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The university of Georgia is prepping to migrate its campus community to a new campus safety app. The university previously leveraged the LiveSafe app, but will now move to a new app called UGA Safe.

According to an official university release, UGA Safe will continue to promote safety and emergency preparedness across the University of Georgia community. The new app is available for free download from the Google Play store or the Apple App store.

Features of the UGA Safe app include:

LiveSafe will officially be discontinued on September 1, 2022. Once students have downloaded the new safety app, they can login using their UGA MyID or register as a guest to take advantage of the app's features.

UGAAlert, Georgia's emergency notification system, will remain unchanged and will continue to include email, text, and voice phone calls.

With labor shortages and crowded dining locations, a pizza robot that produces up to 100 pies an hour with a significant reduction in food waste sounds like a winner for higher ed. Enter the Picnic Pizza Station from Food automation technology provider, Picnic Works. The technology is being deployed via a university partnership with food service management company, Chartwells Higher Education.

Following a successful pilot program at Texas A&M and the University of Chicago, Chartwells is revamping the campus dining experience with cutting-edge kitchen equipment from Picnic.

"Our team realized an unexpected benefit during the pilot," says Christopher Burr, VP of Digital Strategy for Chartwells Higher Education. "Due to the speed in which we were able to produce pizzas, we reduced waste at the end of the day by moving to a "just in time" production model."

The Picnic Pizza Station provides kitchens an immediate return on investment through automation, helping restaurants reduce labor by 66%. The station also aids in reducing food waste to around 2%, a significant reduction from the average 10% most kitchens experience today.

"We're (also) exceeding diner expectations, with 80% of A&M students surveyed saying they believe robotic technology helps make tastier, more consistent pizzas," says Clayton Wood, Picnic CEO.

Starting this fall, the Picnic Pizza Station will be implemented across an initial five university campuses to streamline dining operations and promote timely service and consistent food quality for students and guests. The first five universities will include Texas A&M, the University of Chicago, Missouri State University, Carroll University, and Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.

Customers can visit to get more information, see demo videos, and reserve a system, as well as input their own numbers into a cost savings estimator. 

Founded in 2016, Picnic Works develops and provides specialized technology for the food service and hospitality industries. In addition to university campuses, the company's automated food assembly platform is being used in restaurants, convenience and grocery stores, corporate campuses, hospitality, sports venues, catering, ghost kitchens, mobile food operations, and food trucks.

A school shooting has put the spotlight on how campus IDs can potentially make students, teachers and communities safer. With the student credential at the heart of campus access control and security, could the card play a larger role in campus safety?

Last November, four students were killed and seven injured during the shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan. Now current and former students from the school have filed a federal lawsuit that is seeking more information about the shooting, a third-party investigation into actions taken by the district, and relevant policy changes.

The 15-year-old shooter was allowed to return to class after drawing bloody images, searching online for ammunition and other behavior that the lawsuit alleges should have resulted in more forceful preventative action from Oxford High School officials. The lawsuit does not seek monetary damages.

Student ID checks

In the meantime, the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, have reignited conversation about campus safety on a national level. Oxford school officials have taken steps to proactivity address security issues on campus to better thwart incidents, avoid public relations issues, and stop lawsuits. That includes student ID checks, along with mandating clear backpacks and banning the use of lockers.

Campus IDs, both in the university level and K12 environments, could play an increasingly important role going forward as institutions continue to add more security measures to shore-up campus safety.

In school transit, technology-as-a-service provider Reaxium, is one of a host of companies that offers a student ridership tracking system that enables parents and school administrators to keep track of students locations on bus rides via campus IDs. As the company explains it a recent blog, the system helps to make school transportation both more efficient and safer.

"Drivers will use buses outfitted with a tablet to guide them during the trip, notify them of the right stop and show them the student roster, when the bus arrives at a stop or school, students will check-in or check-out at the device with their school IDs,” the company wrote. “Increasing safety has been one of the most important aspects of student ID cards as a result of children taking the wrong bus, children falling asleep in the back seat, or parents not knowing the status of the bus that their children are on."

At the university level, a select number of campuses are enacting policies that require IDs be visibly worn on lanyards, with a recent example coming from Western University in London, Ontario. The policy applies to students, faculty and visitors, and is intended to increase safety along with a sense of community.

While visible IDs alone won't fully deter wrongdoing, it does offer an added level of awareness of campus community status, boost access control protocols, and help ensure that an intruder feels out of place.

