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History - Major evolutions of CU Link

1999 October - The first issued Smart University ID Card, CU Link

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The first CU Link was debut in October 1999 to replace the paper student and staff ID cards that had been used for over 30 years. Since then, it opens up new possibilities of the applications of smart card technology, using the highly secured MULTOS technology as Hong Kong Smart ID card does.

Applications developed by ITSC include:

  • Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) system for storing the digital certificates for handling authentication, e-mail encryption and digital signatures
  • CUHK personal information database for storing the personal data of staff and student
  • ePurse for storing Tokens to deal with small payments across campus facilities

The CU Link Card Centre, located in G5 Pi Ch'iu Building, opened on October 28 1999, for staff and students to deal with all matters related to their CU Link.

 

2002 July - CU Link Card design reformation

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With the fading out of Mondex, CU Link was reformed with the removal of bank functions. Since then, CU Link was re-designed to be an unique identity card for university members.

 

2008 September - Relocation of CU Link Card Centre

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After a major renovation in 1/F Pi Chiu Building, the CU Link Card Centre was moved to Room 112 Pi Chiu Building .

 

2009 February - New age of CU Link: Contact and contactless hybrid Card

Upgraded version of CU Link contains both contact and contactless capabilities

An upgraded version of CU Link was first issued on 16 Feb 2009.  In contrast to the existing contact-based CU Link card where users need to insert the card into a card reader to perform a transaction, the upgraded version contains both contact and contactless capabilities in one card, giving University members the added convenience of tap-to-pass-through campus facilities (where contactless card readers are available). For cases that requires fast authentication, such as door access system and attendance taking system, the development of applications on contactless chip is definitely an advantageous solution.

Tamper - proof label on contact-type cards

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A card replacement exercise was carried out in the same period and all new cards issued were embedded with contact and contactless capacities. To be environmentally responsible, a green tamper-proof chip sticker (i.e. embedded with contactless chip) was introduced for contact-type cards expected to have a shorter term of use.

 

2010 July - Changes shown on CU Link in association with the implementation of new student database, CUSIS

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With the adoption of new 10-digit Student ID (SID) format without bearing with college affiliation starting from 1 Jul 2010, the new CU Link (Student Card) has been printed with additional particulars including college name of the student (for undergraduates) / the words "Graduate School" (for postgraduates), programme admitted and expiry date.

 

2015 May - Relocation of CU Link Card Centre

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The CU Link Card Centre was moved to Room 804, 8/F, Wu Ho Man Yuen (WMY) Building in May 2015.

 
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