Over twenty years have passed since Banco Santander issued its first University Smart Card (USC) in 1995 for the University of Cantabria, Spain.
Nowadays, Santander issues 9.1, million USCs in 279 universities over 11 countries. These cards, are not only used to provide university credentials but also allow users to borrow books, access different university locations, provide electronic signatures, access academic records, use the card as an electronic wallet, receive discounts from shops, pay for public transport or use it as a debit card, amongst other options.
In line with the philosophy and objectives of Banco Santander, the University
Smart Card is undergoing a huge technological development to become a state-of-the-art card used in universities. One of the biggest innovations, is the development of the USC app available for Android and iPhone and a pilot development in wearables (smartwatch and bracelet).
Students have changed and also have changed their needs. The penetration of smartphones is growing and growing and it has become the most used device. Therefore, Santander has developed the USC app to allow access to services on and off campus anytime and anywhere with the aim of creating a digital ecosystem that makes student life easier.