Samsung Electronics has revealed the Samsung Wallet, a new platform that enables Galaxy device users to organize digital keys, boarding passes, digital student ID cards and more, in one secure mobile application.

According to an official company release, the Samsung Wallet is protected by defense-grade security from Samsung Knox and takes advantage of an open Galaxy ecosystem by integrating with Samsung Blockchain Wallet to easily monitor cryptocurrencies and SmartThings to unlock doors.

“Samsung Wallet is bringing a new level of everyday convenience to mobile devices with a totally safe and secure environment for storing digital keys, cards and more,” says Jeanie Han, EVP and Head of Digital Life, MX Business at Samsung Electronics. “As part of our ongoing commitment to open ecosystems, we will continue to expand on the capabilities of Samsung Wallet by working closely with our trusted partners and developers.”

Among the features teased in the Samsung Wallet is support for official IDs, including mobile student IDs and driver's licenses. Samsung says more updates on the mobile student ID is expected later this year.

For the other features, Samsung Wallet will provide users with a refined interface and one-swipe access to their payment cards, loyalty and membership cards, and more. Samsung Wallet also incorporates the functionality of Samsung Pass, an existing service that securely stores passwords and enables users to quickly and easily log into apps and services.

The Samsung Wallet will also enable users to quickly monitor their digital asset portfolio by checking the value of their cryptocurrencies across various exchanges.

With the integration of SmartThings and Samsung’s partnerships with well-known home security companies, Samsung Wallet users can also add digital home keys to conveniently lock and unlock their doors with a Galaxy device. Samsung Wallet also supports for digital automobile keys on select BMW, Genesis and Hyundai models, which lets users lock and unlock cars, and start engines.

A separate partnership with Korean Air will enable Samsung Wallet to store Korean Air boarding passes for easy access, making it simple and convenient to board a flight.

The Samsung Knox security platform offers protections that include fingerprint recognition and encryption to help safeguard sensitive data. In addition to Samsung Knox, certain sensitive items in Samsung Wallet are stored in an isolated environment -- the embedded Secure Element -- which also helps protect against digital and physical hacking.

Galaxy users in six markets -- France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States -- can get started by opening Samsung Pay or the Samsung Pass app from their eligible Galaxy devices and follow prompts to update and migrate to Samsung Wallet.

A smart locker system from iLockerz is leveraging ELATEC readers to support the full range of campus credentials including NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy. The iLockerz solutions enables students to check out laptops and tablets on demand using a student ID card or mobile credential.

As outlined in a new case study released by ELATEC, iLockerz make smart lockers systems with integrated charging ports to support secure checkout of expensive electronics. The lockers protect valuable equipment from theft or misuse while ensuring that all rental units remain available and fully charged for authorized users.

With the iLockerz system, users can access the assets they need 24/7 without requiring intervention from an equipment manager. The campus can also have a complete record of who accessed which piece of equipment and when.

iLockerz have been used across a number of industries to manage a wide range of of assets. The system has been used for scanners in the retail and logistics sector, for medications, medical devices and tablets for healthcare; and for radios and body cameras for emergency service teams.

In the college campus environment, the smart locker system enables students to check out laptops and tablets, among other use cases. When its time to return a rental laptop or tablet, students simply place the device back in the locker, where it remains charged and ready for the next user.

To make the move to higher ed, iLockerz was in need of a user authentication solution that could handle the needs of students, equipment managers and IT departments. The company was looking for an authentication solution that was easy to use, easy to manage and update, reliable, and secure.

The chosen authentication number also had to be affordable to help the company keep the costs of the locker system down.

The ELATEC TWN4 Slim reader was the authentication answer for the iLockerz smart locker system.

The TWN4 Slim is a cost-effective and powerful reader that supports 60+ RFID technologies plus smartphone authentication using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) or Near-Field Communication (NFC). This versatility enables the locker system to work with whatever technologies are already in place on campus.

Students and faculty can use the same campus ID card or credential they already use for access to buildings, printers and other amenities around campus. The TWN4 is highly reliable, ensuring fast and dependable access to essential technology. The readers also support fast configuration and reconfiguration over a network, so they can be easily updated if security or technology requirements change.

ELATEC reports that its TWN4 readers are now present in more than 50% of all iLockerz installations, facilitating more than two million transactions each year at a bad read/failure rate of less than 0.1%.

