3 Ways ID Scanning is Crucial to Retail Operations

Running a successful retail operation takes more than keeping track of inventory. As a retailer, you have a responsibility to ensure that your day to day operations are running as efficiently as possible, while ensuring a positive customer experience, and protecting yourself from consumer fraud. Customers don’t want to open a credit or loyalty account where it will be cumbersome to enroll or apply, and retailers don’t want fraudsters depleting their profits. Below you will learn how ID scanning technology solves all of these issues.

  1. Fraud Prevention:
    • Scanners with UV technology help detect IDs with fake holograms.
    • IDScan.net’s ID scanning technology includes an algorithm built in, alerting users if an ID has been scanned that is not exactly formatted for the issuing jurisdiction and data of issuance, helping to detect fake ID’s.
    • Higher level identity validation is also available. Companies like IDScan.net  have partnerships with corporations such as Transunion and Trulioo who provide higher level identity validation and background checks. This includes running the ID against government watch lists and many other crucial data sources.
  2. New Account Automation
    • Scan ID & collect customer information in less than 1 second.
    • Populate ID information directly into your new account enrollment platform.
    • 100% accurate data capture.
  3. Solutions for Every Environment
    • Mobile and laptop/desktop solutions available.
    • ID scanning SDK is available to use with all existing retail applications and platforms.
    • Out-of-the-box solutions available.

 

IDScan.net’s 12 Days of Christmas: The Gifts Expained

In our last blog post, we did IDScan.net’s 12 Days of Christmas. As we want readers to feel knowledgeable about ID scanning and what solutions apply to their industry, we decided to do a follow up post which goes into more detail about each of the items mentioned previously.

 pa700-teoThe VS PA700 is a handheld mobile scanner that automates information collection from an ID. Pairing it with the VeriScan Online app, dispensaries are able to run valuable demographic reports, automate returning patient check in as well as new patient registration, verify age and more.
If you have ever been to the Miami airport, then you have seen the AT9000. The AT9000 scans ID cards, all passports and captures an image of the document. It’s UV technology helps identify false documents. When paired with WizzForms, it populates ID data directly into an existing database. AT9000
 qs1000The QS1000 scans ID cards, all passports and captures an image of the document. Wineries use it to quickly process visitors, saving them time and increasing their bottom line.
WizzForms Plus was created specifically for hospitality operators. With the scan of an ID, guest information is directly populated into your PMS. It also captures credit card info and creates a searchable timestamped database which is perfect for fighting chargebacks. wf-plus
 pa700-backIDScan.net’s Solution UniScan Guard automates muster tracking of field employees, making it easy for plants to be OSHA compliant. It allows plants to know where there field employees are at any given time which is vital in the case of an evacuation or emergency.
The M280 allows you to scan and capture an image of the ID. Paired with VeriScan Plus software, it will allow bar owners to fight chargebacks, verify age and group customers. m280-license
 casino-total-rewardsWizzForms allows gaming operators to automate customer loyalty enrollment. With the scan of an ID WizzForms populates any casino platform with the ID info in less than 2 seconds. It is IGT certified and works with all major casino platforms.
IDScan.net’s ID scanning SDK allows financial institutions and retailers to automate new account set up without having to use any outside applications. customer-sign-up
 prison-entranceVeriScan Plus collects correctional facility visitor information in less than 1 second with the scan of their ID. It prints out time sensitive badges and has the ability to run an instantaneous background check.
IDScan.net has worked with various cities’ Department of Public Works to streamline their recycling operations. Our VeriScan Online Enterprise version lets municipal employees know whether a recycler is within the recycling limits; if they are not, they have to pay a fee to recycle. recycle
 happy-woman-at-deskWizzForms allows property management personnel to automate new lessee processing. With the scan of the lessee’s ID, their information is populated into the property management’s database in less than 2 seconds. This eliminates typos and missing information and saves staff time.
The CR5400 automatically scans and captures the image of an ID. Paired with VeriScan Plus software, it collects apartment or office building visitor information with a time stamp and searchable database. cr5400-for-indian-gaming

 

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IDScan.net’s 12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

  1. On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me: a PA700 for my dispensary.
  2. On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me: an AT9000 for airplane entry.
  3. On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love gave to me: a QS1000 for my winery.
  4. On the 4th day of Christmas my true love gave to me: WizzForms Plus for my needs of hospitality.
  5. On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me: automated muster tracking for my petrochemical facility.
  6. On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave my bar: an ID scanning, image capture M280.
  7.  On the 7th day of Christmas my true love gave to me: WizzForms automated loyalty enrollment for the gaming industry.
  8. On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me: automated account sign up with an ID scanning SDK for the financial industry.
  9. On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me: VeriScan Plus Visitor Management for my correctional facility.
  10. On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me: recycling limit validation for the public works department of my city.
  11. On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me: WizzForms to automate enrollment for my new lessees.
  12. On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me: the CR5400 to process visitors at my apartment building.
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3 Reasons ID Scanning is Crucial for Successful Dispensary Operation

ID scanning isn’t just for bars and nightclubs; dispensaries can benefit from it as well. It will streamline their operations and ensure that dispensaries are compliant with state and local law.

