Auckland Transport adopts digital student ID cards

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We’re delighted to announce that we have partnered with Auckland Transport to provide digital ID cards for Auckland Secondary school students, providing an innovative alternative to plastic cards and reducing waste. This change is just one of the ways cities like Auckland can make their infrastructure even smarter by using digital-first technologies.

 

The more accessible way to travel

The digital ID cards offered through the new scheme will be free of charge to schools. Until now, providing student ID cards was an expensive and time-consuming process. By using a free digital ID app like Yoti, card creation and distribution is much faster. 

Aine Conlan, Auckland Transport’s Manager of Customer Care says, “Auckland Transport are excited to be able to help provide cost effective easy ID options for the secondary schools children of Tāmaki Makaurau”. 

Digitising the way we travel helps us to free up resources for schools. And, by producing fewer plastic cards, it also reduces the impact on the planet and local environment.

There’s also the issue of lost or stolen cards – we’ve all experienced it. If a student were to lose their phone, their Yoti account and digital ID can be just as easily restored on a new device by them within minutes. What’s more is there’s no added cost, lessening the administrative burden for schools. 

Aine Conlan, Manager, Customer Care, Auckland Transport: “AT is excited to be partnering with Yoti to provide this new digital ID option for secondary school students. It was important for us to be able to work with an organisation that could offer our customers the security and flexibility that they need”.

As part of the scheme, physical cards will still be available for any student who may simply prefer using them or perhaps doesn’t have access to a smartphone. 

Once the student is set up with an account, they will have a free, reusable ID that can be used in a growing landscape of businesses adopting digital ID.

Karl Stemp, Commercial Director, Yoti NZ: “We are excited to be offering Digital ID to all Auckland secondary schools and students. Auckland Transport adopting this innovation is showing great initiative to make the concessions process more customer focused and giving people a plastic free option for ID cards makes sense as part of these improvements”.

 

Privacy matters

We’ve adopted a data-minimised approach to identity. That’s because we believe people shouldn’t have to share everything about themselves when completing day-to-day tasks like getting the bus. And with our app, you can share less data.

We’re not in the business of selling or passing on data to any organisations – only the owner of the ID can control what data is shared and when. All data is securely encrypted, so we don’t have access to anyone’s personal information.

If you want to learn more about our digital ID solution, you can read about it here.

Alternatively, if you want to find out how digital ID can be used to transform your business or institution in New Zealand, get in touch with our Commercial Director Karl Stemp.