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Mercer adds Mobile Credential for Google Pay

Andrew Hudson   ||   May 15, 2020  ||   

Mercer University has announced the availability of its Bear Card Mobile Credential for Google Pay and use on Android devices.

Mercer first launched Transact Mobile Credential for Apple devices in 2019. The addition of Google Pay availability means that students faculty and staff can use the mobile Bear Card on their Android mobile phones to easily access facilities and make contactless payments on and around campus.

“Our program was one of the first in the country to launch mobile credentials last year with Transact and Apple. Now adding the mobile Bear Card to Google Pay allows our program to provide a comprehensive mobile credential solution," says Ken Boyer, associate vice president for auxiliary services at Mercer. "In addition, the Bear Card Mobile Credential further enhances our contactless transaction systems, which is so important in today’s environment."

Using Transact and third-party NFC-enabled devices, Mercer supports Mobile Credential transactions in a number of locations across campus, including  dining halls, athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, bookstores, laundry rooms, as well as off-campus locations where student IDs are accepted.

Transact’s lifecycle management capability utilizes NXP Semiconductor’s MIFARE 2GO cloud service to issue digitized MIFARE DESFire credentials to Google Pay.

Mercer is one of 16 institutions that have committed to rolling out the Transact Mobile Credential for Google Pay, joining:

  • Arkansas State University
  • Chowan University
  • College of Coastal Georgia
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • Hamilton College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Marshall University
  • Maryville University
  • Roanoke College
  • St. Edward’s University
  • South Dakota State University
  • Temple University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of New Brunswick
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