St George puffs up Fujitsu's smart card technology

St George Bank has opted for Fujitsu's SmartCity smart card technology in a bid to capture specific vertical markets for smart cards such as universities, stadiums and sporting clubs.

Fujitsu said it had already implemented its SmartCity technology in more than 80 'vertical market' locations around the world.

Fujitsu chief operating officer, Bryan Daniels, said the partnership with St George delivers an end-to-end technology and services solution that can easily be tailored to meet customers' business requirements.

"We're targeting specific vertical markets where there have been numerous, successful smart card implementations overseas. These vertical environments are closed and therefore manageable, and have a broad range of applications that can benefit from the use of smart cards," he said.

Fujitsu said its SmartCity solution operates successfully at 16 universities, delivering substantial cost savings and efficiency gains by using smart cards for identification, access to facilities, Web transactions and to pay for administrative services, printing and photocopying.

Daniels said several tertiary institutions in Australia were already investigating smart card technology and he was confident the alliance between Fujitsu and St George would provide a powerful incentive for these organisations to move forward.

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