Apple expanding contactless student ID to 100,000 students at 12 more colleges

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in iPhone edited August 13
Apple has grown its contactless student ID program to more colleges, with 12 more colleges deploying the technology.




Once students add their student ID to Apple Wallet, they simply hold their iPhone or Apple Watch near a reader anywhere physical student ID cards are accepted on and off campus. With contactless student IDs in Apple Wallet, students can leave their physical wallets at home and no longer have to worry about misplacing their physical cards.

Students will be able to use their student ID in Apple Wallet on their devices to get into dorms, buy lunch, verify attendance in some cases, and other tasks. School credentials are protected by two-factor authentication.

When a student authenticates, the ID appears on the lock screen. Following the pop-up, it will then have the user verify identity with Face ID or Touch ID, in the same fashion as an Apple Pay transaction. The technology is the same one that Apple used at the 2018 and 2019 WWDC for attendee authentication.

Apple is adding support for campus credentials and mobile access technologies from CBORD, Allegion, and HID to enable more students to add their student IDs to Apple Wallet.

The technology has been newly added to Clemson University, Georgetown University, University of Tennessee, University of Kentucky, University of San Francisco, University of Vermont, Arkansas State University, South Dakota State University, Norfolk State University, Louisburg College, University of North Alabama, and Chowan University campuses.

The deployment is in addition to existing installations at Duke University, University of Oklahoma, University of Alabama, Temple University, Johns Hopkins University, Marshall University, and Mercer University

"We're happy to add to the growing number of schools that are making getting around campus easier than ever with iPhone and Apple Watch," said Jennifer Bailey, Apple's vice president of Internet Services. "We know students love this feature. Our university partners tell us that since launch, students across the country have purchased 1.25 million meals and opened more than 4 million doors across campuses by just tapping their iPhone and Apple Watch."

The launch of iOS 11 brought Core NFC, a framework that lets developers tap into iPhone's onboard NFC chip to scan NFC Data Exchange Format (NDEF) data tags. In the iPhone XS family, Background Tag Reading will automatically read NFC tags, and deliver the data it collects to the appropriate apps -- which Apple notes can speed identification process at supporting universities.

The changes to Core NFC are a continuation of Apple's efforts to open up the technology for other uses. In Apple Park, Apple employees are already using iPhones and Apple Watches to unlock doors via NFC, something highlighted in the 2018 iPhone release event's opening skit.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,319member
    Shouldn’t all students have the Mark of the Beast on their forehead and embedded in their right hand by now? What happened to the Armageddon we were promised as kids? 

    /s
    FileMakerFeller
  • Reply 2 of 9
    Shouldn’t all students have the Mark of the Beast on their forehead and embedded in their right hand by now? What happened to the Armageddon we were promised as kids? 

    /s
    You were promised Armageddon as a kid?  What a lucky SpamSandwich...

    I wasn’t even promised blindness...

    I have found 666 to be lucky.  The jury is still out on 616...
    FileMakerFeller
  • Reply 3 of 9
    We had contactless student IDs when I was in college in the 90's. A barcode scanner doesn't need physical contact. :-)
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 9
    JWSCJWSC Posts: 512member
    Shouldn’t all students have the Mark of the Beast on their forehead and embedded in their right hand by now? What happened to the Armageddon we were promised as kids? 

    /s
    It’s coming in 12 years.  Similar to fusion, the apocalypse will always be 12 years away.
    FileMakerFeller
  • Reply 5 of 9
    tjwolftjwolf Posts: 293member
    Doodpants said:
    We had contactless student IDs when I was in college in the 90's. A barcode scanner doesn't need physical contact. :-)
    Neither do TouchID/FaceID.  Not sure why they keep saying "tap to..." Been using contactless payment on iPhone for years now and never once had to "tap".
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 9
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 1,395unconfirmed, member
    Apples innovation at work.

    JWSC said:
    Shouldn’t all students have the Mark of the Beast on their forehead and embedded in their right hand by now? What happened to the Armageddon we were promised as kids? 

    /s
    It’s coming in 12 years.  Similar to fusion, the apocalypse will always be 12 years away.

    It's coming when Android's Project Aria takes over the market.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 9
    JFC_PAJFC_PA Posts: 357member
    Bringing a watch or iPhone into range of a detector is certainly easier than scrambling into my wallet for a pass card. 
    edited August 13 watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 9
    Reminds me of Wally's comment from the Dilbert cartoons: "I don't like to touch that stuff with my hands."

    And Apple's "1984" commercial.
    edited August 13 Kishadeon1
  • Reply 9 of 9
    steveausteveau Posts: 242member
    JWSC said:
    Shouldn’t all students have the Mark of the Beast on their forehead and embedded in their right hand by now? What happened to the Armageddon we were promised as kids? 

    /s
    It’s coming in 12 years.  Similar to fusion, the apocalypse will always be 12 years away.
    Every properly conducted study since the 1970's gives our end date as a civilisation as 'around 2050'. Recent reports confirm that prediction, and current events don't give us much hope of a reprieve.
    watto_cobra
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