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January 28, 2019

Temple one of first universities to make student ID cards digital

Now, Temple students can put their OWLcard on their iPhone, Android, or Apple Watch

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Apple Owl card Betsy Manning/Temple University Photography

Temple University students can now use their student identification cards on their iPhone and Apple Watch devices.

Temple University on Monday became one of the first colleges in the U.S. to roll out a digital identification system for students. 

In place of a physical swipe card, OWLcards will now be available to download onto the iPhone, Android, or Apple Watch to purchase food, print documents, and access buildings and facilities. 

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On the iPhone, students will be able to add the card into their Apple Wallets for daily use. 

“We are delighted to introduce a new way to use OWLcard to members of our Temple community,” said Cindy Leavitt, Temple’s vice president for information technology services and chief information officer. “OWLcard Mobile on iPhone and Apple Watch combines added security with the element of convenience. We are proud to be one of the first schools in the nation to roll out the program supporting iPhone and Apple Watch, positioning Temple as a leader in shaping how mobile credentials can be used in a campus environment.” 

The switch is effective immediately on main, Ambler, Center City, and the Health Sciences campuses. Physical cards will still be accepted.

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