Tracking Amount of Marijuana Purchased Each Day

Certain states such as Oregon require that dispensaries cannot sell more than 7 grams of flower (on four immature plants) to an individual in a day. For this reason, dispensaries must have a way to track how much they are selling. This is where ID scanning can help. ID scanning applications such as VeriScan make it easy to note the amount of marijuana a customer has purchased and will time stamp this transaction when the ID is scanned. All of this information can easily be accessed and exported should law enforcement ever require it.

Passing Compliance Checks

While many states don’t require dispensaries to use an ID scanner, certain cities such as Aurora, CO require proof of age with an ID scanner. The first violation of selling to a minor can constitute a $3,500 fine or 5 days with a suspended license. A second offense can merit a 30 day license suspension where as a third offense of selling to a minor within a year time frame can cause a dispensary to lose their license. Whether a city requires you to use an ID scanner or not, it is worth it to prevent losing thousands of dollars, or worse, your business. On MarijuanaVenture.com, enforcement chief for the Liquor and Cannabis Control Board, Justin Nordhorn, states, “Door security staff read so many IDs during the course of their shift, they can fall prey to complacency.” The use of ID scanners eliminates the chance to be complacent.

ID scanners are also valuable when it comes to compliance checks with the State Liquor & Cannabis Board. ID scanning applications such as VeriScan or WizzForms will time stamp an ID scan and displays the age of the buyer should the board ever ask for proof that adequate effort was made to verify a buyer’s age.

Automating Restricted/Limited Access Visitor Processing

According to Rule M233 of Colorado’s Medical Code for dispensaries, those not licensed to be in certain areas of a dispensary are required to wear a badge which then must be submitted to the state. Visitors in a restricted access or limited access area are required to wear such badges. ID scanning solutions such as this one, can be paired with a simple badge printer such as the Dymo 450 to print badges upon the scan of the ID with the information required by the state.

Whether as a dispensary you want to streamline your customer processing or ensure compliance, ID scanning will make a positive impact on your bottom line.

Keeping Your Casino Operations at the Top of Their Game:

Overview:

Running a casino takes more than having enough poker chips and slot machines. As a casino operator, if you want your business to grow, you have a responsibility to keep patrons happy and to ensure compliance when it comes to preventing underage or banned patrons from entry. Your casino’s bottom line will suffer if you are fined or unable to provide a pleasant experience to your customers. In this article, casino operators will learn how ID scanning will keep their operations at the top of their game.

What You Need to Know:

  1. Loyalty Enrollment: ID scanning brings automation to loyalty enrollment. With proper hardware such as 3M’s AT9000 & autofill software such as IDScan.net’s WizzForms, you will have loyalty customers enrolled in less than 1 second! How it works: When your staff scans the patron’s ID, the ID scanning solution inputs its information directly into your loyalty enrollment database. What this does for your casino: The automated loyalty enrollment provides a better customer experience as they spend less time waiting and more time playing. In addition, you receive 100% accurate data and eliminate all typos and keystroke errors. Did we mention IDScan.net’s solutions are IGT certified and compatible with ALL casino platforms? If you have not yet automated your loyalty enrollment, then you are hurting your bottom line.
  2. Automated Data Collection: Whether your casino’s marketing department wants to collect information for a specific event or generally enhance their marketing efforts, it is vital that they have proper data. This data will inform your marketing efforts. With applications such as VeriScan Online, you will be able to run various demographic reports such as zip code reports to see which areas your patrons are coming from and which areas require more targeted marketing efforts.
  3.  Security: As the need for heightened security increases, so should your casino’s security efforts. Scanning an ID with software such as VeriScan will reduce the use of fake IDs. VeriScan compares the barcode formatting of the ID with that of the government-issued formatting, and if there is a discrepancy, security personnel will receive an error notification. While no software can detect 100% of fake IDs, VeriScan will help reduce their use. For higher level identity vetting, IDScan.net has the ability to tie the ID into various government databases including OFAC or others that provide various forms of authentication such as address identity authentication. Having patron information on file is crucial if a guest were to commit a crime while at the casino or within a close time frame of visiting one. VeriScan allows you to filter visitor logs by date and time. It also gives casino operators the ability to search for a person by their name or ID number. These logs can easily be exported and shared with law enforcement. In addition to ID authentication, VeriScan has the ability to group patrons. If someone who has been banned tries to return to the casino, once their ID is scanned, casino security staff will receive a “Banned” notification.
  4. Reduced Fraud: With the use of image capture scanners and a computer camera, casino operators can reduce fraud. The VeriScan software will automatically capture an image of a casino patron and tie it to the scanned ID which is time stamped. The ID scanning hardware can also capture an image of the ID. This reduces fraud if a patron ever claims that they were not in the casino when they in fact were.
  5. Age Verification: ID scanning is necessary when it comes to age verification. People are prone to error and manually verifying age is time consuming. VeriScan displays the visitor’s age on the screen, and if the patron is of age, a green box will be displayed around the age. Conversely, if the patron is underage, red will surround the age number displayed. If the ID is expired, VeriScan will also issue a notification. This helps increase efficiency and reduces fines associated with underage patrons.

