HID Seos Smart Cards and HID Mobile Access Bring Convenience, Security and the Mobile ID ‘Cool’ Factor
HID Global® has announced that a major U.S. university selected its Seos® smart cards and HID Mobile Access® solution to streamline card office operations, simplify the management and use of trusted IDs, and offer the ‘cool’ factor to students using phones for accessing buildings, services and resources. The phased deployment of thousands of readers over the last few years enabled these benefits, while preserving investments in previously installed HID Global readers.
“We applaud this visionary university as one of the most sweeping examples of how to transform the campus experience using trusted identities on cards and mobile phones,” said Brett St. Pierre, Director of Education Solutions with HID Global, “As they move toward full deployment, they will be creating a new kind of One Card office that secures the campus while delivering new and innovative services.”
The university will support HID Mobile Access in all common campus areas by the summer of 2017 and plans to use the solution’s Mobile IDs as its primary form of campus identification in the years to come. HID Mobile Access enables users to request and receive new Mobile IDs over the air to their phones, improving convenience while significantly reducing card office support requirements. Likewise, administrators can revoke identities and modify permissions with the same over-the-air speed and simplicity, streamlining the work of managing identities across the university’s large campus population.
After a successful technology pilot, the university began upgrading many of its existing HID readers to support the Bluetooth capabilities required for Mobile IDs. It is also installing more than 400 additional mobile-enabled readers during 2017, with all readers supporting both earlier card technologies and Mobile IDs to ensure a smooth transition.
The university plans to ultimately use Mobile IDs as its primary form of identification in the future. Accordingly, the university issued 300 to 400 Mobile IDs in the first deployment phase of HID Mobile Access and will issue another 500 during 2017. Next year, the university intends to issue ID cards while simultaneously provisioning Mobile IDs to all students and staff.
The university will explore new ways to benefit from HID Mobile Access after the deployment is complete. Mobile IDs can be used alongside ID cards for applications ranging from entering parking lots, buildings and residence halls to making meal plan purchases, and accessing library and media center resources.