Yoti is providing digital ID cards for secondary school students in Auckland, New Zealand. The cards will be distributed in collaboration with Auckland Transport (AT), and will be offered at no cost to the schools themselves.
According to Yoti and AT, the new digital student cards will reduce administrative costs for schools, since they will no longer need to waste as much time and money printing plastic cards. The digital cards are stored in a wallet on the students’ smartphones, and can be easily replaced in a matter of mnutes if a student’s phone gets lost or stolen. That creates further savings for schools, since they will no longer need to reissue physical cards that have gone missing.
Having said that, students will not be forced to participate in the new digital ID program, and will be able to choose whether they would prefer to have a physical or a digital card. Physical cards will also be issued to any students who do not have a smartphone.
The AT digital IDs will be accepted at a range of businesses in the Auckland area. As is the case with other Yoti ID programs, students will have full control over their digital ID, and will be able to decide when and where they share their personal information.
“We are excited to be offering Digital ID to all Auckland secondary schools and students,” said Yoti NZ Commercial Director Karl Stemp. “Auckland Transport adopting this innovation is showing great initiative to make the concessions process more customer focused and giving people a plastic free option for ID cards makes sense as part of these improvements.”
Yoti previously partnered with New Zealand’s MyMahi platform to try to educate the country’s youth about the benefits of digital IDs. The company has already delivered digital student IDs for New College Lanarkshire in Scotland, and enabled secure logins and age checks for the Native student ticketing app. It has also started the accreditation process to become an official ID in Australia.