Contactless Smart Card Technology for Cashless Catering
From primary school meal plans to corporate office canteens, smart card technology brings the ease and convenience of cashless catering to institutions of all sizes. It allows diners to pay for food with a quick tap of their smart card, doing away with handling cash and credit card transactions. This shortens queues and improves the experience, while canteen staff are freed up to concentrate on serving great food.
For catering applications, Gemini 2000 offers the Orbit NFC solution. A fast and reliable smart card reader, the device can communicate with all popular smart card standards to authenticate users and carry out transactions. Orbit is a cost effective solution that is easy to deploy in organisations of all sizes. Its modern minimalist designs seamlessly fits into any canteen environment, while the high impact casing is easy to clean.
Schools of all sizes are already benefiting from the technology. With their issued smart cards, children get lunch easily as part of free meal plans, or purchase food through an electronic wallet. They can use it in canteens or at vending machines throughout the school. Student accounts are managed by the school or parents, who can add privileges or funds online or via kiosks. The smart card system gives control and transparency, while making it easy for children to get lunch.
University canteens and restaurants also offer cashless catering to their students. Whether food is purchased as part of a catered accommodation plan or through an electronic wallet, smart cards allow students to enjoy easy, hassle-free dining. What’s more, universities deliver personalised bonuses directly to smart card accounts to encourage or reward card holders. As with schools, universities often adopt a one-card solutions where a single smart card offers access to a wide range of student services, including at canteens, libraries, sport facilities and shops.
Corporate clients are increasingly turning to cashless catering where food is provided on site. This provides convenience for employees and eliminates the handling of cash by canteen staff. Companies can chose to provide subsidised meals, which is easily implemented using a smart card system. The employee’s card is often multi-purpose, acting as a physical or logical access card, as well as a canteen card.