Allegion, CBORD Now Provide Campus Mobile Credential Solutions on Android Phones

Students, faculty and staff can now use their Android phones to access campus buildings and make purchases through Google Pay.

CARMEL, Ind. — Allegion U.S., together with CBORD, a leading higher education technology solutions provider, announces they have expanded their offerings and now provide on-campus mobile credential solutions on Android phones.

Students, faculty and staff on participating campuses can now use their Android phones to conveniently, safely and securely access campus buildings and make purchases through Google Pay, while the universities benefit from operational efficiencies, according to the company.

Allegion and CBORD first launched contactless mobile IDs for campuses in August 2019, for Apple devices. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, University of Vermont and University of San Francisco were among the first schools to leverage the solution.

The solution was said to be well-received and will be extended to Android phones on more campuses throughout this year to reach an even larger population.

“COVID-19 accelerated the adoption of and demand for contactless solutions across the campus population. With many campuses looking to reopen for in-person classes this fall, having a contact-free solution became paramount to ensure a safe reopening,” says Jeff Koziol, business development manager of campus software partners at Allegion. “Campus security directors can now offer students and faculty assurance that they can come back to campus safely, with contactless access in place to reduce touchpoints and trace outbreaks, while adding convenience.”

Once the CBORD credential is provisioned, users present their device to NFC-enabled readers to pay for food, vending or laundry, or access exterior and interior doors at campus buildings and residence halls. Schlage readers and locks also support the Transact NFC Android and the Apple iOS NFC mobile credentials.

CBORD and Transact’s Mobile Credentials for Google Pay leverage NXP Semiconductor’s secure MIFARE 2GO Cloud service, which enables use of the credentials on all compatible Android NFC-enabled phones.

“Campus credentials in the mobile wallet continue to reinvent and enhance the student experience,” says Larry Delaney, vice president of strategic alliances at CBORD. “The ability to issue student IDs and access privileges prior to students returning to campus is yet another example of modern convenience and improved efficiency that mobile credentials provide.”

Additional benefits for further convenience and interoperability touted include that:

  • They are wallet-based — the credentials make the transition seamless, as the campus population already tends to utilize digital wallets
  • The credentials allow for self-service — which helps the campus population avoid lines to traditional university card offices, which is critical as traffic is an area of concern during this pandemic
  • They are protected by two-factor authentication — the solution allows students to request two-factor authentication by leveraging the pin pad or biometrics already present on their phone. The credentials can be remotely deactivated by the student or university, for added security

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