Nightclub and Bar Owners: What Can You Do with Demographics?

If you are a nightclub or bar owner, scanning an ID should go way beyond verifying a patron’s age. If you are not using the valuable demographic data that is collected upon ID scan, then you are hurting your bottom line.

In this post, you will learn how you can take advantage of the valuable demographic statistics.

Demographic Data That Will Help You:

  • Zip codes
  • Age
  • Gender

 

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Zip codes are important. If you run a report using a tool like VeriScan Online, and you see that a certain zip code in your city or town has minimal presence at your bar, you know you might want to increase your advertising in that area.

You will also want to segment your customers by age and gender. Don’t get me wrong, of course, there will be exceptions to some of the stereotypical  beverage and or music preferences, however having an overall idea of age and gender will help your operations and your bottom line.

If on Tuesdays you primarily have 40-45 year old males at your bar, you would probably consider a scotch or whiskey special. Whereas, if on Fridays you have a large number of 22-25 year old females, you might consider doing a skinny margarita special. This is not to say that millenials don’t like whiskey and 45 year old men don’t like skinny margaritas, but you understand the overall goal here.


By observing statistics about your audience, you can make small adjustments in your operations that will bring great returns.

If you don’t have a way to collect this demographic information,  Click here.

If you want to learn more about demographics and strategy at your nightclub or bar, checkout this article  from Nightclub&Bar.

Rhode Island ID Update

The Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles started issuing newly designed driver’s licenses and state ID cards on July 19th.  This change is the first one since 2003.

The Rhode Island DMV decided to do this as a security measure.  Like many other states that have recently implemented this sort of change, the goal is to protect its citizens against identity theft and prevent counterfeiting. The new security features on the ID will make it more difficult for the IDs to be replicated. The IDs will also bring the state towards Real ID Act compliance. Old ID cards are still valid until their expiration and the fee for the new cards will not change.

 

Some of the new features include:

  • Optically variable pattern
  • Background features Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge
  • Large image of ID holder as well as a smaller, faded image
  • Date of birth printed in 3 locations
  • Ink that glows when exposed to a UV light
  • Tamper resistant

 

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Image from DMV RI


NBC 10 News reports on a state press release which states, “The Division of Motor Vehicles will transition driver’s licenses to the more secure cards this month, along with the installation of cameras at work stations at DMV and AAA offices around the state,” the release noted. “The cameras are part of a streamlined process that will be introduced with the new cards. Instead of having to go to two work stations to complete their transactions, all work can be done at one station.”

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

To learn more about the new Rhode Island IDs, click here.

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Real ID Act Impacts Air Force Base Access

Air Force Bases Restrict Access to those with Minnesota, Missouri, Washington & American Samoa IDs

Beginning August 15th,  no Defense Department installation will accept IDs from Minnesota, Missouri, Washington or American Samoa. Some of these installations include U.S. Air Force bases, Holloman and Patrick.

Other sectors of the U.S. Defense Department, including the Navy, Marine Corps and Army stopped accepting identification that was not compliant with the Real ID Act in the early part of this year. The U.S. Air Force bases decided to wait to enforce the Real ID requirements until they received further direction according to Military.com.

The U.S. Air Force bases changed the identification requirements so they would  be in compliance with enforcing the Real ID Act.  Maj. Megan Hall , 45th Security Forces Squadron commander states, “Implementation of the Real ID Act will bring us into compliance with the congressionally-mandated identification standards.”

The Holloman Air Force Base located in Otero County, New Mexico and the Patrick Air Force base, located in Brevard County, Florida have each stated that alternative forms of proper identification will be accepted and that the rules will not affect current military members, dependents or retirees.

