Apple Inc. says 12 U.S. colleges, with more than 100,000 students, will enable contactless student IDs in Apple Wallet this school year.
The students will be able to use their student IDs on iPhones and Apple Watches to enter buildings protected by keycard access, buy meals, and make purchases in college stores, Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple said Tuesday. Apple first added contactless student-ID capability to Apple Wallet in 2018. Seven institutions already offer the service.
Apple says since the launch of the service students have purchased 1.25 million meals and used a phone or watch to open more than 4 million doors. Apple is adding support for CBORD, an access and food-service vendor, Allegion, a security provider, and HID, a maker of access-control devices.
Students must add their student IDs to Apple Wallet. Once that’s complete, they can hold the iPhone or Watch near a reader wherever physical student ID cards are accepted on and off campus. Two-factor authentication protects the credentials, Apple says.