Faster and easier driver’s license renewal options

In Iowa, the House Republicans voted unanimously on House File 355 to provide people with easier driver’s license renewal options.  This new law will allow people to renew their driver’s licenses online or electronically.  It also helps save applicants time by no longer requiring an applicant to pass a vision test or submit a vision report when renewing their license online.

To read more, please visit the Iowa House Republicans website: http://www.iowahouserepublicans.com/policy-spotlight-online-drivers-license-renewal

Driver's Test for Elderly

Driver’s License Renewal for Senior Citizens

The process for driver’s license renewal for senior citizens in California now involves a written test.   For those 70 and older, they must take a written exam.

Several senior citizens agree with the entire process.  For people 70 or older, many of the traffic laws keep changing, so it’s important to stay up to date with the rules of the road.  Additionally, many worry that symptoms of old age, such as memory loss, greatly inhibit senior citizen’s driving ability.

If a senior citizen fails on their first three tries, then they need to pay the renewal fee again.  Afterwards, they will receive three more attempts.

Several driving classes and courses are available to help senior citizens pass this exam.  To read more, please visit the KMIR News website: http://www.kmir.com/story/26431758/license-renewal-process-for-senior-drivers

Driver's Licenses for All

Driver’s Licenses for All Protest Lack of Resources

In Colorado, the Latino advocacy group Driver’s License for All protested the lack of resources dedicated to Colorado’s new driver’s license program for illegal immigrants.  Driver’s Licenses for All stated that in order for the governor to win their voting support, things need to change.

The new program, which went into effect on August 1st, has been criticized heavily.  Amongst the 56 licensing centers, only 5 are authorized to issue licenses through 155 daily appointment slots.  Here are the current facts regarding the program:

  • Appointments: 3,255
  • No-shows: 434
  • Driver’s Licenses Issued: 1,159
  • Driver’s Permits Issued: 260
  • ID Cards Issued: 236
  • Those Who Received no Documents: 1,166

Driver’s Licenses for All works with hundred of immigrants to help explain the new program and serves as a liaison to government leaders.  However, the group feels that the state is not doing enough for immigrant community.  It is estimated that about 150,000 immigrants live in Colorado and are seeking licenses.  With the current allocation of resources, there is not enough capacity to accommodate this group of illegal immigrants.

To read the full story, please visit the Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/election2014/ci_26459598/latinos-hickenlooper-fix-drivers-license-program-or-lose.

KOAMTAC launches KDC30 2D Bluetooth Barcode Scanner

We’re excited to announce that our manufacturing partner KOAMTAC has recently released the KDC30 2D bluetooth barcode scanner.  This product is perfect for anyone looking for a simple 2D scanner.  It’s light, portable, and has a USB port built into the device for easy carrying and charging.  Check out KOAMTAC’s press release below:

KOAMTAC bluetooth barcode scanning solutions

 

KOAMTAC, Inc. Launches Beautifully Crafted Miniature 2D Bluetooth Barcode Scanner with its New KDC30 Model
KDC30September 17, 2014, Princeton, NJ- KOAMTAC, Inc. today announced the release of its new KDC30 model, an advanced miniature Bluetooth barcode scanner. Equipped with a Code imager, the KDC30/30i provide a cost-effective 1D and 2D barcode scanning solution for smartphone and tablet applications. KOAMTAC, Inc. and Code are confident the design of this product will be a great success in all solutions, particularly in retail and healthcare environments.

 

Inspired by KOAMTAC’s uniquely designed KDC20/20i, the KDC30 is equipped with a convenient swing-out USB connector. The simplistic design eliminates the need for charging cables and promotes the use of “off-the-shelf” multi-USB charging solutions. The KDC30/30i utilizes the company’s existing KTSync application and SDK for ease of integration, and is compatible with any application designed for existing KDC models. The scanner is certified by Apple for use with iOS devices and is also compatible with Android, Blackberry, Mac, and Windows devices.

 

Measuring a scant 38mm wide by 84mm long and 18mm thin, the Bluetooth scanner offers more than 10,000 scans per charge. This highly configurable device includes four buttons: scan, up, down (for controlling Bluetooth connections and remotely activating soft keyboards), and a delete key. Custom features are available, including a vibrating option and backup battery for the real time clock.

 

“KOAMTAC products have long been appreciated for their seamless smartphones/tablets integration,” said George Powell, President and CEO of Code Corporation. “Code engineers have raised the bar in scan engines with the CR8000 dual optical fields, 2D scan engine and we are thrilled to integrate our technology into KOAMTAC products.”

 

“With the KDC30, we have ushered in a new level of sophistication in industrial design. KOAMTAC products have long been appreciated for their ultra-miniature size, timeless classic shape and iconic 4-line OLED display,” stated Dr. Hanjin Lee, President and CEO of KOAMTAC. “But many of today’s applications rely solely on the display of the smart device with which theKDC is paired. So we have removed our display and have created a form that blends harmoniously with today’s beautiful smart devices from Apple and Samsung.”

 

For offline data capture, the KDC30 has ample memory capable of holding up to 10,000 barcodes. The KDC30 is now available through the company’s worldwide distribution channels or at www.koamtacstore.com with a starting MSRP of $449 (USD).

 

 

About KOAMTAC, Inc.

