Auburn University launches mobile student IDs for iPhone, Apple Watch and Android devices

Tiger Card can now be added to iPhone, Apple Watch or Android Phone

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Auburn University is going contactless. The university announced today that its Tiger Card can now be added as a mobile student ID card to compatible iPhone, Apple Watch or Android devices. Students will be able to use the mobile ID to access campus buildings, purchase meals and more.    

The campus-issued mobile ID adds a level of convenience and accessibility to the popular Tiger Card and can be used anywhere a plastic ID card is used, both on and off campus. Once provisioned, users simply present an iPhone, Apple Watch or Android phone to NFC-enabled devices to pay for food, vending or laundry or open exterior and interior doors to campus buildings and residence halls.

“We’re thrilled to launch contactless technology at Auburn this fall,” said Bobby R. Woodard, senior vice president for Student Affairs. “It’s something our students have wanted, and we have worked hard to bring the safest, most secure and most convenient method of accessing buildings and services to campus.”

Auburn worked with industry-leading technology provider, CBORD, as well as the global access and security provider, Allegion, to enable this completely contact-free solution. 

“At Auburn, we strive to bring the best technologies to our students, and now we bring a sea change to our identity solution with the mobile credential project,” said Kevin Watson, director of Student Affairs Technology. “We’re certain our students will appreciate a quicker and safer way to use the Tiger Card from their phones as the program rolls out this fall.“

Apart from the convenient access to campus card activity, contactless credentials can also be instantly and remotely issued, revoked or reactivated, offering an added level of control and fraud protection for the university. 

“I’m excited for the convenience of having easy access to buildings and dining facilities on campus,” said Auburn senior Jason Lee. “This is one of the many things I love about Auburn—how the university always puts the student experience first and is advancing technologies for our benefit.”

Starting today, Auburn Tiger Card holders now have access to the new mobile campus ID and can follow step-by-step instructions to provision the mobile credential. 

“The campus card—whether it be traditional plastic or mobile—is the nucleus of a student’s daily routine. From accessing their residence hall and academic buildings to checking out library books, hitting the gym and eating at the dining commons—the student card is used often and everywhere,” said Jeff Koziol, PACS business development consultant at Allegion. “Auburn University’s upgrade to mobile credentials enhances the student experience with the various Schlage readers on campus, while providing a touchless scenario when interacting with the readers that is important during pandemic times. The mobile credentials can be distributed remotely on a self-service basis with control still being maintained by the campus, eliminating the need for frequent trips or long lines at a campus card office.”

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