Three US universities now let students use iPhone and Apple Watch as their campus ID card

For the first time, iPhones and Apple Watches are enabling users to navigate the full range of transactions both on and off campus.

The campuses of the University of Alabama, Duke University and the University of Oklahoma, Blackboard with the aid of Apple is enabling students to use mobile credentials everywhere their plastic ID card was previously accepted. At these three launch institutions, students can add their official student ID card to Apple Wallet to make purchases, authenticate for privileges, as well as enable physical access to dorms, recreation centres, libraries and academic buildings.

With access to campus facilities and events using only an iPhone or Watch, Apple is essentially removing the need for students to carry their physical ID cards and wallets. Making purchases at the bookstore, paying for laundry, or a meal off campus are all supported via the mobile credential on day one. Students simply hold their iPhone or Apple Watch near a capable reader at any location that the physical student ID card was previously accepted either on or off campus.


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University upgrades security to match technology and customer demand

Just a ten minute walk from the city centre, the University of Leeds is upgrading door security in much of its student accommodation to keep pace with changing technology and customer demand. 

One of the biggest and busiest centres of higher education in the UK, the university has more than 34,000 students and over 8,000 staff, making it the third largest employer in Leeds.

With such a large student population to house, its residence portfolio both on and off campus is impressive.It ranges from the Victorian architecture of Lyddon Hall to modern purpose-built apartments such as Storm Jameson Court, through to shared houses and a huge choice of flats and apartments run in partnership with the likes of UNITE and iQ Student Accommodation.

University of Leeds
University of Leeds

Starting university is a really exciting time, and for many students it will be their first time living away from home so both they and their parents will want to know they will be living somewhere safe and secure.

Starting in 2010, Residential Services swapped out its previousmechanical keyed system and since then has been using a wire free electronic access control system from SALTO across much of its student accommodation. This has proven reliable providing the versatility and efficiency to manage in excess of 1737 doors across the campus.

But technology does not stand still, and many advances have taken place since the original installation. So the Residential Services team have now chosen to upgrade their SALTO ProAccess management system to the latest version to take advantage of its increased functionality and features including the ability to use smart phones as access credentials.


Call for Presentations-ECCA 2019 Conference May 19th – 21st 2019, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria

Devoted to innovative use of smart card and mobile contactless technologies, designed to improve the services offered within universities campuses, ECCA 2019 will accept presentations that offer attendees pioneering practices, real and sustainable solutions and a view on future trends.

Smart cards are essential building blocks for many applications and systems used in payment, content protection, transportation, student services, mobile and identification.

Besides the commercial and application aspects of smart cards, the ECCA conference aims to gather researchers and technologists with a strong focus on all aspects of smart card (i.e. cards, tokens, smart phones and embedded chips) development and deployment of solutions, preferably those with strong emphasis on enhancing life within campus.

ECCA 2019 is seeking original solutions and presentations covering all phases of the development and deployment cycle, from exploratory research and proof-of-concept studies to practical and final applications.

The submissions may address one or more of the topics mentioned below or others that authors believe to be of great interest to the audience. These include:

  • Innovations in eID
  • Smart cards, mobile and NFC enabled payment solutions (EMV, e-Purse, proprietary, etc.)
  • Access control to buildings, computers, authentication, etc.
  • Integration of transportation Systems within campus cards
  • Alternative solutions for campus identification and service provision
  • Advances in NFC and contactless technology
  • Advances in embedded Java Card and contactless developments
  • Strong authentication technologies (HW&SW) for Cloud Computing, Services Security and other Enterprises and personal usages
  • Privacy and trust management, deployment of digital signature on campus
  • Security and Privacy in Smart Devices
  • Biometrics, National ID cards
  • Contactless/wireless /mobile systems security risks analysis
  • Mobile commerce
  • Towards future networked society/services
  • Campus card life outside the campus
  • Campus card case studies

Each submission should include a one page abstract detailing the solution, application or research activity to be presented. Final presentation version will be at most 15 slides for a 25 minute duration. Only PDF files will be accepted. Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits.

Important dates:

  • Submission deadline: February 8th, 2019
  • Acceptance or rejection notification: March 1st, 2019
  • Complete abstract version and speaker bio: April 5th, 2019
  • Complete presentationfor the proceedings: May 3rd, 2019


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Apple and the Student ID card

The student ID card officially made its appearance on the Apple stage in the watchOS portion of the keynote at the WWDC earlier this year . Apple Technology VP, Kevin Lynch, announced that this coming fall the student ID card will soon be available to add to iPhone and Apple Watch for access and payments on campus. The integration will enable students to add their campus card to the Wallet app on iPhone or Apple Watch to support access to places like dorms or libraries, as well as support payments at locations across the campus. 

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