuses nationwide,” said Wendy Jenkins, vice-president, marketing for USA Technologies.

Founded in 1997, Blackboard Inc. is a leading provider of “e-Education” enterprise software applications, both commercial and academic, and services. Its clients include primary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education, and student-focused merchants as well as textbook publishers and corporate and government organizations.


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