Update-The Real ID Act: How it will Affect Louisiana Residents

 In November, we told you about the Real ID Act, and how it would affect                    Louisiana residents. Here is a quick recap:

 

 

 

What is the Real ID Act?

 

  • Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 as a repsonse to the 9/11 attacks.
  • Part of the act, requires residents to show proof of citizenship or residency in order to obtain a license. Louisiana is one of the states that does not require this.
  • As a result, Louisiana’s non compliance, residents of the state will have to show additional identification when traveling domestically.
  • Louisiana was granted an extension which would allow Federal agencies to accept the state’s driver’s licenses until October 10th, 2016.
 

 

 

What is the status of the act?

According to NOLA.com, on Tuesday, March 22nd the Senate Transportation Comittee approved legislation that will reverse former Governor Boby Jindal’s veto to the Real ID Act from 2014. If this new bill passes, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles may immediately commence to issue drivers licenses and state identification cards that will be accepted at airports and many federal buildings.

What’s next for Louisiana Residents?

If the bill does not pass, beginning in January 2018, Louisiana residents may not be able to fly domestically unless they have the required form of identification such as a passport, passport card, etc. If the law does pass, Louisiana residents will be able to utilize their driver’s licenses to travel domestically until 2020. While Louisiana Residents have at least until January of 2018 before their domestic travel might be affected, it is advised that they begin thinking about whether they want to obtain the type of ID that will be required for domestic travel. Government officials say that the DMVs will be overflowing with activity as the deadline approaches.

 

 

Colorado Issues New Driver License Design

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The Colorado DMV will begin issuing driver licenses, instruction permits and identification cards with new designs and enhanced features in 2016. The card design includes an entirely new format and enhanced features, including laser-engraved information in grayscale, as well as new card material.

Current cards will remain valid until their expiration date.

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IDScan.net received the pdf from the Colorado DMV which contains the license specifications. To download the pdf, click here.

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Revention Partners with IDScan.net

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March 15, 2016-Revention, a leader in providing custom point of sale solutions to the hospitality industry, has partnered with IDScan.net to provide a robust and secure age verification solution.

This solution provides added security measures and empowers businesses to serve alcohol to legal aged patrons, eliminating much of the costly fines, lawsuits, and danger associated with serving to minors. Using the VeriScan Online scanning solution allows a business to verify age more quickly and accurately than ever, all with the swipe of a driver’s license through a Revention terminal. The program works with any state ID (driver’s license, military, ID, etc.) or magnetic stripe/2D barcode card.

The data is captured and stored in the database for future reference, allowing businesses to keep track of every guest. Their information is stored in a file to see how many times they have visited the business along with the dates and times of othose visits. Furthermore, the program allows you to flag banned or VIP guests, which will alert staff members.

“Revention will continue to partner with solutions such as IDScan.net to ensure that our customers receive the most up-to-date technology to keep their businesses secure,” stated Revention Director of Product Management, Laura Gaudin.

About Revention, Inc. 

Revention is the leading developer of complete, customizable restaurant and entertainment management solutions designed to streamline the way hospitality concepts do business. Revention’s offerings include point of sale solutions, HungerRush integrated online ordering, and Revention Enterprise. Revention provides a complete solution that includes customized installation, training, technical support and much more.

For additional information, go to http://www.revention.com/.

Retailers Incorporate RFID Technology into Brick and Mortar Stores

If retailers across the country have a Super Bowl, it is called the Big Show, which this year took place in January in New York City. The big winnger of the big show, according to industry experts, is the role of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. This innovative strategy for improving customer experience, increasing data and reducing loss is growing in popularity and has the potential of returning big dividends for brick and mortar stores, competing with a growing shift to online shopping.

According to Bill Hargrace, founder of the RFID Research Center at the University of Arkansas, RFID is the next big thing for top retailers. Half of the top 100 U.S. retailers are using RFID. RFID refers to the small chip that eliminates manul data entry or barcode scanning. It does not need to be scanned directly. For example, a bag of items at check-out can be priced without separating them. Though the technology has been available for decades, it has only recently become affordable and reliable enough to warrant the investment. Gillette recently bought 500 million devices for its products at the cost of ten cents per tag, according to published reports. In addition ot the obvious security and scanning benefits (the chips can act as a mini alarm), RFID technology has been employed in creative ways by major retailers. RFID chips embedded in clothes allows customers to look into a mirror/screen that shows them how the clothes would look on a modeling catwalk, and other audio-visual content related to the item, according to a trade report.

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The increased cost per tag appears to be outweighed by long-term benefits, though according to one study on the return on investment of RFID, the gains can be difficult to track. “(ROI) is not always easy to determine since you may have returns that are not necssarily a matter of financial profit,” the study’s author states. “Some RFID projects nay not yield significant cost reduction nor increase in revenue-at least not right away. However, they may provide significant benefits like increase in customer satisfaction or risk reduction.” Time will tell whether the ROI is worth it, but in the meantime, it will be stimulating to experience this newly incorporated technology first hand.

To learn more about IDScan.net, click here.

 

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ID Tech’s Latest Device Reads EMV Chip and Magnetic Stripe

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Check out the latest announcement from our partner, IDTech! This solution will make the transition from magnetic stripe to EMV seamless.

