Florida A&M University (FAMU) and campus card service provider CardSmith today announced plans to upgrade the university’s multi-functional Rattler Card program for the campus in Tallahassee, Fla. The new Rattler Card will feature “Rattler Bucks,” a prepaid spending account offering FAMU’s more than 13,000 students convenient, cashless access to an expanded range of campus facilities and services including the bookstore, dining venues, mobile payments, campus offices and off campus merchants. The card is also used for facility and library privileges and can be used as a bank debit card. The university is upgrading its card production system to issue cards to all incoming students this fall.
The new Rattler Card is powered by CardSmith’s managed cloud transaction system, enabling FAMU to provide campus-wide transaction services without local systems, software or dedicated administrative staff. A legacy, campus-hosted card system previously utilized is being retired. The university’s new service features web and mobile cardholder account access, funds transfer service, on-line reporting, on-line administrative access and 24/7/365 monitoring. The upgrade will include new branding and graphics for the Rattler Card program, a dedicated card program web site and upgraded communication initiatives. The University and CardSmith plan to introduce the program to local businesses immediately and look forward to building a robust off- campus acceptance network for Rattler Bucks.