University of Arizona

The University of Arizona

Deploys CardsOnline for card design, new card issuance production &
card management in the cloud

The University of Arizona

To improve the prospects and enrich the lives of the people of Arizona and the world through education, research, and creative expression.


Through cross-cutting innovations distinctive to the University of Arizona, we will expand the student experience through engagement, advance knowledge through innovations in creative inquiry and collaboration, and forge novel partnerships to positively impact our community.

The University of Arizona (UofA), established in 1885, is the state’s land-grant university with two medical schools and ranks in the top 25 among all public universities in the United States. The UofA is advancing in the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships. In addition, the UofA is a member of the Association of American Universities, which includes 62 leading public and private research universities.

Always exploring new approaches, the UofA was ready in 2018 to update their card management system. Presently setup with a smart card system that interacts with several legacy systems, the UofA found CardsOnline the best fit as the replacement of their former card management system.

CardsOnline creates one central, full integrated system for card production which includes capture of photos and signatures, printing, smart chip encoding and issuing multi-purpose ID smartcards, offering full card control in one system.

The Challenge

Having an elaborate system with a smart card in place the UofA is searching for a state-of-the-art software that will make the complete card life process more efficient with an online system. This requires a proven application that encompasses all the requirements and more.

The card management system had to be able to create various applications on the DESFire EV1 card and encode all specific data for these applications during the inline encode and print process. After encoding/printing all systems must be updated reflecting the new card with its encoded identifiers, linked to the cardholder.

CardsOnline fulfilled all the requirements and more: full integration with UofA systems and with CatCard applications for access control, payments, library, rec center, parking & transportation and E-ticketing services. CardsOnline proves to be the real one-card-solution in the Cloud!

The One Card Solution

ScreenCheck implemented CardsOnline connecting with the Active Directory and the EDS system. The EDS system is a hosted data platform holding all relevant source and client application data. We integrated with the EDS and the Active Directory via LDAP. CardsOnline Data Agents connect with an SQL table to exchange data.

ScreenCheck provides the SAAS service hosted on Microsoft Azure in a US datacentre.
CardsOnline enables card holders to login on any mobile device and upload a new photo using Service Portal. Service Portal also offers a special feature to upload a copy of a Persons ID. The Persons ID is used to verify the uploaded photo. After processing the photo, the copy of the Persons ID will be deleted.

The CatCard is the official University of Arizona identification card. The card features a digitized photo, digitized signature, Contactless DESFire EV1 8K SmartChip, ISO number, and magnetic stripe. CardsOnline encodes and prints all required data on the smart card by utilizing both 3DES and AES encryption. In total the CatCard operates 9 different connected systems.

Project details

Software: CardsOnline
Server: Cent OS Linux distribution, PHP/MYSQL/APACHE

Card Printer: Zebra ZXP9 printers with
MIFARE DESFire & MAGstripe encoder

Card Type: MIFARE DESFire EV1 8k card, offset
Card Amount: Approximately 67.000 Cards

Note: Each CatCard contains a unique 16 digit ISO number

CatCard University of Arizona
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Connected systems
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Connected systems

  • Bursar Account authorization
  • Campus Recreation Center Access
  • Parking & Transportation Services
  • Identification and Status Verification
  • UofA Athletics ZonaZoo Pass verification
  • Library Privileges
  • Building Access
  • Meal Plans
  • CatCash