In the University of Alabama, students can now use their Apple Watch as a student card.
The Apple Watch is about to replace traditional student cards, to allow students to use their connected watch in some cases. As part of a pilot program, University of Alabama President Stewart Bell said he had been working on the project for about a year, but he wanted it to be kept secret until its launch. As such, he explains: “We have been working on this project for some time – a little under the veil of secrecy. It’s a next-generation technology program that will give our students access to safety issues and things they pay for.” In fact, students can use the Apple Watch to access their dormitory, buy food or enter the library of the university.
In addition, the support in question will be available on the iPhone, allowing students to replace their physical card with their mobile phone. By making it also available on mobile, there is no doubt that Apple expands the user base to a larger number.
It is expected that the feature will be launched this fall along with the arrival of iOS 12. In the same way as the University of Alabama, the faculties of Duke, Johns Hopkins, Oklahoma, Temple and Santa Clara will enjoy this novelty.
Helen Lewis is a seasoned journalist with nearly 15 years experience. While studying journalism at the University of Alabama, Helen found a passion for finding engaging stories. As a contributor to Alabama Post Gazette, Helen mostly covers human interest pieces.