The University of Florida has become the first institution of higher education in the state to adopt mobile ID technology, allowing its students, faculty and staff to use their smartphones as digital credentials for various campus services.
The new technology, developed by Transact Campus, enables users to access campus buildings, buy food, borrow library books and more with a simple tap of their phone near a reader. The mobile IDs are designed to be faster and more convenient than physical cards, which will still be issued when needed.
“For the past two years, we’ve focused on upgrading the GATOR ONE ID infrastructure with the goal of offering a mobile option, and we’re excited that it’s now a reality,” said Eddie Daniels, assistant vice president for business services. “Offering this new feature for our students and employees will enhance the way we conduct transactions on campus.”
The incoming class of freshmen will be among the first to receive a mobile ID during their orientation session. By fall, the technology will be available to the entire campus community.
The news comes just about a week after Indiana’s Purdue University announced its own mobile student ID solution, underscoring the growing adoption of digital identity technology across higher education institutions. And it suggests that Florida may be turning into something of a hotbed of mobile ID experimentation, after the news earlier this month that the University of Miami Health System and the Miller School of Medicine had partnered with identity technology provider CLEAR on a system that will let patients and employees access digital records remotely – and confirm their identity – through a mobile app.
Source: University of Florida
April 27, 2023 – by Alex Perala