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The current process of paying for tuition, books, and housing frustrates college students. They are struggling to navigate the campus and are seeking more convenient and mobile-friendly options to ease the process.
This new generation of Gen Z'ers has even higher expectations of their student IDs to get them access to everything from their dorms and the library to mobile payment options both on and off campus.
To meet these expectations, universities must give students easy, convenient, credential-driven access to authorized services and events. At the same time, secure your campus with a unified, comprehensive door access solution designed specifically for the higher education community to ensure the safety of their campuses.
Institutions are facing increasing pressure from all sides—operational efficiency, staffing shortages, and students demanding a more connected, mobile-friendly campus experience.
Easily manage almost every aspect of your campus with our Next-Generation cloud transaction system and give your students what they CRAVE with Transact IDX®.
Gen Z students expect more from their college experience than ever before. According to a research study we conducted with The Center for Generational Kinetics (CGK), 55% of current college students think colleges that don't offer digital IDs are stuck in the past.
Give your students what they CRAVE—a fast, secure, student ID card on their mobile devices with Transact's NFC-enabled Solution.
Now, with 1.4+ MILLION Mobile Credentials issued, will your school be next?
Maintaining a safe and secure campus is a significant priority and involves multiple locations, systems, and people working together.
Our focus is on technology solutions for higher education, so we understand the complexities of campus security.
Transact gives administrators better security by automating user setup, managing credentials, and controlling access levels based on student and residence hall data.
Unlock a safer, mobile-first campus with Transact Door Access Control and Security solution.
Students can have 24/7 access to contactless smart lockers across campus using their NFC-enabled Transact Mobile Credential for Samsung Wallet™, Apple Wallet™, and Google Wallet™ or contactless student ID cards.
Luxer One with Transact Campus ID's integration provides an on-campus solution, including hardware, software, installation, service, support, and pickup.
Give your students 24/7 access to upload their student ID photo for their mobile and contactless card credentials within Transact eAccounts.
Integrated with your campus' existing Transact Mobile Credential or student ID card solution, your card office can save time and resources by connecting to one solution.
Provide your students with meal options compatible with your current point-of-sale (POS) systems, from self-service to fine dining.
Students can easily make POS dining purchases with cashless payment options through campus ID cards or Transact Mobile Credential.
Transact Meal Plans solutions offer centralized, real-time reports, inventory tracking, and wireless and cellular networking options to streamline dining operations.
Allow students to make cashless purchases with multiple account types and online access—while leveraging existing campus credentials, POS, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.
Give students authorized access to events such as club meetings, athletics, performances, and more.
We've made checking in for events on and off-campus easier with our Transact Mobile Credential or contactless card. With Transact Activities and Events, you can also gain valuable insights into student behavior trends based on tracked data.
Students can use Transact Stored Value or Transact Mobile Credential integration for cashless printing, copying, vending, and laundry purchases.
Compatible with third-party vendors, you can track, control, and report using our flexible campus credential system.
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In today’s digital age, innovative mobile credential solutions that offer convenience, security, and a wide range of functionalities are replacing traditional plastic student IDs. Since college students use their cards often, ID cards can be lost, stolen, damaged, or worn out.
For the past 30 years, physical student IDs were the only game in town—they worked and served their purpose; however, there’s an easier, more secure way to do things now. Technology stores data on a smartphone or watch, so plastic IDs are no longer necessary. We hope you’ll find this mini “how-to guide” to campus ID solutions useful. Keep reading to learn more about:
This information should prove helpful when you’re evaluating your school’s current student ID needs and challenges, so you can make the best decision going forward.
Historically, campus ID solutions included proximity cards, barcodes, RFID cards, and biometric technology. Schools chose the right type of technology for their unique needs and weighed the pros and cons of various factors:
Here’s a brief overview of how each type of technology works:
A proximity card is a contactless card that readers scan and read without inserting into a card reader. Proximity cards feature an embedded metallic antenna coil inside which holds the encoded data and use a low 125 kHz radio frequency to transmit to devices such as a door access reader.
