Students at South Carolina’s Clemson University will be able to use their iPhones and iPads as student IDs starting with the coming school year, thanks to technology from HID Global and its parent company, ASSA ABLOY.
HID first teamed up with Apple on mobile ID technology last in June of last year, with the aim of developing virtual student IDs that could be stored in the Apple Wallet app. That autumn, Apple followed up the news with the announcement that it had delivered virtual student IDs in collaboration with Duke University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Oklahoma.
Now, HID Global is bringing this kind of functionality to Clemson. Students will be able to store their student IDs on their iPhones and Apple Watches, and that will deliver the kind of functionality offered by physical student ID cards – including things like purchasing meals, using print services, and accessing other student resources. And thanks to the school’s embrace of Corbin Russwin and SARGENT electronic locks from ASSA ABLOY – together with HID Global’s Seos-enabled credentials – it will also be possible to use these virtual student IDs to access locked areas like residence halls and the gym.
“HID Global is excited to play an important role in creating transformative connected university experiences that make it easy for students to simply use their iPhone or Apple Watch to enjoy all that daily campus life has to offer,” commented HID Global CEO Stefan Widing in a statement announcing the development. “HID’s broad range of technology and electronic locks from our parent company ASSA ABLOY are helping Clemson University students, faculty and staff take full advantage of convenient mobility applications.”
This is the second time HID Global has appeared in the news this week, with ASSA ABLOY being one of the industry leaders behind the newly-launched FiRa Consortium for Ultra-Wideband technology.