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School district introduces mobile payment app for lunches

August 21, 2012

Mobile payments aren't just limited to tech-savvy entrepreneurs and shoppers. Now, the public sector is taking a fresh look at the payment systems.

Mobile payments aren’t just limited to tech-savvy entrepreneurs and shoppers. Now, the public sector is taking a fresh look at the payment systems.

For example, the Cobb County School district in Georgia has announced that it will be offering parents an iPhone or iPad app that allows them to pay for their child’s school meals, the Acworth Patch reports.

The app, which will be available via the Apple App Store, is free and helps busy parents make quick, on-the-go payments, according to the website. Additionally, it can help parents keep a closer eye on their children to make sure they are eating healthy by showing them what foods they choose from the cafeteria.

“Through the app, parents can check their children’s account balances, review recent transactions and add money using a credit card, debit card, savings account or checking account,” the Acworth Patch explains. Each account can be personalized with a child’s photo, and the app automatically alerts parents when preset balances are low.”

This is just one of many new apps being developed to appeal to local school systems. Business2Community reports that many schools are actually attempting to develop their own personalized apps to give parents and children more information and opportunities.

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