Blackboard Bringing Contactless Student IDs to Apple Wallet


Since its inception, Blackboard Transact, now Campus Enablement, has been relentlessly focused on enabling our clients in the service of their students and community.  We have accomplished this by continuously introducing market-driving innovations, not just for the sake of innovation.  To that end, we believe that innovation must be thoughtful, meaningful and sustainable in order to materially transform the student experience and the way in which students engage throughout the campus.

Last week, Apple announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) that it will add support for NFC-enabled contactless mobile student IDs in Wallet on iPhone with iOS 12 and Apple Watch with watchOS 5, creating exciting new possibilities for an extraordinary transaction experience for the campus community. Blackboard has realized the long-term vision of enabling a secure and convenient mobile credential on campus that works across both security and financial transactions for iPhone and Apple Watch users. Blackboard is excited to help make this first-of-its-kind innovation available this fall after working closely with our educational institution clients and thought leaders.

Since 2010, Blackboard has delivered NFC-compatible devices to its clients to support transactions via the campus ID for dining, vending, copying, printing, access control and a wide array of third-party solutions. Students’ worlds revolve around convenient mobile solutions, and they’ve come to expect a simple, frictionless mobile experience in all aspects of their lives. Now, students will have the convenience of adding their student IDs to the devices they use every day, iPhone and Apple Watch.

We’ve taken the long view, and our approach to the mobile credential encapsulates this view while ensuring that we have created a frictionless student experience. This is truly a first-of-its-kind innovation. Now is the time to start thinking about the next steps to ensure your students and campus community can take full advantage of the Blackboard Mobile Credential, and its possibilities.