Yoti will be used to provide digital IDs for the students of New College Lanarkshire in Scotland. The school currently has more than 15,000 students, each of whom has been given a plastic ID card that can be used to gain access to various campus resources and facilities.
The introduction of Yoti will theoretically eliminate the need for those plastic cards moving forward. To receive one, students will first need to download the Yoti app and set up an account. After that, they only need to submit a photo and their school email address. The student ID will automatically appear on their home screen as soon as the process is complete.
New College Lanarkshire had initiated digital transformation talks before the onset of COVID-19, but the school accelerated its plans after the pandemic hit. The pandemic generated more interest in contactless technologies, and the digital IDs can be distributed without the long lineups that used to be part of the initiation process. Face-to-face interaction increases the risk of spread of COVID-19, so the digital IDs are safer for both students and school staff.
The digital IDs are expected to lower costs and minimize the amount of waste generated at the college. Yoti, meanwhile, has provided digital IDs for several organizations in the past few months. NHS outfitted its employees with digital IDs at the start of the pandemic, and Volunteer Edinburgh followed suit for its volunteers a few months later. The company has also partnered with New Zealand’s MyMahi, which helps students bridge the gap between school and the professional world, and with Aldershot Town FC, which is the first English National League to hand out digital IDs to its players.
Other organizations have used the Yoti app to share COVID-19 immunity credentials. Those credentials are made possible through the company’s partnership with GeneMe, which is the developer of the FRANKD COVID-19 testing system.