What’s the Future of Student ID cards?

By Mike Luter

What is the future of the student ID card as we  have known it for the last 20 years? Well, Apple is adding more universities to the list of schools using contactless student IDs on the iPhone and Apple Watch. According to Apple, the current list includes Clemson University, Georgetown University, University of Tennessee, University of Kentucky, University of San Francisco, University of Vermont, Arkansas State University, South Dakota State University, Norfolk State University, Louisburg College, University of North Alabama and Chowan University.

Students simply hold their iPhone or Apple Watch near a reader anywhere physical student ID cards are accepted on and off campus. Therefore, no more need to carry a physical wallet.

I expect there will will be many more schools to come!  What do you think? How long before it shows up in high schools and elementary schools? How long will the traditional school ID card as we know it today be around?

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