UA Now Offers Campus ID on iPhone and Apple Watch

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Students, faculty and staff at The University of Alabama now have all the functionality of their campus identification cards available on their iPhone and Apple Watch.

Beginning today, they can add the University’s Action (ACT) Card in the Apple Wallet and use it to access buildings and facilities, buy lunch, go to the recreation center, register for events, check out library books and more.

“Students always have their phone in hand,” said Jeanine Brooks, director of the Action Card Office and campus project lead. “Now they have the convenience of their ACT Card with it, too. They don’t have to worry about losing their card or digging it out of their pocket or purse to get in a building. Now they can hold their iPhone or Apple Watch up to the reader and unlock the door or pay for a sandwich.”

UA was one of only three schools chosen by Apple to pilot the program, along with Duke and the University of Oklahoma. It worked with Blackboard Transact, the vendor that manages the ACT Card on campus, to place the reader devices across the University and at businesses around Tuscaloosa that accept Bama Cash from the ACT Card.

The digital card in Apple Wallet is not only convenient, it provides greater security as well, especially for students who may lose their plastic card. It also requires a multi-factor authentication on the device to keep the card information secure.

The ACT Card in Apple Wallet works with the iPhone 6 and later, and Apple Watch Series 1 and later. Information about how to ADD the digital card to Wallet and everywhere it works is available at https://actcard.ua.edu/

For more information about Student ID cards in Apple Wallet for iPhone and Apple Watch, visit https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/10/apple-adds-support-for-contactless-student-id-cards-in-wallet/

Contact

Monica Watts, associate vice president for communications, 205-348-5411, monica.watts@ua.edu

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.