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Apple Launches Contactless I.D. Cards In Three U.S. Universities

Forgot you student I.D card at home again? Late to class again? No need to worry anymore because Apple finally made it official by announcing that students at three universities in the United States can now add their student ID cards to Apple Wallet to get around campus using just contactless identification card via iPhone or Apple Watch.

In June, Apple announced at the Worldwide Developer Conference that it would start working with universities to provide a contactless I.D. card experience that would enable students to forego physical cards in favor of just carrying their student identities around on their iPhone or Apple Watch.

Students at the University of Alabama, Duke University and the University of Oklahoma are now officially able to add their university I.D. card onto the Apple Wallet app in iOS 12 or watchOS 5 and just use that digital card experience to execute a number of jobs around the campus. More universities will be following suit very soon according to Apple.

It can be used to pay quickly and easily for, coffee, laundry or lunch, and even give access to dorm rooms, gym, or the school library. It’s never been easier to buy supplies at the bookstore or pay for a meal off-campus. All you have to do is simply hold an iPhone or Apple Watch to the reader, anywhere the physical student ID cards are accepted on and off campus.

Students will also have an option to bypass the need to authenticate with Touch ID, Face ID, or a passcode, by opting for an Express Mode. Thus allowing for the quickest possible entry into the buildings around campus. No more tardiness!
“iPhone and Apple Watch have brought us into a new era of mobility, helping to transform everyday experiences,” said Apple’s vice president of Internet Services, Jennifer Bailey. “When we launched Apple Pay, we embarked on a goal to replace the physical wallet. By adding transit, loyalty cards, and contactless ticketing we have expanded the capabilities of Wallet beyond payments, and we’re now thrilled to be working with campuses on adding contactless student ID cards to bring customers even more easy, convenient and secure experiences.”

According to Apple, three other institutes, Johns Hopkins University, Santa Clara University, and Temple University have plans to roll out this innovative feature to their students by the end of the following academic year.