KOAMTAC, Inc. Headquarters is based in Princeton, New Jersey and produces a signature line of lightweight, ergonomically-friendly Bluetooth barcode scanners. The company is also dedicated to environmental conservatism, while maintaining the quality expectations of its consumers. With its unique patent design, all scanners reduce the company’s carbon footprint and provide consumers with a durable and enhanced solution.

 

All products are universally compatible across current technology platforms, and offer seamless use with iPhone/iPod touch/iPad, Android, Blackberry, Mac and Windows-based devices. The KDC20, KDC30, KDC100, KDC200, KDC250, KDC300 and KDC350 are the world’s smallest and lightest programmable barcode data and card readers with a display on the market today. The KDC400-Series are patent-protected modular sled accessories for single-handed utility. For additional information or to place an order, visithttp://www.koamtac.com.

 

 

About Code

Code is a technology leader in the design, development and manufacture of the latest generation of image based barcode readers. Using advanced high-definition and multi-resolution optics, coupled with cabled and wireless communication options, including Bluetooth®, our product suite is ergonomically designed to expedite data collection tasks and enhance productivity for the mobile worker. The Code product line is used in mission critical applications within healthcare, public safety, technology manufacturing, transportation, retail and a range of other diverse industries.

 

Code provides reading and decoding of all open barcode symbologies. In addition, Code also offers its proprietary GoCode® symbology for secured data applications. Code’s worldwide headquarters are located in Salt Lake City, USA, and has regional headquarters in China, Singapore and The Netherlands. For more information, go to www.codecorp.com.

 

Media Contact:

Erika Arcieri, Marketing Manager

Erika.Arcieri@koamtac.com

+1.609.256.4700

Texas DL

No More Waiting in Lines for Drivers Road Test

In Texas, teens are now getting their driver’s licenses even faster without having to wait in line.  The Texas Department of Public Safety is starting a new program where teens can take a driver’s license road test without having to going to the DMV.  Now, instructors can be certified by DPS and give the test themselves, which is estimated to take about 30 minutes.  This new program is designed to help save patrons more time and allow them toavoid having to schedule months in advance, wait in line, and finally take the road test.

To read more about Texas’ new system, please visit the Click2Houston website: http://www.click2houston.com/news/dps-no-more-waiting-in-line-for-drivers-license-road-test-at-dmv/27823258

Handheld ID Scanner

Ontario County purchasing handheld ID scanners

Ontario County, NY has decided to move forward with appropriating funds to purchase handheld ID scanners to catch underage drinkers.  According to Sue Cirencione – the new Ontario County Stop DWI program administrator – Ontario county will seek grant money to pay for two handheld ID scanners.

After noticing how difficult police were struggling with identifying fake IDs, Cirencione decided that the county needs to invest in ID scanners to help curb the amount of DUIs and DWIs in the area.  Handheld ID readers will also help speed up the line when entering the concert venue.  Cirencione said the scanners will not only be used at venues like CMAC, but also in county bars and carnivals.

Interested in a similar handheld ID scanner for your venue or bar?  Visit our Store Page to view the different scanners we offer.

Smokey Bones Suspension for a Liquor Violation

Smokey Bones’ Suspension for a Liquor Violation

A local Massachusetts restaurant called Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill will face a five-day suspension for a liquor violation they received after serving alcohol to minors.  This violation will be the second that they faced in the past two years.

Although the restaurant has an ID system that is issued to detect fake IDs, an employee failed to follow protocol which lead to the serving of alcohol to two minors.  These two patrons used fake IDs to purchase alcohol and another guest at the restaurant snapped a picture and sent it to police.

To the credit of Smokey Bones, they immediately fired the employee who failed to follow the proper ID checking procedure and will now have a security guard out front who will check everyone’s ID as soon as they arrive.

Don’t lose your liquor license.  Start using an ID scanner regularly to keep underage drinkers out.

Michigan New ID Card

County Explores New ID Card

In Michigan, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners received a proposal to introduce a county-issued ID card program.  This new county-issued ID card would allow residents who don’t have a driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID to still be able to access resources, including renting an apartment or opening a bank account.

The proposal for these new ID cards would be $20 or $25 each.  It is estimated that 1,000 cards would be issued in the first year through this program.  The revenues from these cards would offset the initial operating costs and create a new administrative job to lead the program.

Several programs such as this one already exist nationwide.  This however would be the first offered by a Michigan municipality.   Several of the commissioners reviewing the proposal already expressed a favor of this program stating that the state’s current ID system is often too stringent for residents.  Oftentimes, the people who don’t meet these driver’s license requirements are the ones that need it the most.

To read more about the full presentation, please visit the Ann Arbor Chronicle website.

IN Liquor Store

Indiana Excise Police Busy with Underage Drinkers

With the school year around the corner, the number of fake IDs and underage drinkers is expected to spike.  In Indiana, already over 71 people were arrested on alcohol-related chargers at Ball State University.  Charges included furnishing alcohol to minors, false statement of age, illegal possession of alcohol, resisting arrest, and more.

Several of these arrests were related to local campus events and reported by nearby liquor stores who spotted fake IDs.  Although fake IDs are becoming more and more difficult to spot, the use of an ID scanner has helped stop underage drinkers from purchasing alcohol.

Don’t risk losing your liquor license.  Learn tricks to spot fake IDs or invest in an ID scanner.  Visit our homepage to inquire about the different options we offer.