Mobile food-ordering and delivery platform provider, Grubhub, has partnered with Cartken, a technology startup that specializes in self-driving, AI-powered robotics and delivery operations, to bring robot delivery to college campuses. The new delivery partnership was piloted at Ohio State University this spring, and a full roll out will begin when students return to campus this fall.

Grubhub partners with more than 250 college campuses across the United States to give students the ability to integrate meal plans directly into their Grubhub account and access restaurants both on- and off-campus for delivery and pickup. The partnership with Cartken for autonomous robot delivery builds on Grubhub's existing campus offering and is a seamless fit for campus environments.

"Robot delivery is exciting for students and helps provide even better service and innovative solutions to our campus partners," says Eric Harper, senior director of campus environments at Grubhub. "We've worked with Ohio State University for years on the campus dining front, and they are always an early adopter of solutions that create efficiencies for their operations and improve the student experience. We look forward to supporting our university partners and responding to their unique delivery environments as we roll out this technology at other campuses in the coming months."

"Robot delivery has been very popular on campus this past school year, validating our prediction that students would appreciate autonomous mobile delivery," says Zia Ahmed, senior director of Student Life Dining Services at Ohio State University. "We are excited about the return of robots to campus, and we have been testing the Cartken robots during the spring semester with the same vision to lower the cost of delivery, reduce the time it takes to deliver food and enhance sustainability."

The Cartken autonomous robot platform is designed to transport goods over short distances in malls, business parks and local neighborhoods. The company's team of engineers and operators combine deep expertise in self-driving cars, AI-powered robotics and delivery operations.

Cartken's robots navigate pavements, crosswalks and pedestrian paths within the campus area without human guidance. The robots use Cartken's artificial intelligence and camera-based navigation and mapping technology, which the company developed for small autonomous vehicles to safely operate around pedestrians.

Human override remains an option if necessary, for instances when a path is blocked, guaranteeing reliable operation and minimizing delivery delays. Cartken's robots operate at up to three miles per hour on campus and handle various weather conditions, including rain and snow.

"We're thrilled to be working with Grubhub to delight students and campus staff with robot delivery," says Christian Bersch, CEO of Cartken. "This collaboration perfectly aligns with our mission to use robotics and AI technology to provide friction-free and environmentally sustainable delivery, and have robots serve the community. We are excited to scale alongside Grubhub and offer robot delivery to students on campuses across the country."

A new NFC mobile ID initiative in China is enabling elementary school students to make payments and provide proof of ID using special NFC mobile devices.

Students attending Hainan Lu Xun Middle School in Sanya, China are the first in the country to trial a digital yuan mobile wallet device that enables them to make payments to designated merchants on and off campus. The device supports payments using China’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), and also acts as a means to verify their identity using NFC.

According to a report from NFCW, the mobile device is called the Super SIM Hard Wallet, and is a small, handheld device that resembles a smartphone. The device does enable students to make and receive phone calls from selected numbers, including those of trusted family members and emergency services.

Parents can transfer yuan to their child’s mobile device from their digital yuan wallet app and set transaction limits. Parents can also monitor expenditure over time and track their child's location via the device’s on board GPS capability.

The Super SIM Hard Wallet was developed by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China as part of a partnership with mobile network operators in the region including China Mobile. The initiative is also a practical alternative to Chinese regulations that ban the use of conventional smartphones by students on primary and middle school campuses.

A spokesperson for the initiative said: “Parents can not only learn about their children’s consumption through the digital smart student ID card at any time, but also transfer their children’s living expenses conveniently and quickly to achieve a win-win situation for the school, parents and students.”

The People’s Bank of China began piloting digital yuan wallets in January 2021 and a number of other Chinese banks have since released hardware prototypes that support the digital currency.

The University of Massachusetts is shifting from analog to IP video surveillance, integrated with access control and intrusion detection on its Amherst, Mass. campus. UMass Amherst is standardizing its video surveillance operations using the Salient CompleteView Video Management Platform.

The move to Salient will enable campus security and safety staff to protect UMass Amherst's population of 32,000 with a 24/7 view of its video surveillance and integrated access control operations.

The catalyst for the project came in 2017 when UMass learned that its legacy video recording and camera system was going to be retired. With that date looming, the university's in-house systems integration department and other campus stakeholders began conducting technology evaluations to assess the best path forward.

Some of UMass Amherst's wish-list items for a new video surveillance system included:

Using CompleteView, UMass Amherst can centrally monitor its network of 1,700 IP cameras and legacy analog cameras that safeguard the 51 residence halls and 225 buildings that make up the campus environment.

