Bear Card Mobile Credential for Google Pay Now Available

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Latest mobile credential innovation leverages Google Pay on Android, creating a seamless campus experience

MACON – Mercer University today announced the availability of the Bear Card Mobile Credential for Google Pay. Building on the initial 2019 launch of the mobile Bear Card, students, faculty and staff can now use their Android mobile phones to easily access facilities and make contactless payments on and around campus.

“Our program was one of the first in the country to launch mobile credentials last year with Transact and Apple. Now adding the mobile Bear Card to Google Pay allows our program to provide a comprehensive mobile credential solution. In addition, the Bear Card Mobile Credential further enhances our contactless transaction systems, which is so important in today’s environment,” said Ken Boyer, associate vice president for auxiliary services at Mercer.

Using Transact and third-party NFC-enabled devices, Mercer can facilitate a variety of mobile ID transactions at dining halls, athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, bookstores, laundry rooms, as well as off-campus locations where student IDs are accepted.

Mercer is one of 16 institutions that have committed to rolling out the Transact Mobile Credential for Google Pay, including Arkansas State University, Chowan University, the College of Coastal Georgia, Duke University, Georgetown University, Hamilton College, Johns Hopkins University, Marshall University, Maryville University, Roanoke College, St. Edward’s University, South Dakota State University, Temple University, the University of Alabama and the University of New Brunswick.

“We are continually innovating to help schools meet the expectations of students for frictionless, safe and secure transactions, and the launch of the Mobile Credential for Google Pay is another exciting example,” said Jeff Staples, vice president of market development strategy for Transact. “Additionally, with the changing reality of campus operations being impacted by COVID-19, the ability to issue credentials remotely is vital. Our credential lifecycle management system makes remote issuance of mobile credentials a simple process for students and clients alike.”

Transact’s robust lifecycle management capability utilizes NXP Semiconductor’s MIFARE 2GO cloud service to issue digitized MIFARE DESFire credentials to Google Pay.

About Transact

Through market-leading credential-driven transactions and privileges, and innovative payment solutions, Transact enables a connected experience across the spectrum of student life. We partner with institutions to deliver a mobile-centric, personalized student and family experience both on and off-campus. Our cloud platform and open APIs deliver mission-critical capabilities that support student success – facilitating meaningful student engagement and rich data for keen institutional insight. Transact is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, and has served the education community for over 35 years. Visit