by Brianna Crandall — July 3, 2019 — Allegion, a global security products and solutions provider, just announced that Schlage commercial electronic locks now support contactless student IDs in Apple Wallet — allowing students to open doors in residence halls and other secure spaces with just their iPhone and Apple Watch.
Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, is the first school to launch contactless student IDs in Apple Wallet using both Transact Mobile Credentials and Allegion locks for a convenient and secure campus experience.
This new capability is specific to Schlage AD-300 and AD-400 electronic locks, which feature built-in credential readers and access control sensors for simplified installation.
Jeff Koziol, Allegion business development manager, campus software partner, remarked:
We’ve seen the shift where people are becoming less dependent on cards and more dependent on their mobile phones, and it’s no surprise that college students are embracing this change. Allegion is proud to support this digital and mobile transformation in a way that improves security and the student experience across campuses.
To help enable contactless student IDs in Apple Wallet, Allegion supports Transact Mobile Credentials.
David Marr, CEO of Transact, noted:
To properly serve tech-savvy students, we need to deliver solutions that meet their expectations of a frictionless and elegant experience. Mobile is central to that experience. Transact is excited to have the support of our partner community, like that of Allegion, to enhance and expand a native NFC mobile experience across campuses.
In addition to adding convenience, contactless student IDs in Apple Wallet provide added security. Universities can remotely issue credentials over-the-air, and credentials are protected by multifactor authentication and can also be remotely deactivated by the student or university.
Schlage AD-400 Series wireless locks were designed to reduce installation costs on interior access-controlled doors, such as student rooms, faculty offices, classrooms and lab spaces, while offering the adaptability to support future evolutions in technology. The Schlage AD-400 and Schlage AD-300 electronic locks are available in cylindrical, mortise, mortise deadbolt and exit trim chassis options, and they integrate into popular electronic access control systems.
As of now, Allegion’s latest solution is not yet compatible with Android phones. According to Allegion, Android users are an important segment of their user population, and many products in the field can be updated with new features such as Android compatibility. No information is available as to when such an update for Androids will be released.
Allegion’s global access control product portfolio includes such leading brands as CISA, Interflex, LCN, Schlage, SimonsVoss and Von Duprin.