Auburn Univ. Issues Mobile Student IDs for Contactless Transactions

The university’s Tiger Card can be added to a student’s iPhone, Apple Watch or Android Phone to open doors and pay for food and merchandise.

Auburn Univ. Issues Mobile Student IDs for Contactless Transactions

William J. Samford Hall is a structure on the campus of Auburn University. (Image: Fabian/

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn University has jumped on the contactless transaction bandwagon. A mobile version of the university’s popular Tiger Card, the new app populates on students’ iPhones, Apple Watches and Android devices, grants access to campus buildings and provides cashless transactions on and off campus anywhere equipped with an NFC-enabled device.

In addition to providing contactless credentials, the new mobile app technology offers students an added level of control and fraud protection.

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

Students can download the app onto their mobile devices at any time.

“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,” explains Jeff Koziol, PACS business development consultant at Allegion, a security provider for the campus.

He continues, “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.”

Students are apparently looking forward to using the new mobile app. “The university always puts the student experience first and is advancing technologies for our benefit,” comments Jason Lee, a senior at the university.

This article first appeared on SSI sister publication Campus Safety.

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