Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), in the UK, has signed a
contract with Salford Software, a provider of identity management,
secure remote access and print accounting systems, to implement GPAS
ePayments so that students will have 24/7 access to online services for
account credits.
     Currently, a student's print account can be topped up by
over-the-counter cash transactions and payment of the majority of
library fines is also by over-the-counter cash payment. During academic
year 06-07 staff handled over 250,000 print account credits and library
fine payments totalling over GBP403,000. Servicing these cash
transactions is estimated to have taken approximately 4,200 person
hours. In addition, cash reconciliation takes 2-3 hours per week per
Learning Resource Centre, LJMU claims.
     According to the company, the objective of the implementation is to
convert a print account into a virtual purse managed via a web
interface, which can be topped-up by on-line credit transfer and
automatic cash-loading machines, and can be used for both print/copy
and for the payment of library fines. This is expected to improve the
service to students by removing the location and time constraints of
over-the-counter payments.
     In addition, the new system has reportedly been designed to enable
parents to top up their child's credit limit by logging onto their
ePayments account and paying with a credit card.
     No financial details were disclosed.
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