As University and College students prepare for the upcoming school year, they may be interested in this new addition to the Apple Wallet. Students will be able to add their Student ID to their iPhone and Apple Watch within the Wallet app in Canada and the US. This will enable them to get around campus and to help make contactless purchases in a secure and convenient way.
Not only convenient for making purchases at the book store for supplies but also to access buildings and classrooms as well as for purchasing meals at the cafeterias. Traditionally many campuses rely on plastic cards to have the access and to make transitions, this mobile approach allows students a more convenient way to take care of their needs both on and off campus.
The Student ID in Wallet was first launched in April 2021. This fall, the University of Alabama will be the first school to exclusively issue Mobile Student IDs to their 38,000 students with eligible devices.
“The response from our campus community for the mobile ID has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Jeanine Brooks, the University of Alabama’s Action Card director. “Going contactless over the last year was an easy transition for us because of it. Using their UA ACT Card in Wallet has saved students — and the university — time and money. They use it to access their residence halls, recreation centers, student events, libraries, vending machines, and so much more. Students don’t lose their cards, so card theft and replacement are no longer concerns or costs. Our students are thrilled with this feature.”
Canada’s first University to adapt the Mobile Student ID is the University of New Brunswick with “UNB is a leader in deploying technology that is convenient and easy to use,” said Terry Nikkel, University of New Brunswick’s chief information officer and associate vice president of Information Technology Services. “Our students with iPhone and Apple Watch are really going to like our mobile ID card for its flexibility and usefulness, and we are pleased to be the first university in Canada to offer this service.”
Sheridan College will also be integrating the latest technology in coming months.
Mobile student IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch offer students and schools an extra level of security and privacy, as students do not need to worry about misplacing their plastic card. Also, transaction history is never shared with Apple or stored on Apple servers. If a student misplaces their iPhone or Apple Watch, they can use the Find My app to immediately lock their device and help locate it.
To enable student IDs on Wallet, Apple works with industry leaders for campus credentials and mobile access, including Transact, CBORD, TouchNet, Atrium, HID Global, and Allegion.