The University of Texas at Tyler and Transact announced that the university now offers secure mobile ID cards for the campus community. UT Tyler is the first UT System institution to move forward and provide a digital campus ID option for students, faculty, and staff.
With mobile IDs, the campus community can complete any action that would have previously required a physical ID card with just their iPhone, Apple Watch or Android phone. Users simply place their ready device near a campus card reader. Transact is the campus credential solution provider offering NFC-enabled digital IDs for UT Tyler.
The move from physical cards to the Mobile P2 Card on iPhone, Apple Watch or Android phones allows for transactions that are safe and convenient. UT Tyler can also issue school IDs remotely without the need to see students in-person or print and mail physical cards, creating a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly process.
“We are excited to partner with Transact in offering this secure access option to our students,” said Kim Laird, EdD, UT Tyler senior vice president for business affairs and chief operating officer for academic affairs. “Our students are exceptionally tech-savvy. They balance multiple competing academic and professional priorities, daily. Never without their electronic device, they are now assured safe and secure access to campus resources at any time.”
The Mobile P2 Card on iPhone, Apple Watch or Android phones is also protected by multi factor authentication to ensure only the user can access their own account, even if someone else knows their password.
“UT Tyler supports 10,000 students across six colleges, so innovative solutions like our mobile IDs don’t just modernize the experience, they make it more efficient for everyone on campus,” said Danny Johnson, regional vice president, Transact. “UT Tyler provides a wealth of learning opportunities and dynamic programs, and now it will provide a simplified experience for students, faculty and administrators as well.”