A system in place at the universities of Tennessee, Vermont and San Francisco is enabling students to access buildings and buy essentials with their iPhones and Apple watches as replacements for traditional student identification cards. The solution at those institutions uses a combination of electronic or wireless locks and readers from Schlage and security technology from Allegion and CBORD, working with Apple’s Wallet app.
The setup enables students, faculty and staff to get into locked buildings campus, such as residence halls, and do monetary transactions on and off campus. To use the service, they hold their iPhone or Apple Watch near a reader anywhere physical student ID cards are accepted. Schools can wirelessly issue credentials to users that are protected by two-factor authentication and that can be remotely deactivated by the student or college.