08 Jun Apple Rolls Out Digital IDs to University Students
It was recently announced that Apple will be deploying its digital ID technology to Duke University, the University of Alabama and the University of Oklahoma sometime this fall, and to Johns Hopkins University, Santa Clara University and Temple University by the end of 2018.
Students will then receive their ID cards on their iPhones and Apple Watches, replacing physical badges. The new IDs will also use “near-field communication,” or NFC, which is the same technology that undergrids Apple Pay. It is said that this is the first time NFC will be opened up to enable campus ID cards.
However, edtech consultant Phil Hill says that the downside may be unintended consequences, and expressed his concern regarding data safeguards and whether the tech is used only for its intended purposes. He said that while fixing breaches may be easy for Apple, physical security issues may be a bigger problem to deal with.