Paciolan has announced it will support contactless ticketing in Apple Wallet for college sports in the US.
The integration will allow iPhone and Apple Watch users to enter several major stadiums partnered with Paciolan, including Georgia Tech and Rutgers (pictured).
Students can enter by placing their devices near an NFC reader, with the technology used to help reduce fraud and assist colleges in better understanding who attends their games.
“iPhone and Apple Watch make going to college sports games easier than ever,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services.
“We’ve said our goal is to replace the physical wallet and students and fans will love the convenience and security of having their tickets right on the Apple devices they carry with them every day.”
Other institutes who will use the technology include Baylor University, Louisiana State University, Michigan State University and University of Mississippi.
Users will receive their purchased tickets via text message and can add them to Apple Wallet with a single touch. Fans will receive a notification on their lock screen when they arrive at the stadium.
Fans can transfer or gift tickets to friends and family through the school’s official athletics website.
Keith White, chief technology officer at Paciolan, said: “Contactless ticketing with Apple Pay is a fantastic win for fans and schools alike, and Paciolan is pleased to bring it to our community. This innovation aligns perfectly with our commitment to keeping our clients at the forefront of frictionless mobile fan experiences.
“It improves security and provides game-changing data capability by increasing the known fan base and giving the ticket office key insights to drive business decisions and maximise revenue.”
Last month, Paciolan signed a partnership deal with the University of Minnesota to bring mobile and digital ticketing features to Gopher Athletics events. It signed a similar deal with the University of New Mexico in January.
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