Some of the forms of identification that will be accepted at U.S. Air Force bases include:

  • U.S. or foreign government passport
  • Employment authorization documents which include a photo
  • ID cards issued by federal, state or local government agencies that include a “photo and biographical information.”
  • Enhanced driver’s licenses from Minnesota or Washington

 

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U.S. Air Force Base Entrance. Image from Military.com


To learn more about the Real ID Act and its impact on U.S. Airforce bases, click here. For a refresher on the Real ID Act, click here.

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IDScan.net to Assist in Flooding Response Efforts in Louisiana

IDScan.net, a Louisiana based software company, announced today that they are offering free services to assist those in the search and rescue in Southern Louisiana and Mississippi. This includes volunteers, disaster response groups as well as law enforcement.

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Louisiana flooding victims being rescued. Image from Nola.com

Their ID scanning applications give recovery response groups the ability to easily collect, track and maintain information of the flooding victims who have been rescued. These applications collect the information from a government issued ID using the camera on a mobile device. They can search the application’s database by name, ID number, date and time to confirm rescue to loved ones and family members as well as share information with law enforcement. The applications can also be used to collect volunteer information.

 

For those involved in the rescue recovery, if you have a mobile device, you will first register for the application, VeriScan Online, here. In the comments section of the registration, please put that you are part of the disaster relief in Louisiana or Mississippi.

 

Once registered, you will receive an email with two logins and passwords, one is for theVeriScan Online portal, which stores the ID information and allows you to run reports, search for names, etc. The other is for the actual VeriScan Online app which you will download from the Apple App or Google Play Store. Once you have registered and downloaded the app, enter the login information provided in the email.

 

If response teams are using an iPad, IDScan.net recommends downloading VS Max as it gives users the ability to have customizable dropdowns and fields to easily ask and record answers to questions from those that have been rescued. Users will follow the same registration instructions mentioned above with VS Max, except they will download VS Max instead of VeriScan Online. Response teams can then change the login information by logging onto the VeriScan Online portal here and clicking on the “Settings” tab, then on “Devices” and the “Edit” button.

 

IDScan.net works with companies like Response Force 1 and Virginia Task Force 1 who participate in national and international disaster response missions. If you have any questions, please contact IDScan.net at 504-434-0222 or send an email toinfo@781.fdb.myftpupload.com.
Thank you and be safe.

 

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Utah ID Update

The Driver License Division in Utah’s Department of Public Safety started issuing new driver’s licenses and state ID cards in June of this year.  The replacement process will take around 5 years.

Utah DPS decided to do this as a security measure.  Like many other states that have done this recently, the goal is to protect its citizens against identity theft and prevent counterfeiting. The new security features on the ID will make it more 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:

  • Laser perforation
  • Laser engraving
  • Beehive graphic to be embedded into the new cards

 

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Image from Utah.gov


 

The Utah DPS contracted MorphoTrust USA to make the enhancements with a 5 year agreement. Morphotrust USA President and CEO, Bob Eckel stated, “MorphoTrust is delighted to continue to grow our nearly 50-year partnership with the Utah Driver License Division.” “Our mission is to secure, protect and simplify the lives of the American people and we are priveleged to be able to work with the great state of Utah to provide them with the enhanced personalized security features and new ‘look and feel’ for their driver’s license they required.

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

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

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Massachusetts Real ID Act Updates

Bill H4450 Brings Massachusetts into Compliance with Federal Real ID Law

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Important Dates in the Massachusetts Real ID Act Implementation Process

June 30th, 2016Massachusetts House and Senate Pass Bill H4450 which includes the passage to bring Massachusetts to Real ID Act compliance.
July 11th, 2016Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signs bill with several vetoes and amendments.
July 23rd, 2016House and Senate roll call majority of Governor Baker's vetoes.

What does this mean for Massachusetts residents in regards to Real ID Act?

Fall 2017Massachusetts RMV will start issuing Real ID cards.
October 2020Real ID cards are required to board a domestic flight or enter a federal building.
5 yearsThe new security enhancements in the card will be released over this period of time.
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Image of sample Real ID, image from Beacon Hill Patch

To learn more about the Real ID Act in Massachusetts, click here. To learn more about the Real ID Act in general, click here. To learn about how IDScan.net can help you stay on top of changes in ID formatting, subscribe to our blog or call us at 888-430-8936!

