Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies announced that research has found that two-thirds of American college students are interested in using their cell phone in place of an ID card.
Data from independent research also revealed that nearly half of all students identify their cell phones as their favorite personal electronic device. Students feel they are less likely to lose their phone than an ID card and they know that ID cards are shared, whereas phones are not.
“This, of course, ties in nicely with the budding discussion of NFC, which will inevitably end up on cell phones,” said Beverly Vigue, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies vice president of education markets. “No Visa card; no MasterCard card…only your cell phone will be needed for cashless payments or to show your identity.”
Students are already using cell phone apps to make college life easier. Campus apps support managing of class work, checking grades, communicating with their professors and receiving notifications and alerts. Students are also using apps for the bookstore, bus schedule, maps and regional discounts.
The Ingersoll Rand research highlights on that fact that people will almost always notice that their phone is lost faster than noticing a card is missing. And also it takes is a quick call to the phone service provider and the phone is shut off whereas an ID card could be used by another individual for some time.