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January 25, 2024 | Tom Ballard

UT at Chattanooga shifts from plastic ID cards to mobile credentials

The technology offers a secure, convenient, and contactless solution for campus access.

In a leap toward modernizing campus access, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is set to officially launch mobile credentials. This initiative marks a transformative shift, allowing students, faculty, and staff to seamlessly access campus facilities, pay for dining and retail items, open doors, and complete transactions, replacing the traditional plastic ID cards.

Mobile credentials offer a secure, convenient, and contactless solution for campus access, aligning with the growing demand for innovative and efficient technologies in educational institutions. UTC’s decision to adopt this technology demonstrates its commitment to providing an enhanced environment for its community.

“Today’s students expect connectivity and convenience, and we are thrilled to partner with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in delivering a solution that not only meets but exceeds these expectations,” said Dan Park, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBORD, in this news release. “Our collaboration with UTC has been a journey of innovation, and the launch of mobile credentials is a testament to the success of this partnership.”

Ginny Reese, Assistant Director of UTC admissions, is pleased with the mobile credential solution. “I’ve seen lots of changes over the long time I have been here at UTC, and this one I truly can say is one of the better ones that makes my life easier and hopefully others. My anxiety level is down since I don’t have to keep up with my keys — because you all know we always have our phones. Seriously, it takes less time for me to do things such as enter the building and copy documents. From what I’ve always been told, time is money, so that should be a win for everyone.”

UTC worked with HID and CBORD, deploying HID Mobile Access® solutions with Seos as the underlying credential technology. UTC upgraded its access control hardware to the Signo reader line along with the Omnikey 5427 for all other third-party use cases across campus.

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