University students and faculty in Spain, Brazil, Chile and Mexico can use their mobile phones to gain access to buildings and make payments at on-campus restaurants through technology provided to Banco Santander by digital security provider Gemalto.

Santander is issuing Gemalto's contactless microSD card, which allows users to equip their smartphones with Near Field Communication technology, according to a March 31 press release. Users will obtain the microSD cards through Santander's University Smart Card program, which covers 270 universities across 12 countries.

Santander plans to use microSD cards to allow users to pay transportation fare. The bank also plans to integrate the microSD cards with own mobile wallet, according to the release.

Santander is also part of a mobile wallet venture with CaixaBank and Telefonica.

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