The system needs to cover some 1,500 acres, so UMass Amherst wanted to optimize its video system to enable security and safety staff to remotely assess a situation or diagnose an alarm from the university's access control platform -- the Tyco Software House C•CURE 9000.

"The ability to ascertain why an alert was occurring without having to deploy resources to drive across campus to visually assess a situation is huge,” says Jim Meade, residence hall security manager for the UMass Amherst Police Department.

For example, a residence hall door near a bus stop frequently experiences alarms in cold or rainy weather because people are standing inside the doorway to keep warm and continuously open the door to check for the bus. “This is when the video saved us time and resources in investigations when it was actually a non-alarm," says Meade.

Video feeds and intrusion detection alarms are fed directly to the UMass Amherst Police Department for real-time monitoring and response using the CompleteView VMS. CompleteView also provides the capability to add more high-resolution cameras as surveillance needs change and grow, and UMass already has two new buildings slated to be added to the video network.

Because the university maintains a decentralized video recording approach, where all video is stored locally, CompleteView’s Dynamic Resolution Scaling feature preserves network bandwidth availability when live or recording video is pulled by other video users and transferred to other locations for investigation.

“We were very pleased to have provided UMass Amherst with a future-proofed migration path as they move from analog to an IP infrastructure,” says Jay Mele, vice president of sales, Salient Systems. “Leveraging CompleteView’s open platform approach, the university is well positioned to easily add high-resolution cameras or a variety of other integrations to their security system now and in the years to come.”

Additional information about UMass Amherst's video and access control system is available in a new case study compiled by Salient.

The trend in university dining services is undeniably one toward technology, with mobile ordering, delivery robots, pick-up lockers and self-service kiosks all playing a role in redefining the way campuses provide food to hungry students.

One of the most technology-driven dining experiences could be that of the University of Arizona, where all of these solutions – and a couple new ones – have been deployed.

In a recent webinar with Grubhub and CampusIDNews, Christine Carlson, the Director of Dining & Nutrition at the University of Arizona, detailed the dining environment on campus. Arizona is using a combination of mobile ordering through partner Grubhub, along with campus delivery, smart lockers, self-service kiosks and more.

Arizona Dining is self-op, with some 30+ dining locations across campus. Those locations span the university’s all-you-care-to-eat meal plans, a la carte dining, café locations and c-store options. In all, Arizona serves roughly 7,800 residential students and a full-time enrollment of over 43,000.

Modern challenges, modern solutions

The prospect of running an efficient dining services operation in a pandemic – and the many challenges that come with – led Arizona to seek out new ways of providing food for hungry Wildcats. The university began to look at how technology could help to alleviate pain points and redistribute labor.

“One of the big constraints, and one that everyone else is feeling, is staffing,” says Carlson. “Minimum wage going up, coupled with staff shortages, has been a big challenge for us.”

Another concern for Arizona over the past two years, as at other campuses, was hygiene. “Some of the technology additions have helped us to provide safer, contactless dining experiences on campus during the pandemic,” says Carlson.

In addition to offering a wider selection of food choices, Arizona wanted to increase the use of dining services by upperclassmen, and better utilize its limited facilities. “We did this by focusing on solutions that could help us increase throughput without adding locations,” says Carlson.

Grubhub mobile ordering and kiosks

Arizona was an early adopter of mobile ordering and has a longstanding partnership with Grubhub. Over time, that partnership has helped to integrate self-service kiosks along with delivery through couriers staffed by Grubhub.

Arizona has also leaned on Grubhub to help acclimate new students to campus life. When a student opens the Grubhub app at Arizona, they’re shown only the locations on campus, as opposed to a lengthy list of locations across the surrounding areas.

Different campuses have very different needs. Our job as a technology provider is to provide enough solutions so that we can find the ones that fit best for the university.

- Ben Anderson, Grubhub

“For freshmen or incoming students, I liken it to being from out of town, you’re in the grocery store for the first time and you have no idea where the black beans are,” says Carlson. “But if you go to the store ten times, then you have a better idea of which aisle to look in.”

When it comes to delivery, it’s a campus-by-campus discussion as to the best avenues to provide efficient on-campus delivery.

“Different campuses have very different needs,” says Ben Anderson, Director of Campus Partnerships at Grubhub. “At the end of the day our job, as a technology provider, is to provide enough solutions so that we can find the ones that fit best for the university.”

