A new mobile Penn State id+ card is expected to launch in January 2023, at Penn State Brandywine.
The mobile app allows students to use their mobile devices to conveniently, safely, and securely access campus housing facilities, purchase meals, and more.
“Mobile devices are playing a more significant role in the higher education landscape,” said John Papazoglou, associate vice president for Auxiliary and Business Services. “Penn State’s continued advancement of student resources is a part of the University’s student-centric mission. The mobile app id+ card enhances this mission, bringing the University closer to a digital campus.”
The University is installing contactless and tap-to-pay transaction technology through a phased approach at all 24 campuses.
Upgrades to card readers will include exterior residence hall doors, interior residence hall doors, commons buildings, LionCash and meal plans, and on-campus laundry washers and dryers.
Integrating the technology into other resources is in development, and additional details will be shared as they become available.
“Continuously advancing the security of student resources through updated features, processes and technology is a priority,” said Aliana Steinbugl, director of physical security for Penn State University Police and Public Safety. “The new seamless mobile experience helps increase security for students by allowing them to open their residence hall door lock through their new id+ card or mobile device. These enhancements will help make Penn State a more secure University.”
“This new technology provides the kind of seamless student experience envisioned in One Penn State 2025 and is foundational for our vision of a digital campus,” said David Gindhart, associate chief information officer. “Penn State is the largest university to implement this technology campus-wide and the first in the Big Ten.”