The cards we live by: What you might not know about your Nautilus card

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source url According to a recent poll by McGraw Hill, the average American carries eight credit cards with them at all times. This does not include state ID cards, driver’s licenses, insurance cards and social security cards that are usually also carried. There are cards for work, pleasure, gym cards, dining cards, frequent flier cards. It’s true. Americans carry a lot of cards.

viagra mail order usa However, the card of interest here is the UWF Nautilus card. Every student knows of it to a varying degree. Yes, that’s the one – that blue and white card with “UWF Nautilus Card” printed on the top, then your picture and student ID number. This card serves a variety of purposes. It can be used to gain access to certain events; for services for UWF students; and for access other services, such as dining, copying and printing.

While this card serves its specific purpose very well, it does have a weakness within the system itself.

“Once the funds are deposited to the card, we cannot get these funds back off the card,” Joyce Hughes, manager of Student Card Services, said. “The good news is, these funds can be spent on any of a wide variety of items in the bookstore, dining area, or other on-campus services our students need.”

University Card Services does not actually service the cards themselves, nor do they service the automatic teller machines that allow students to add money to their cards.  In other similar systems, such as vending machines, the company servicing the machines has a key to get into the machine and retrieve the money, or get the customer his or her drink. There is a phone number prominently displayed on the front of the machine which can be used to call the company if there are problems.

But the Automatic Deposit Machines, or ADMs, are totally different. While they allow deposits to the card, there is no way to withdraw funds from the card. And there is no information printed on the machines. All they say is: “University OneCard System, Automatic Deposit Machine.” Then on the bottom: “General Meters Corp, Colorado Springs, Colorado.” here  No other information is given. No address, no phone number, no information of any kind. So, this then begs the question: What if, heaven forbid, a mistake were made. What if a student were to deposit more money on the card than they intended?

In a world obsessed with outsourcing, subcontracting and farming out services, certain things fall through the cracks and are never addressed. This is what seems to have happened with the ADMs for UWF ID cards.

However, money does not simply evaporate into thin air. If a bill is inserted into a machine, that bill can be removed from that machine. The bill is still there, sitting in the machine’s innards, waiting to be retrieved by this mysterious “University OneCard System” run by General Meters Corporation.

Founded in 1979, General Meters has grown into a leading provider of campus card solutions for universities and colleges nationwide. Its University One-Card System unites a range of functionalities – including security access, on-campus dining and vending, employee record keeping and copier/printer/fax control – onto one ID card for students, faculty and staff.  It truly is the “one-stop-shop” for a huge variety of campus services.

“Our ADMs are serviced by a third party,” Kennyattah Cox, manager of the Commons desk services and ticket center, said. “If we were to deposit money here at the desk, we could use our key to open the desk drawer and retrieve your money.” But don’t deposit any more money on your student ID card than you want to use, because Card Services cannot open the ADMs. “Unfortunately, no one on campus has the keys to the ADMs.” Cox said. “Only OneCard, does.”

For more information on your Nautilus card, including quick reference guides, visit the Business and Auxiliary Services website.