Another benefit of the kiosks is that they’ve boosted order values. “If you’ve visited it before, the kiosk remembers what you’ve previously ordered,” says Carlson. “More importantly, the kiosk always remembers to upsell – add chips and a soda – which is amazing.”

Adding to the customer experience, the kiosks also inform students when the order will be ready, and monitors have been installed that show where the student is in the queue.

“From an operational perspective, the kiosks enable us to redistribute the cashier to a different efficiency in that dining location,” says Carlson. “Labor previously devoted to cashiering can now be on food prep, expediting, or order fulfillment.”

Smart lockers

Another technology added to Arizona’s dining environment is a smart locker system that supports order pickup.

“We were looking at pickup lockers pre-COVID, but the pandemic sped up the deployment process,” says Carlson. “We went with Apex lockers specifically because they were integrated with Grubhub already, and we wanted to make things as seamless as possible for our students.”

To place an order for locker pickup, students select that they want to pickup at a specific location and are informed which bank of lockers to visit. The student then scans the barcode included with the order, and the locker lights up and opens.

Arizona has set a dwell time on each order to ensure freshness. The lockers are ambient and insulated to maintain the freshness of the order while it waits to be retrieved.

“Lockers offer an opportunity to create a sort of ‘branch pick up’ environment,” says Grubhub’s Anderson. “It opens the possibility for a remote location to have food without all the infrastructure of a traditional dining location.”

It used to be that the POS was where the waiting happened. But as we’ve implemented mobile, the bottleneck is now the point of pickup. It’s a great use case for smart lockers because it helps to better regulate and organize the pick-up experience.

- Ben Anderson, Grubhub

“It used to be that the POS was where the waiting happened. But as we’ve implemented mobile, the bottleneck is now the point of pickup,” adds Anderson. “It’s a great use case for smart lockers, as an example, because it helps to better regulate and organize the pick up experience.”

Dining locations can come at a premium on a college campus, and with such a large population to serve, demand for more food options is ever present. It’s a challenge that Carlson has faced on campus at Arizona.

“Every building seems to want a café, and that got us thinking of how we could provide food without having to put a shop and labor there,” explains Carlson. “We have one building on campus where all we’re doing is running food to that location using lockers for pick up. It’s working quite well.”

The smart lockers have also enabled Arizona to open ghost kitchens in other areas of campus.

“We have ghost kitchens in locations where we have a full kitchen, but not the labor force to run the traditional restaurant aspect,” explains Carlson. “So we run the kitchen in those locations and use lockers as the means to provide the orders to students.”

Carlson points to an example this past semester of a Mexican restaurant that ran out of a buffet but utilized locker pickup. “The value there is that students can pick up a full meal, albeit without the sit-down element, but it’s helped us to maintain the same level of variety in dining despite our limited staff.”

Smart vending machines

Arizona has gone one step further in its technology deployments, adding vending machines that prepare entire meals for the buyer. These smart vending machines have added yet more efficiency in UA dining.

“We’ve added Sally the Salad Making Robots, Kellogg’s Bowl Bot, Yokai Ramen Machine, and Costa Coffee Machines,” says Carlson. “These machines are great because we load them with fresh food, and then we don’t have to have the labor standing there waiting for the customer to come.”

These machines are great because we load them with fresh food, and they don’t require the physical labor of standing there waiting for the customer to come.

- Christine Carlson, University of Arizona

The smart vending machines haven’t just operated smoothly, they’ve also provided the option of fresh, customizable food at different times of the day across campus.

“Students can now get a salad in the morning for lunch,” says Carlson. “It’s ideal for students who know they don’t have time in the middle of the day to get a meal.”

Carlson says it’s also interesting to watch the different day parts that each machine is utilized. Late-night fare on a college campus has traditionally been a difficult nut to crack, as fresh food options, in particular, tend to dwindle after a certain hour.

“The Kellogg’s Bowl bot is used the most after midnight,” she says. “You’d expect peak times to be in the morning, but students are utilizing the machine for late-night cereal orders.”

Delivery robots

Delivery robots have also been a massive hit on Arizona’s campus, proving to be more than just a fad.

“We started the rovers in late November, starting slow and phasing them in,” says Carlson. “By the end of the pilot we were up to 40 robots.”

The day before the pilot ended, we had our largest daily volume. We had hundreds of orders per day.

