Maryland to Issue New Driver’s License and ID Cards

The Motor Vehicle Association (MVA) in Maryland has announced that it will issue a new driver’s license and state ID cards. The new cards will be available June 20th of this year and will begin to be issued after July 11th.

Maryland has not updated their IDs since 2003. The MVA decided to do this as a security measure; goal is to protect its citizens against identity theft and prevent counterfeiting. The new security features on the ID will make it very difficult for the IDs to be replicated. The IDs are also compliant with the Real ID Act. An extra security precaution includes mailing the new IDs from a secure MVA facility, so counterfeiters will have a reduced chance to access the equipment that produces the IDs as well as personal information.

Some of the new features include:

  • Three images of the cardholder, two on the front and one on the back
  • Laser engraving
  • Inventory control number
  • Raised print

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Per the Baltimore Sun’s article, “This card is the most secure driver’s license in the United States today,” state Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn said. “It has numerous layered security features that are going to make the Maryland driver’s license, learner’s permit and ID the most difficult to tamper with, and in fact, I would predict, not for many years are we going to see anyone with the ability to falsify a Maryland driver’s license.”

Counteirfeiters seem to be able to hack or duplicate almost anything these days but Maryland has made great efforts to prevent this.

Please note that this ID update will be available to all of IDScan.net’s software users before the IDs are released and will be avaialble for download here.

To learn more about the new Maryland IDs, click here.

 

IDScan.net’s ID Scanning Technology Impacts Disaster Response

IDScan.net’s ID scanning solutions will be utilized by Virginia Task Force 1 to increase efficiency during deployment.

IDScan.net announced today that Virginia Task Force 1, Fairfax County’s International Urban Search and Rescue team, will adopt their state of the art ID scanning technology.

CEO of IDScan.net, Denis Petrov, said the winning combination of the WizzForms software and the CR100 passport scanner are demonstrating superior results for the group.

“Virginia Task Force 1 requires fast, precise and efficient ID scanning and data collection capabilities because they are in the business of saving lives. It’s paramount that their highly trained personnel deploy on time and that accurate passport information is stored. We know the importance of disaster relief first hand from what we experienced during Katrina,” Petrov said.

“They are using our innovative technology to efficiently scan and validate member passport information. The solution conveniently verifies against the Task Force 1 database quickly and accurately,” he said.

Virginia Task Force 1 has some 200 specially trained career and volunteer fire and rescue personnel specializing in the rescue of victims from collapsed structures following catastrophic events. They are also recognized globally as a premier leader in training for catastrophic event mitigation, readiness, response and recovery techniques.

John Morrison, Virginia Task Force 1’s IT Manager, said the group will use the IDScan.net technology each time they deploy, both domestically and for international disasters.

“Our personnel travel internationally on short notice and each member needs to have a valid passport. IDScan.net’s technology provides a quick and effective way to verify the passport information of our disaster response specialists during member check-in as we deploy,” Mr Morrison said.

“After extensive testing, we can see that the technology certainly will improve the accuracy of our information and this is paramount to our data collection process. The solution is rapid and the information we collect is 100% correct, which is great news for Virginia Task Force 1,” he said.

About Virginia Task Force 1

Established in 1986 as a domestic and international disaster response resource, sponsored by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Virginia Task Force 1 is rostered by approximately 200 specially trained career and volunteer fire and rescue personnel, with expertise in the rescue of victims from collapsed structures, following a natural or man-made catastrophic event. For more news and information on Virginia Task Force 1, please visit http://www.vatf1.org/

About IDscan.net
IDscan.net is the industry leader in ID scanning technology and development of ID scanning software solutions for many of the top companies in the US and Canada. IDscan.net provides a full spectrum of solutions for fraud prevention, access control, automatic data capture, age verification and visitor management. Its innovative history includes being first to market with their iOS and mobile solutions for scanning ID’s. Products offered include a full suite of mobile, tablet, and desktop solutions that are used in a variety of industries, including: casinos, hospitality, retail, financial, grocery, marketing, automotive, security, technology, government and law enforcement sectors. For more news and information on IDscan.net, please visit https://idscan.net.

Collision Conference

This past week two of our team members (myself included) had the pleasure of attending Collision. For those of you who may not be familiar with Collision, it is a US tech conference where startups and industry leaders gather to learn and network.

My primary purpose for being there was to soak up as much knowledge as I could in the one day I was able to attend. There were hundreds of lecturers at different stages who spoke in 15 minute increments. There were several stages set up which categorized the different types of lectures; I spent most of my time at the Marketing Stage however made a point to venture out to learn about other topics such as sustainable growth.

Almost every speaker I saw reignited my desire to improve and ramp up marketing efforts and gain more knowledge about the tech industry in general. There were some major industry players there such as Neil Vogel of About.com, Phil Gilbert of IBMDesign and Julia Hartz of Eventbrite. I enjoyed the 15 minute lectures because the short time frame  encouraged speakers to hit the most important points of their experiences and encouraged attendees to soak up as much information as they could.

Here are the topics which were covered by the aforementioned people:

  • Reinventing your brand and beating the competion (Neil Vogel)
  • Sustainable business: is growth the right metric? (Julia Hartz)
  • Using the creative mind to problem-solve (Phil Gilbert)

Collision

I was blown away by how candid Neil Vogel was. He spoke about the struggles About.com has had, and how they had not kept up with their competion in terms of branding and strategizing their content. He also discussed their plan for their new health website, verywell.com which was launched that day, pretty genius if you ask me.

Julia Hartz had a conversation with Tina Sharkey of Sherpa Foundry about sustainable growth, how do you truly measure it, and how do you achieve it in different markets? Hearing the history of EventBrite was very motivating and made me start thinking as to how this might be applied to my own job.

Phil Gilbert, stood at a high table while sipping on Abita Amber chatting with Harry West of frog and Chris Dannen of Fast Company. They discussed the importance of communication within a company and how before you can truly be valuable to a customer, you have to make sure your own team is on the same page. This really hit home in terms of the importance of communication within an organization, be it a tiny one or a large one.

 

Below are some of the major takeaways from each lecture:

1.  Companies that are not customer centric, fail.

 

2. It is important to take a step back from your company and examine

everything from an outside perspective.

 

3. You must have empathy within your own company, a sort of humble confidence.


All in all, Collision was a great experience. There were many incredible speakers which were not all covered in this post, but we wanted to share with our readers some of the valuable highlights. We plan to attend next year and fingers crossed it will be in our awesome hometown of New Orleans!