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 Smooth Transition:

The Augusta is a secure EMV chip and magnetic stripe reader that is
specifically designed to offer retailers a simple upgrade path to EMV from
traditional desktop magnetic stripe readers. This reader is able to provide
superior reading performance while also encrypting sensitive magnetic stripe
and EMV data. With all data encrypted, the Augusta can participate in
end-to-end solutions reducing the risk of data compromises.

 EMV/Universal SDK:

This reader has been designed to use ID TECH’s Common L2 Kernel and can
be utilized with ID TECH’s Universal SDK.  Augusta has been designed to use
ID TECH’s Common L2 Kernel and is fully compatible with ID TECH’S powerful
Universal SDK (which allows terminal applications to be developed in minimal time).

 Easy To Use:

The Augusta is very user friendly and reliable. It is available in USB-HID
configuration and uses common HID drivers. Beepers, LEDs and bidirectional
communication make interacting with the unit very intuitive. The location of the
mounting holes makes it easy to mount to any previous MiniMag II or SecuRED
mounting bracket. The Augusta is able to support 1,000,000 magnetic stripe
operations or 500,000 EMV transactions.

 Features:

  • Encryption capable 3-track MagStripe swiper and ICC reader
  • ICC reader that is EMV L1 certified and hosts the Common L2 kernel
  • Visual and audible feedback to signal good/bad card reads, etc
  • TDES and AES encryption algorithm for MagStripe and contact EMV output
  • Supports ID TECH standard TR31 (and optional TR34) based Remote Key Injection

To learn more about IDTech, please visit www.idtechproducts.com

Some States Receive Additional Implementation Time for the Real ID Act

According to an article on Politico.com, the Department of Homeland Security is extending the deadline for certain states which have not yet incorporated the changes to driver’s licenses as outlined in the Real ID Act.

Need a reminder of the Real ID Act? See below:

  • It was created to “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.”
  • Real ID Act was passed in 2005 in response to 9/11
  • Residents must show proof of citizenship or residency in order to obtain driver’s license

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While the states (Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico and Washington) that received the two year extension are grateful for it, others are less than thrilled. Some industry law-makers fear that the states will not be motivated enough to take the necessary steps to actually execute the implementation.

What are your thoughts?

Card Durability

In the world of IDs, card durability is an important factor for a number of parties. We, the card holder want our cards to last as a matter of convenience as well as the issuers of the cards where creating new ones costs a pretty penny. What is it then that determines whether a card will make it through a 2, 5 or even 10 year lifespan?

 

There are several different tests which are conducted. The first test is the ISO/IEC 24789. This test is comprised of 2 parts. The first part determines the lifespan of the card by making estimations about how it will be used. One has to consider, what is the life span of the card? The standard ID card life is 5 years. Within that 5 year period, the vendors must determine how it will be stored and used. Storage will vary, some will keep the card in a wallet, others in a pocket. The ID will be exchanged between people to look at it, it may be swiped or scanned. Durability tests are then conducted on the cards to see whether these estimates are accurate.

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The ANSI INCITS 322 is another type of test which is used to see if the card physically endures tough environmental conditions. Some of the test includes putting cards in a paint can which is then filled up with a variety of substances and shaken for several hours. The complement to this test is the  ANSI INCITS 322 Surface Abrasion Test which involves putting the cards on a rotator which are ground by a machine. This is repeated for 5,000 cycles.

 

While the durability tests are important in creating the ideal card, they are not the only factor in creating them. A card’s creation is aldo dependent upon the relationship between the vendor and the issuer. Agreements between the two can take a considerable amount of time. Experts agree that it is important for vendors and issuers to come up with a standard practice to provide feedback regarding the cards’ durability and create standards for testing and issuing.

 

Card durability is also important not just for the convenience of the individuals which have the cards but because producing them is very costly. It is expensive to re-issue 50 million cards every 5 to 7 years. A card with a 10 year life span would be beneficial for muliple parties.

 

For more information on card durability please click on the links below:

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Medicare Common Access Card

Fraud prevention has become a hot button topic in recent years with the increase of items such as Apple Pay, Venmo and online banking. However, other industries find this subject relevant, including healthcare, in this case, Medicare.

The government currently loses $60 billion each year due to misuse of Medicare funds, including fraud. With so much money at stake and the proper technology now available, the Medicare Common Access Card Act of 2015 was proposed last July.

The bill is to be reviewed and then sent to the House or Senate. The goal is to establish a card pilot program. The current Medicare cards display private information such as social security numbers.  According to Re: ID Magazine, the new ones would not display this information. The new Medicare cards will be machine readable and fraud resistant; there will be a circuit chip with a secure microcontroller according to gov.track.us.  Those who qualify for the pilot program will be people whose identity has been breached in the past. The sponsor for this bill is Peter Roskam, Representative for Illinois’s 6th congressional district.  The pilot program will be under the title “XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act.” The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid must report their findings within 2 years.

While it appears as though the U.S. government is taking a step in the right direction in terms of fraud prevention and identity maintenance, it will be quite a while if and when such a card is created. For more information on the ID industry, click here.