Best ID Scanners for Bars and Nightclubs

The intoxicating world of Bars and Nightclubs is an ever changing realm, but in this post-Covid era, it seems more different now than ever before. Like most industries, the Bar and Nightclub world has had to make a lot of changes to ensure the health and safety of its patrons is at the forefront, and switching to as many touchfree options as possible has aided in that practice. For any Bar or Nightclub, service starts at the door where security will ultimately check the ID of every patron, and doing this manually not only takes a lot of time, but leads to increased exposure when it is unnecessary. 

ID Scanners and ID scanning solutions can help the Bar and Nightclub industry in a variety of ways. For starters, having a scanner can cut down on the time it takes to get people through the long lines that can accumulate during peak hours. As previously mentioned, these ID scanners can also help to cut down on potential exposure to various pathogens. However, the most important reason businesses should invest in a scanner and accompanying visitor management solution is the fact that it can not only catch fake IDs, but you can also customize profiles to flag specific patrons as VIPs, Banned, Big Spenders, or whatever else you desire.  In this article, we will be taking a look at the best scanner options for businesses in the Bar and Nightclub industry.

The FZ-N1 is the perfect choice for those establishments that have high volumes of customers. It is quick, powerful, and features an all day battery life, but if you still worry that one battery isn’t enough, don’t. This device allows for quick and easy battery swaps if one needs to be recharged. This solution is also handheld, so it is easy to take it wherever it is needed. Oh, and did we mention it has a military grade design? That makes it one of the toughest scanners we offer.

The Panasonic FZ-N1 has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, so it is able to be used on or offline, so it is especially ideal for areas that may not always have the best internet connection. The scanner also offers an 8-megapixel shooter that is able to read MRZs (machine readable zone). The scanner does not have UV or IR capabilities though, so if authentication is something you need, there are other options that would better suit your needs. 

The M500 is perfect for any establishment that needs authentication, other third-party checks, or offers age-restricted vending. The scanner has a motorized side load design that allows you to quickly and precisely check IDs. Powered via cord, you never have to worry about this unit running out of battery life in the middle of peak hours. This ID scanner is the best option for those wanting the most accurate verification possible of scanned IDs.

This ID scanner includes full-color ID scans with the built in 600 dpi camera and magstripe reader allowing for proper authentication or third party checks. The only con for this ID scanner is the size. The E-Seek M500 is a relatively large unit that will need a table to sit on during use, so it might not be the best choice for those establishments looking for a portable ID scanner. 

3: IDWare Falcon

The newest product in our fleet, the IDWare Falcon is perfect for those establishments that truly want a touch-free solution for guests. This tablet sized ID scanner is not just a scanner, but has the visitor management aspect built right in. The Falcon can either be portable or mounted on a stand, and if it is on the stand, patrons can just hold their ID under the built-in scanner for quick and easy verification. This scanner can be used on or offline which makes it another great option for those with unreliable Wi-Fi. 

The IDWare Falcon has a whopping 8 LCD inch screen, and the built-in scanner is able to read 1D and 2D barcodes, PDF417, NFC and MRZs. This makes it especially good for those Bars and Nightclubs that get a lot of international visitors that may not have a United States driver’s license. 

Above are three solid options for Bar and Nightclub establishments, but if none of those suit your needs, we have plenty of other ID scanners for you to choose from. Be sure to talk with one of our industry experts so that they can help guide you to make the perfect decision.

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