ONE Card will save UAB money

By on November 20, 2012

UAB has been putting the final touches on the ONE Card, a single access card that consolidates student, faculty and staff IDs, in the past few months.

The ONE Card will merge an assortment of features including photo identification, physical access into buildings and parking, library services, meal plans, Blazer Bucks, time and attendance records, and more.

UAB Physical Security abides by a long-standing goal to make UAB a “one-card campus.”

“The project involves a great number of groups across UAB. The core project team involves members from Human Resources, Physical Security, Information Technology, Parking & Transportation, and Customer Service and Quality Improvement,” said Jon Corliss, Functional Project Manager of the ONE Card Project.

The card is planned to launch in December and re-carding is expected to be a 6-month process. The only out-of-pocket cost for students would be for lost or damaged cards.

Students and staff members will receive a role call notification to trade in their various badges and identification cards for the ONE Card.

“Not every student will be re-carded, but anyone who has a card associated with physical security will need the ONE Card” said Corliss. “For example, any student that needs housing or lab access will need to be re-carded.”

Currently, there are about 30,000 cardholders with a 3:1 card-to-person ratio.

“By our best estimate, there’s about 94,000 active cards at UAB. Employees typically have multiple cards. I myself have a photo ID, Campus Card, and parking card,” said Corliss.

The Campus Card Project includes a replacement of 1, 400+ card readers and 50+ parking gate readers.

“UAB as a whole is going to save a considerable amount of money in this process by eliminating unneeded card systems. Also, consolidating to a single card per person will bring substantial savings,” said Corliss.

For any questions or suggestions regarding the UAB ONE Card project, students and staff may contact

Kaylyn Alexander
Staff Writer

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