When the card is placed on the reader, the card’s unique strand of numbers is passed to the access control panel, which verifies if the number matches an approved number in the internal database. If the card number is approved, the door will be unlocked.
To use a barcode on an ID card, you first scan the barcode with a barcode reader. The reader feeds the data into a computer system, which retrieves the information associated with that code. The barcode doesn’t contain a lot of information, it simply points to the data in the database software.
Scanning barcodes individually is very labor-intensive. Also, they don’t have a high level of security, as they can be more easily reproduced or forged.
Radio Frequency ID (RFID) cards have radio frequency identification technology. RFID cards communicate with a payment terminal using a radio frequency instead of a magnetic strip. RFID technology allows you to simply tap or wave your credit card near a card reader.
Biometric Technology enables the identification and authentication of a person based on recognizable, verifiable, unique, and specific data. When a card with biometric technology is used, the data stored is checked against the person's biometric data. Even though hackers can’t s predict or break biometrics like they can passwords, they still have the potential to breach them. Experts recommended using two-factor authentication for an added layer of security.
We researched internal and client data and found that students wanted and expected mobile campus ID solutions. Our technology pioneers answered their call by developing Transact Mobile Credential, a secure, mobile-centric campus ID system. This intuitive, more intelligent student ID solution improves the campus experience for students and staff while prioritizing safety and efficiency. It fits with modern technology trends and provides a solid foundation for future developments in campus security and access management.
Mobile Credential is a digital student ID that can do everything a physical ID can do and more, thanks to NFC technology. NFC, short for near-field communication, allows devices like phones and smart watches to exchange small bits of data with other devices and read NFC-equipped cards over relatively short distances.
Mobile Credential uses secure NFC technology and is the only product on the market that integrates with Apple, Samsung, and Google Wallets. It also works with Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch. This technology enables secure transactions by directly reading the mobile device using a contactless method.
It’s easy for students to use Mobile Credential:
Mobile Credential provides an all-in-one central location for completing and managing access control and stored value accounts.
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“At Transact, we’re very passionate about innovation and pioneering a new landscape. Bringing digital mobile credential into student ID is something that started over 15 years ago. We saw the vision for how NFC could be a game-changer for student ID, and started building that technology into our devices, finding the right partners to work with, and working with some of the biggest companies on the planet to integrate student ID into Wallet,” said Rasheed Behrooznia, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Campus ID Solutions at Transact. Mobile Credential was launched in 2018 after it had been rigorously tested by three schools eager to give it a try:
“Transact has been such a valuable partner to provide such an incredible mobile solution. These are quicker transactions; they’re secure transactions; and they're convenient transactions,” said Jeanine Brooks, Action Card Office Director at University of Alabama.
“These early adopters didn’t know how this would all play out and went on that journey with us,” Behrooznia said.
Learn more here about the first three schools that tested Mobile Credential, and how it was one of the best decisions they’ve ever made.
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Campus ID solutions have transformed how college or university campuses operate and students do business. Let’s look at some of the exciting campus-wide features of Mobile Credential:
In addition to these features, Campus ID solutions offer valuable benefits to administrators and students:
According to a national survey, almost three-quarters of students reported moderate or severe psychological distress (National College Health Assessment, American College Health Association, 2021). Making mental health services more accessible is a top priority at Transact. We partnered with Talkiatry, one of the nation’s largest mental health practices offering in-network, virtual care. Access to Talkiatry's services will be incorporated into the Transact eAccounts app and be made available within the Transact Mobile Credential at participating campus. Once enabled, students can connect with:
In addition to connecting students to Talkiatry, Mobile Credential also provides instant access to free and confidential emotional support through the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our solution is so well-received and popular among school administrators and students, we recently surpassed one million Mobile Credential provisions. In fact, Transact Mobile Credential represents more than 80% of the market of mobile Student IDs on client campuses.
If you’re ready to explore the possibilities of Mobile Credential and learn how it can revolutionize your campus, reach out to a Transact representative to take the next step.
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Let's have a quick 30-minute conversation on how your schools can join Big 10 schools like Purdue University and Penn State using Transact Campus ID solutions. This gives students more ways to pay for things around campus and contactless campus-wide access on their mobile devices.