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Let’s Go Black: ID Verification API Innovation at HBCU Hackathon

TechConneXt 2016 – IDScan.net inks an API hackathon partnership with Black Enterprise.

Driving Innovation is a resounding theme of companies large and small in various verticals around the globe. Fall 2016, New Orleans based software company — IDScan.net — decided to inspire millennial college students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to innovate by partnering with Black Enterprise as the exclusive Persona Verification Dev Box Partner of the BE Smart Hackathon sponsored by Toyota.

October 9th through 11th, 40 students from 10 HBCUs arrived at the Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit in Burlingame, CA (Silicon Valley) eager to receive their IDScan.net Web Service API keys to engulf their days and nights with developing and deploying a Minimum Value Product (MVP) based on this year’s theme, In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI).

Andrey Stanovnov, CTO of IDScan.net, stated, “IDScan.net is thrilled to provide their technology in the Driving Innovation Hackathon as it fosters growth and innovation in participants that will soon be our future leaders.”

Participating schools included Alabama A&M University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Johnson C. Smith University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Southern University and A&M College, and Tuskegee University.

Each school was tasked to innovate an iOS app within the Ionic Cloud framework and utilized required APIs provided, which included IDScan.net’s Web Service API. To build the verification component of the app, hackers used IDScan.net’s ID scanning Web Services API. One of the goals of the development was to provide a verification in the app that went beyond just entering a username and password. Participants utilized the ID scanning API to verify the identity of the driver by scanning their ID.

Nathaniel J., Associate Tech Editor-Silicon Valley of Black Enterprise and Founder & Chief Digital Architect of VUEmega Technologies, states, “ID verification should not be an afterthought when creating various app innovations for end-users today. One of IDScan.net’s goals is to build a trusted community of users that are verified. Because of this, IDScan.net is the best solution not only for this year’s hackathon but also for companies that want to ensure a trusted community of users.”

This year’s winner was Aggie++ from North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T). NC A&T’s winning iOS IVI is Let’s Go Black. Let’s Go Black is an iOS application that helps discover a customized road trip adventure exploring Black history and culture, while supporting Black owned small businesses along the way. The app allows users to input parameters of the trip (i.e. theme, distance and starting location), then randomly generates a road trip with specially curated stops that are African American inspired attractions and landmarks. Additionally, the app alerts users when they are within the vicinity of Black owned small businesses, who are members of the Let’s Go Black platform.

The 2016 BE Smart Hackathon, sponsored by Toyota was judged by industry leading experts from companies such as Intel and AT&T.

About IDScan.net
IDScan.net helps businesses flourish with ID scanning solutions that automate data capture, streamline visitor management, increase security and optimize efficiency. IDScan.net was the first company to market for mobile ID scanning solutions and continues to deliver cutting-edge technology. For more information, please visit https://idscan.net.

About Black Enterprise:
Black Enterprise, your ultimate source to build Wealth for Life, is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Every month, Black Enterprise magazine provides 6 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. A multimedia company, BE also produces television programming, business and lifestyle events, Web content, and digital media. Visit http://www.blackenterprise.com for more information.

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5 Ways Law Enforcement Can Benefit from ID Scanning

Law Enforcement: Beyond Protection

As a member of law enforcement, you have a responsibility greater than most. Not only do you have to ensure safety,  you are also charged with the task of capturing and recording relevant data. This is where ID scanning can make your job easier. With the scan of an ID, you will collect all of the information on the front of the ID in less than 1 second. This information can be populated directly into your law enforcement platform or act as a database from which you can run reports, capture an electronic signature and more. Below are 5 ways in which you can use ID scanning to automate the admin work which is required in the field.

  1. After an accident to collect driver’s information and statement
  2. At a DUI checkpoint to automate the collection of driver information
  3. When pulling a driver over to capture their driver license information
  4. In the field when conducting a field study to collect citizen information
  5. When reading Miranda rights to have citizen acknowledge the reading with an electronic signature agreement

IDScan.net can help eliminate paperwork and minimize the time you have to spend collecting and recording data so you can focus on your most important duties at hand. Learn more about IDScan.net’s law enforcement solutions here or call one of our specialists at 888-430-8936!

See how our mobile technology assisted the Sacramento Police Department Metro DUI Enforcement Team here.

5 Things You Must Know to Ensure Nightclub & Bar Safety

Keeping Your Club Safe:

Running a bar takes more than having good selection of liquor, as the owner you have a responsibility to keep patrons safe. Nobody wants to frequent an establishment where fights break out often. Such behavior puts both guests and employees at risk. Robert Smith, CEO of Nightclub Security Consultants and former police officer, hosted a seminar, Keeping Your Club Safe during a nightclub convention in New Orleans this past August. The contents of Robert’s presentation are extremely valuable and a must know for all of those working in the nightclub and bar industry.