IDScan.net will help your casino operate at its highest level. Learn more about IDScan.net’s gaming solutions, here or call one of our specialists, at 888-430-8936!

3 Ways ID Scanning is Crucial to Operations in the Financial Industry

Operating a successful financial institution, whether it is a bank or a credit union, takes more than crunching numbers. As the manager, you have a responsibility to ensure that your day to day operations are running as efficiently as possible while ensuring security and a positive customer experience. Customers don’t want to open an account where it will take forever to sign them up and financial institutions don’t want fraudsters depleting their profits. Below you will learn how ID scanning will help with all of these issues.

  1. Fraud Prevention:
    • Scanners with UV technology help detect IDs with fake holograms.
    • Software like WizzForms have an ID validation component in which users receive an error notification if the ID formatting is different than that of the government issued ID’s.
    • Higher level authentication vetting is available. Companies like IDScan.net that have partnerships with corporations such as Transunion can provide higher level identity vetting with their background checks. This includes running the ID against government watch lists such as OFAC as well as many others.
  2. New Account Automation
    • Scan ID & collect customer information in less than 1 second.
    • Populate ID information directly into your customer database.
    • 100% accurate data capture.
  3. Solutions for Every Environment
    • Mobile and laptop/desktop solutions available.
    • ID scanning SDK is available to use with existing financial applications.
    • Out-of-the-box solutions available.

ID Scanning & The Hospitality Industry: Guest Experience is Crucial

ID Scanning goes well beyond age verification. It helps businesses in a variety of industries increase productivity, automate data capture, streamline visitor management and optimize operational efficiency. The hospitality industry is no exception. ID scanning automates guest check-in; this not only increases efficiency but provides a better experience for hotel guests. Below, you will learn how this process works and the best solutions for small/mid-sized operations as well as larger chains.

With technology from a company like IDScan.net, hotel operators scan a guest’s ID and collects their information in less than 1 second. The information that the scan collects is up to the hotel operator. Once you determine what information you want collected, after the ID is scanned, IDScan.net’s software populates it directly into your PMS. There are a few different scanning options in terms of software depending on whether the hotel is a large or small operation.

Larger Hotels. If you are part of a large hotel operation and have your own application, then an ID scanning SDK such as that from IDScan.net would be your best option. The SDK will give you the ability to have the ID scanning component built directly into your own application. This way you can continue to use your application without any additional steps.

Smaller & Mid-size Hotels. If you are a somewhat smaller hotel, then the ID scanning solution-WizzForms Plus M280 would be your best option. WizzForms Plus is an app that is essentially a keystroke emulator. It will populate your PMS according to the profile you create which tells the app where to input what. In addition, it captures images of the ID and credit card so you can link said items to the ID scan and search for them later if necessary. This is great when it comes to fighting chargebacks.

Regardless as to whether you are part of a large chain or a boutique hotel, providing a positive guest experience and operating at your highest level are invaluable assets. To learn more about IDScan.net’s hospitality solutions click here.

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Firearm Retailers: 5 Things You Must Know

5  Things Firearm Retailers Must Know about ID Scanning to Streamline Operations and Increase Safety

Automate Data Entry on Form 4473. Applications like IDScan.net’s WizzForms, will populate Form 4473 in less than 1 second with the information stored on the buyer’s ID. Rather than sit there and manually type out the information, the WizzForms software will do it for you. This will not only save retailers time but will ensure that they have 100% accurate data capture.

Use with Your Firearms Platform. You can populate your firearms platform with a customer’s information whether you are issuing them a permit or disposing of a firearm.

Eliminate Paperwork. ID scanning will allow you to eliminate paperwork so you can increase your operational efficiency and get organized. Software like IDScan.net’s VeriScan Plus will easily streamline your operations. VeriScan Plus collects the information from a customer’s ID in less than 1 second and stores all data collected which can then be easily accessed at any time, be it for demographic analysis or sharing information with law enforcement. Retailers have the option of grouping customers such as “Gold Customer” or “Banned.” It also has the capability to enable fingerprint technology so once the fingerprint is captured, a customer can scan their fingerprint without having to take out their ID.

Enable Higher Level Identity Authentication. ID scanning enables retailers to reduce fraud and minimize liability. Certain ID scanning hardware will detect fake holograms with UV technology. ID scanning applications such as WizzForms and VeriScan Plus will provide an error message if the formatting of the ID does not match that of government issued IDs. For further authentication, some retailers utilize watch lists by running IDs against said lists.

Existing Applications. If you have your own application, IDScan.net’s ID scanning SDK will work with it. The ID scanning SDK will allow you to capture customer ID information with your  application. We have SDK’s available for single licenses as well as for large scale deployments.

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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!