- Christine Carlson, University of Arizona

The number of orders that Arizona dining was processing through robot delivery speaks for itself.

“The day before the pilot ended, we had our largest daily volume,” says Carlson. “We had hundreds of orders per day.”

The interest in robot delivery from Grubhub hasn’t waned either.

“There’s always been this trend line in campus dining between day-part optimization and leveraging technology where you can,” says Anderson. “I think if anything delivery robots are a natural add on to that.”

Campus card remains paramount

With so much discussion around cutting-edge technology, it can be easy to overlook the role of the campus card. But Carlson is adamant that not only is the campus card a core component to dining at Arizona, it’s also a requisite.

“Our CatCard has to work with all technologies that we bring into campus,” she says. “I’ve said it many times, but these technologies are basically just boxes that light up if they don’t have card reader capability. It just doesn’t work without the student ID.”

I’ve said it many times, but these technologies are basically just boxes that light up if they don’t have card reader capability. It just doesn’t work without the student ID.

- Christine Carlson, University of Arizona

As is the case at many institutions, most students at Arizona either have a meal plan or they have some type of funds loaded on their CatCard. So whether it’s traditional dining hall access, or placing an order from Sally the Salad Making Robot, the campus card is involved.

“We always want to reinforce that the card is useful and branding our CatCard as something that works with any food on campus is vital,” says Carlson. “Students never have to wonder if their CatCard will be accepted at a dining concept on campus; it will always work.”

Ultimately, Arizona leaned into the use of technology to bring its campus dining experience to a new level. It’s a new way of conducting dining business that poses new challenges.

“Changing the dining business has ramifications. If you’re standing in front of a traditional cashier and a POS, you have some idea of how long you have to wait for your order,” says Anderson. “But as technology has enabled people to order from their dorms or on their way to class, it’s the transparency that has really become good service.”

In this new formula for campus dining with mobile ordering and other intuitive, self-service elements, customer service really hinges on keeping customers informed. Updating them to know how long the process is going to take so that they can plan their day accordingly.

“It’s become vital to give people a crystal-clear view of what their ETA’s are, how long it’s going to take, where they are in a virtual line,” explains Anderson. “We’ve found these things to be crucial to the puzzle now because you don’t want to feel like you’re just beaming your order out into the virtual abyss.”

Anytime we add a technology we ask if we’re offering a solution for students that adds convenience, or if it's just a cool trending thing they’re interested in right now. We want to know that we’re solving for a pain point in our operations.

- Christine Carlson, University of Arizona

For Carlson and Arizona new technology is exciting, but for it to make a meaningful difference, it needs to be implemented thoughtfully.

“Anytime we add a technology we ask if we’re offering a solution for students that adds convenience or just something that’s kind of a cool trending thing they’re interested in right now,” says Carlson. “We want to know that we’re solving for a pain point in our operations."

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Auburn University is making more progress on its card technology migration, updating and replacing a large batch of its card reader infrastructure on campus. A lengthy process for any university, this latest update from Auburn shows that the move to a secure credential is a worthwhile endeavor that requires time.

According to a university release, Auburn has now successfully replaced 50% of its card reader infrastructure on campus. Serving as the foundation for any credential upgrade, reader changes can be lengthy and expensive projects that in many cases require a phased approach.

Tiger Card holders will now be able to utilize contactless entry at the new card readers. The infrastructure changes are ongoing this summer and coming fall, with the university's Facilities Management team spearheading the installation efforts.

Auburn officials are also working toward a seamless transition in card technologies and is encouraging faculty and staff still using a legacy Tiger Card for entry to take at least one of the following actions:

  1. Install the new mobile credential to your Apple or Google Wallet.
  2. Work with Employee ID Services to pick up a new contactless card.

Anyone not requiring access to campus buildings or rooms does not have to install a mobile credential on their device.

Announced in August of 2021, Auburn is provisioning an NFC mobile credential to students faculty and staff for use on both Apple and Android devices to access campus buildings, purchase meals and more. Auburn worked with campus transaction system provider, CBORD, as well as the access and security provider, Allegion, to deliver the mobile credential initiative.

Coinciding with the mobile credential, Auburn began issuing new contactless cards last summer to those enrolled in summer courses, followed by returning students this past fall.

The old Tiger Cards will maintain functionality for payment transactions and door access to areas that have not yet been outfitted with the new contactless readers. Once new card readers are installed, students will be unable to swipe their old Tiger Cards.

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