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How to Stay Compliant as a North Carolina Bar/Private Club Owner

We are pleased to announce that our VeriScan Online Enterprise solution has been authorized by the North Carolina ABC!

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Automating ALE Requirements:

IDScan.net’s VeriScan Online Enterprise Subscription automates ABC’s requirements so when the ALE comes for an inspection, you can easily access and provide them with the records they request. VeriScan Online will ensure the following:

  • Automate new member registration
  • Alphebatized membership roster
  • Alphebatized visitor log
  • Hobby automation
  • Ensure compliance and prevent fines
  • Provide efficient operations and positive staff and patron experience
  • Group members such as VIP and Banned
  • Share alert lists between clubs and other VeriScan Online Enterprise users to receive an alert such as entry of a Banned patron, arrival of VIP, etc.

Next Steps:

If you would like to learn more about VeriScan Online, you can sign up for a free 30 day trial here or call 888-430-8936 for a free consultation or demo.


ALE:

The Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) is responsible for the enforcement of ABC Laws. They are a division of the Department of Public Safety.

As a bar owner in North Carolina, you know the importance of complying with  ALE and its unique requirements. Many of you have establishments which the ABC considers to be a private club. The North Carolina ABC rules can make ensuring compliance a time consuming and laborious process.

Some of ABC’s Requirements for North Carolina:

  • Membership Roster with all Members Names & Addresses in Alphabetical Order
  • Signed Membership Agreement in Alphabetical Order
  • Alphebatized Visitor Log
  • Member Hobbies

Bar Owners’ Challenges:

You are in a challenging position. You have to ensure that you meet the above requirements while also still focusing on training employees, ensuring your customers receive a positive and timely experience and ensuring that your staff can focus on their actual responsibilities rather than tedious labor.

Currently, many bar owners are keeping paper logs and having employees file them manually and in alphabetical order at least once a week to prepare for a possible ALE visit.  While this meets compliance, it is not efficient for operations and wastes precious time that you could dedicate toward enhanced service, marketing efforts, etc.
In an Ideal World, a North Carolina Bar Owner Would Like to be Able to:

  1. Automatically collect & store patron info and classify them as a member or guest

  2. Receive notification of when membership fees are due

  3. Have patron electronically sign membership agreement and store alphabetically for your records

  4. Print out a membership card after automatically collecting patron information

  5. Have an easily accessible and alphebatizable visitor log


 

 

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IDScan.net Integrates Payment Processing into ID Scanning Apps

IDScan.net has announced that payment processing is now fully integrated into their cloud based ID scanning applications, VeriScan Online and VS Max.


IDScan.net has announced that payment processing is now fully integrated into their cloud based ID scanning applications.

The move, according to Denis Petrov, CEO of IDScan.net, allows businesses to process a credit card payment and automatically capture and link it to the data stored on the purchaser’s ID. It allows two separate actions to be processed as one entry.

“This capability is great news for our customers who can now easily collect payments on the spot while ensuring that they have the valuable customer data that they need,” Petrov said.

“The new payment processing feature will allow all types of organizations to increase their number of transactions as well as revenue.” -Denis Petrov, CEO IDScan.net

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Easily collect payment regardless of location.

This full scope solution benefits any markets that need to take payments and quickly collect customer data through mobile or desktop solutions. This could be for any type of event entry, donation request, marketing purposes for sales trials, etc. The solution is also essential to fighting chargebacks.

With VeriScan Online, it takes less than 1 second to collect the ID information; this automation provides greater efficiency and accuracy for businesses. The applications not only capture ID and payment information, they also capture signature, provide geo coordinates as well as a receipt. The information collected allows organizations and businesses to better understand their donors or customers. With the applications, businesses can generate reports to identify gender, age, and zip code through an online web portal.

