Blackboard and NXP Semiconductors collaborate to strengthen campus card technology 24. July 2015

Blackboard Inc. today announced that, in collaboration with NXP Semiconductors N.V., they have shipped more than one million near-field communication (NFC)-compatible campus cards since 2012. This milestone further demonstrates Blackboard’s continued commitment to providing education institutions with the most secure, flexible, and open-standard campus card/credential solutions.

Institutions nationwide including UCLA, Quinnipiac University, Liberty University, University of Oklahoma, and Central Michigan University, are utilizing these cards to provide higher levels of service for students through faster and more secure transactions at all types, both on- and off-campus. By aligning with the open NFC standard, these schools are able to provide their students with a highly secure credential that continues while paving the way for the introduction of truly native NFC mobile solutions.

“As one of the leading pioneers for the use of technology to secure US campuses we are truly excited to see Blackboard achieve this outstanding milestone,” said Matthias Poppel, General Manager, Secure Mobility & Retail, NXP Semiconductors. “We have worked together for many years creating the best technology solutions for student credentials. Blackboards’ push to adopt NFC in addition to their existing MIFARE-based solutions, back in 2012 showed incredible insight into the potential of this technology. The security, convenience and flexibility that NXPs NFC and MIFARE solutions bring truly reflect the student lifestyle. Now access to campus services can be simply enabled via a smart watch or smart phone.”

Read Blackboard’s full PR here.