What You Need to Know:

  1. Statistics: According to the Bureau of Labor & Statistics, gun violence has increased 23% over the last 4 years. Once a shooter is challenged, they will typically stop shooting. According to the FBI, 50% of shooters are stopped by an unarmed citizen. Knowing these statistics is crucial in order for nightclub operators to make these numbers go down.
  2. Why has there been an increase in violence? There is a large, young demographic that frequents nightclubs and bars. This demographic is different from its preceding generations as they are desensitized to violence. One of the reasons for this desensitization is due to video games, where shooting a gun is normal. Another reason is due to their lack of interpersonal skills because of the increase in using text and online messaging. Their skills in communicating and dealing with conflict are lacking compared to older generations.
  3.  Stopping a Bar Fight Before it Starts: Shooters can be categorized into 4 groups. There is the angry patron inside of the club, the angry patron that staff ejected from the club, patrons tied into domestic violence and the planned shooter. Planned shooters are what the public and nightclub owners tend to worry about the most. However, the majority of violence in clubs is a result from the angry customer inside the club and the ejected one.
  4. People Oriented Solution: Robert’s motto is Run, Hide, Fight. It is important to keep your patrons and staff safe and avoid violence whenever possible. However, at some point, it may be necessary for a person to stop the shooter from causing more harm by fighting back. The best way to stop the shooter, however, is preventing them from shooting in the first place.  Below are some of Robert’s recommendations:
    • Train staff to be aware of the people and activity in your establishment
    • Re-evaluate your security procedures
    • Change your mindset-think in terms of the aggressor and what they might do
    • Kick someone out for an argument, don’t let them back in. Have the cops escort them off of the premises
    • Befriend law enforcement prior to ever needing them
    • Have staff wear day glow vests when clearing out a club so potential aggressors will think they are law enforcement
    • Use improvised weapons when necessary
  5. ID Scanning Solution: ID scanning plays an important role when it comes to increasing nightclub and bar safety. ID scanning goes beyond age verification. In less than 1 second, the patron’s information, including name and address is collected, and a time stamp is created. With a solution like VeriScan or VeriScan Online, an additional layer of validation is provided. It is also possible to tie the ID into government databases for nightclub industry operators that want a higher level of identity vetting. ID scanning solutions also give staff the ability to group patrons. If a patron is banned, the next time their ID is scanned, it will pop up on the scanning screen, that they are “banned.” Existing banned lists can be imported and shared among clubs. ID scanning also allows nightclub and bar staff to easily search and export visitor logs to aid in law enforcement investigations.

IDScan.net can help minimize violence in your establishment and help you comply with law enforcement when necessary. Learn more about IDScan.net’s nightclub and bar solutions, here or call one of our specialists, at 888-430-8936!

4 Reasons a Strong Visitor Management System is Critical for Correctional Facilities

Progressive prisons across the globe are using ID scanning to streamline their visitor management. In the United States, there are over 2,220,300 incarcerated adults, so having the ability to easily track who is coming in and out of the facility to visit these prisoners is absolutely essential to securing the grounds, reducing risks and increasing operational efficiencies.

Here are four reasons a robust visitor management system centered on quality ID scanning is critical for prisons:

  1. For many prisons, the visit process occurs before the visitor even sets foot on prison grounds. With ID scanning applications like VeriScan Online, facility personnel can create and send a visit request to the security director with an electronic request form. This form includes such information as the start of the visit, host’s name, visitor’s name and other pertinent informaiton. Once the request is submitted, the security director will ultimately decide whether or not that individual is approved for the visitor queue. The scheduled visits can then be viewed by the appropriate security personnel. On the day of the visit, prison security personnel scan the visitor’s ID. In less than 1 second, the necessary information is collected and a visitor badge highlighting the person’s name and picture, alongside how long the visitor is allowed on the premises can be produced.
  2. Some facilities use biometrics as part of their visitor management processes. Once a person scans their ID and gives their fingerprint, the next time their fingerprint is scanned, their ID data and other relevant information, such as their image will pop up on the screen. This is a great feature for prisons that are trying to ensure a high level of security as well as expedite the check-in process even further.
  3. A higher level of identity validation can be necessary. If an andividual or their ID were to seem suspicious or security personnel wanted to gain more information on the visitor, they could run background checks on the individual by scanning their ID for further background information. The results from these checks appear in a matter of a few seconds. In addition, some facilities have existing lists of “banned” visitors. These lists can be imported into certain ID scanning software (such as IDScan.net’s VeriScan Online) so if their ID is scanned, it will pop up that they are banned. This added layer of security helps keeps prison staff and prisoners safe.
  4. Visitor management systems offer benefits beyond security. Many prison facilities like to have first-time visitors sign an electronic waiver or an agreement to adhere to the facility’s rules. Once the waiver is signed, it will automatically be saved, stored and linked to that individuals ID scan. If a visitor was to break prison rules or claimed that they were unaware of said rules, IDScan.net’s software allows prison personnel to easily access visitor records. In this case, it would show a signed copy of the rules that the visitor signed. This waiver component will help visitors comply with prison regulations.

IDScan.net can help you reduce prison visitor’s wait time and optimize the check-in process. Learn more about IDScan.net’s visitor management solutions, here or call our VeriScan Online account specialist, Alycia at 888-430-8936 x 103!