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.

 

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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.

How Healthy is Hospital Security?

Today’s world is changing quickly. Sadly, security is becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives.  With an increasing number of tragedies, I can’t help but think about security precautions people take in order to promote safety. I most recently thought about this when I went to the hospital to visit my grandmother.

I entered the hospital without being required to sign in. This is certainly convenient but it also made me wonder, doesn’t security want to know who is entering the premises? The last time I went to this hospital, I was prompted to sign in because it was after 8:00 pm. But, all I had to do was write my name on a sign-in sheet; it was nothing official.  Since I am working at a company that specializes in ID scanning with an emphasis on stremlining visitor management, I couldn’t help but think about how easy it would be for this hospital, and many more across the country, to implement a system that would keep its patients and staff safe. An entire system can be purcased for as little as $250.

Here are some examples as to how hospitals can benefit from ID scanning:

  • Save time; automate data entry with the scan of a driver’s license in <1 second
  • Prevent unwanted visitors by detecting fake IDs
  • Protect patients and hospital staff by running visitor ID against a security screening list
  • Keep track of who enters and exits the building with in-and-out-tracking
  • Ensure accurate data capture

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Domestic Travel Changes for Louisiana Residents

Louisiana Residents Require Additional ID for Domestic Travel


 

 

 

licenseCongress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 as a response 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.

 

 

 

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As a result of Louisiana’s non compliance to the REAL ID Act, residents of the state will have to show additional identification other than their driver’s license to travel domestically.

 

 

personAccording to the Department of Homeland Security, Louisiana has an extension, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver’s licenses until October 10th, 2016. However, other sources say, Louisiana residents will have to use other forms of identification while travelling starting in January of 2016. Accepted forms of ID will include:

*Military of governmental IDs

* Passport

* Passport Card

* Enhanced Driver’s License

* DHS Trusted Traveler Cards

Access Control, Age Verification and More: VeriScan Online

VeriScan Online is a cloud based computing system.

What is a cloud based computing system? In our case, it is an app that scans ID’s and allows you to store and manage your data from different devices, all in one secure remote location.

This powerful cloud-based application scans any type of US or Canadian ID, including driver’s license, military ID, Common Access Card, gun/fishing permit, or Canadian health card, and collects all of the information into an online dashboard, so you can better manage your premises and understand your customers. It is a tool that provides customer analytics.

VeriScan Online’s cloud computing enables users to scan the ID and store the information remotely.  With cloud-computing power, you can scan IDs from multiple locations and aggregate the data into one place.

VeriScan Online is utilized across many different industries for uses such as visitor management , age verification, customer data collection for event marketing, etc.,  to provide the ability to share banned lists, alert lists, and generate sophisticated reports across all of  your devices and locations.  Our software comes equipped with a sophisticated online dashboard providing statistics and demographic information, including the number of new vs. returning visitors you have, the number of times they have visited your establishment, the geographical areas where your visitors are coming from, and more. 

Mobile Technology

Mobile Technology: ID Scanning

Going Mobile:

Mobile devices are becoming the dominant force among consumers and businesses worldwide. According to a study by Coupofy, mobile commerce is growing 300% faster than eCommerce. This growth is not only reflected in commerce but also in company operations.

More and more companies are using mobile devices as their platform of choice. Operations want to access business information and records through a variety of mobile devices including iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Many industries benefit from implementing mobile technology. This can range from casinos validating ID’s at any point, oil refineries using ID scanning software to run background checks and sending notification that the visitor has arrived or any company wanting to collect demographic information for marketing purposes.

Now companies can operate from multiple locations enhancing operational convenience and efficiency. This allows employees to communicate with other company staff and interact with customers in real time. For more statistics on mobile incorporation, please click here.

IDScan.net was the first company to implement mobile ID scanning technology in 2009. Our technology has been incorporated by a variety of industries for several different purposes, including security screenings, age verification and visitor management.

To learn more about our solutions, please click here.

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What Do We Mean When We Say ID Scanning?

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What Happens When Bars Don’t Scan IDs

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Protecting Your Bar 101

Bar owners are increasing their due diligence in terms of checking ID’s. More and more bars now use ID scanners to detect fake IDs. This is so important as the increase in underage drinking has caused more tragedies as a result. According to CNN.com, 4300 deaths annually are caused by underage drinking.

While bouncers check ID’s at the door, an important second step is often missed-checking the ID at the bar. Bar tenders often get busy or assume that because an ID has been checked at the door, they do not have to check it. This is not the case. Bar tenders, not just bar owners, are liable for serving minors.

Make sure you protect your employees, guests and your business. Check patron IDs at point of entry and the bar. From the launch party for Amoriste's new EP, Under The Hours Of Satellite Towers, Thursday the 15th July 2010. More info about Amoriste and their UK tour, as well as a chance to listen to some of their tunes on their website at http://www.amoriste.com Additional pictures and a blog post about the party on my blog at http://imaginary-visions.co.uk/2010/under-the-hours-of-satellite-towers/To ensure the IDs are valid, use an ID scanner. In the unlikely event that an extremely good fake goes undetected, ID scanners will stand up in court, saving you liability and money in fines. They also save time, your employees don’t have to second guess themselves or waste time squinting to read the information on the ID; the scanner will do that for you.

 

 

 


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