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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