Transact Continues to Expand Support for Student IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch
New schools join growing list to use Transact Mobile Credential, enabling students to securely and easily access facilities and make payments on campus
PHOENIX, AZ, AUGUST 13, 2019 -- Transact today announced the next wave of higher education institutions to begin using Transact Mobile Credential for student IDs in Apple Wallet. Mobile Credentials offer students an easy, secure, and contactless way to navigate campus, allowing them to access facilities and residence halls, as well as make payments for dining, laundry, vending, retail, and more with just their mobile phones.
Leading the next class of Transact clients to adopt this exciting new service are Georgetown University, Arkansas State University, Chowan University, Drake University, Hamilton College, Louisburg College, Norfolk State University, Roanoke College, South Dakota State University, and University of North Alabama.
Transact was the first campus credential solution provider to announce NFC-enabled contactless student IDs for iPhone and Apple Watch at schools across the country. Joining Duke University, The University of Alabama, University of Oklahoma, Temple University, The Johns Hopkins University, Mercer University, and Marshall University as early adopters of Transact Mobile Credential, these additional schools will use both Transact and an array of third-party NFC-enabled devices to facilitate transactions and access privileges using the Mobile Credential across campus.
“Students arriving to university campuses today have grown up using cashless payments, keyless entry and all of the conveniences of mobile devices,” says Bob Dorado, Marshall Mobile ID project lead at Marshall. “Having our virtual identification card secure in Apple Wallet, which allows students to use their phones and watches to open doors and buy meals, is a technology they expect and we are excited to be a national leader and early adopter of Transact Mobile Credential.”
Adoption of the Transact Mobile Credential at the initial schools was swift and expansive. At Duke University, 79% of undergraduate students and 90% of freshmen who use iOS devices have provisioned.
Student reaction has been very positive as they experience first-hand the ease of issuing the Mobile Credential on their devices and the convenience of using it across campus. “The best benefit of a student ID on iPhone is having the peace of mind and the security that you have your student ID at all times. You don’t even need to carry a physical card anymore,” said Taylor, a student at the University of Oklahoma. Students from other institutions who saw the initial announcements have even reached out to Transact directly asking how they too can have access to the Mobile Credential.
“Mercer University is proud to be among the first schools in the nation to give our students the ability to conveniently and securely access their daily tasks with their student ID on iPhone through Transact Mobile Credential,” said Ken Boyer, Associate Vice President at Mercer University. “The Transact Mobile Credential is just what our students need to easily move throughout campus without having to carry multiple credentials. We are proud to partner with Transact on this journey to a contactless campus.”
“The Transact Mobile Credential is transforming how students engage all across campus, similar to how the iPhone transformed how we use our mobile phones,” said David Marr, CEO of Transact. “The excitement from our clients and their students reflects our own and we’re very pleased with the rapid adoption of the Transact Mobile Credential. Our partnerships continue to grow as we work with additional schools to provide this student-centric mobile ID solution.”
Through market-leading credential-driven transactions and privileges, and innovative payment solutions, Transact enables a connected experience across the spectrum of student life. We partner with institutions to deliver a mobile-centric, personalized student and family experience both on and off-campus. Our cloud platform and open APIs deliver mission-critical capabilities that support student success—facilitating meaningful student engagement and rich data for keen institutional insight. Transact is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona and has served the education community for over 35 years.