The payment processing is now integrated into all versions of the VeriScan Online application. This also includes the newly released VS Max, a cloud based ID scanning app which has similar functionality to VeriScan Online but gives users further customization options which include customizable fields, whether it is for a questionnaire or to more quickly process visitors.

IDScan.net CTO, Andrey Stanovnov, states “The VS Max application has the additional feature of being completely customizable. The added advantage is it allows customers to tailor exactly what information they would like to capture and keep track of said data in a very streamlined way.

“Both the payment processing integration and the release of the VS Max application are exciting initiatives for IDScan.net. The integrated systems are fast and efficient, and they provide a new and improved experience for both businesses and customers,” Stanovnov said.

About IDScan.net
At IDScan.net we help businesses flourish with ID scanning solutions that streamline visitor management, increase security and optimize efficiency. We were the first company to market for mobile ID scanning solutions, and we continue to deliver cutting-edge technology based on our clients’ needs.

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IDScan.net & QuickSpark Financial Partner, Making the Latest in ID Scanning Technology More Accessible

IDScan.net announced a partnership with QuickSpark Financial this week, making it even easier for customers to purchase the latest in ID scanning technology solutions.

CTO of IDScan.net, Andrey Stanovnov said the partnership would see IDScan.net’s state of the art technology being even more accessible to customers across the United States and Canada.

“The new financing option offers additional convenience to our customers. It’s such a simple and easy solution and the entire process takes just 30 seconds,” Stanovnov said.

“All our customers need to do is complete a one-page secure online form and QuickSpark will let them know if they qualify for financing,” he said.

The no obligation credit application can be completed via IDScan.net’s online store. QuickSpark then provides customers with an immediate response, followed by further information about the next steps for finalizing their purchase.

According to QuickSpark CEO, Mike Rather, the advantage of QuickSpark financing is being able to get the equipment you need to grow your business today, while spreading payments over time.

“Financed equipment can create income that exceeds the cost of monthly payments. So, essentially, your new equipment is paying for itself, while you save your cash for other critical business expenses,” Mr. Rather said.

“This provides a greater degree of capital flexibility to help ensure success in the demanding world of business,” he said.

IDScan.net is an industry leader, offering a full suite of identification scanning technology solutions applicable to a diverse range of industries, from hospitality to law enforcement. The new financing option is available now on selected IDScan.net products.

To find out more, visit the online store, or contact 888.430.8936 to speak to our sales team.

About IDscan.net
IDScan.net is the industry leader in ID scanning technology and development of ID scanning software solutions. Its innovative history includes being first to market with their mobile solutions for scanning ID’s. IDScan.net provides a full spectrum of solutions for fraud prevention, access control, automatic data capture, age verification and visitor management. Products offered include a full suite of mobile, tablet, and desktop solutions that are used in a variety of industries, including: gaming, 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.

About QuickSpark Financial
At QuickSpark we help small businesses grow with simple financing, world class service and our passion for helping others. We provide technology-driven financial solutions for America’s businesses. For more information on QuickSpark Financial please visit us at QuickSpark.com.

LA Governor John Bel Edwards Prepares for Real ID Bill

On Monday, May 30th the Louisiana Senate voted to pass a bill that allows residents to decide whether they want a driver’s license or other state ID card that is compliant with the Real ID Act.

The bill was proposed by Louisiana State Senator Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb (pictured below) and passed with a 28-9 vote. Governor John Bel Edwards plans to sign the bill into law.

Proponents of the bill believe that Louisiana residents should have this option in order to protect their privacy.

As discussed in our last blog post, opponents of the Real ID Act feel that it violates privacy and makes it easier for hackers to obtain personal information due to the fact that the information will go into a database that is shared between states.

To learn more about this bill click here.


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Image from the Washington Times

Need a refresher on the Real ID Act? Click here.