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. 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.
To purchase an ID scanner, , or to learn more about ID scanning, visit idscan.net.
VeriScan Online: Tags
This week, we are going to jump back a few weeks to highlight a user feature of VeriScan Online that will help you improve how you and your employees interact with customers.
As most of you know, VeriScan Online has a “Tags,” section. Tags can be used in multiple ways but we will discuss two of them as well as their latest capabilities.
Here is what you will learn:
- Use a tag to make a particular comment about a customer
- Have the tag serve as a destination reference
- Multiple tags per customer
Improving Customer Interaction:
- Let the tag make a statement about your customer: If a customer has a particular habit, let this be reflected in the tag. For example, if a customer is fond of a particular server, have the tag denote this. They will appreciate the fact you remembered their preferences.
- Let the tag act as a destination: Let your customer know that you are on your game. If you have a customer that is scheduled to visit a particular location at your establishment, tag them with that location name. Not only does this show personalization, it demonstrates streamlined operations.
- Multiple tags per customer: We recently added the component of having multiple tags per visitor. This will help you operate even more efficiently as you are no longer limited to using a tag as a comment or as a destination. This combination will help you and your business operate at its highest capacity.
A business that knows its customers:
Now that you know how to use tags, go out and impress your customers!
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Technology has progressed more than one could have ever imagined in the 21st century. Since 2005 alone, we have seen major developments including the ever so popular Facebook, Tesla and the iPhone. With its ubiquity, it seems as though we will only continue to be immersed by an ever changing, fast-paced technological environment. Such progress has also enhanced our ability to “go green,” not just in our personal lives but also in our businesses.
Entire buildings are able to go green. Some amazing examples are seen in Cat DiStasio’s article, 6 Futuristic Building Technologies That Will Change the World. These include: a building in Milan that cleans the air by absorbing smog and turning it into salts, a building in Hamburg powered by algae, self-healing concrete in Amsterdam, glass roof tiles in Sweden which heat a building using sunlight and a playhouse which is insulated by mushrooms. Not only are these structures environmentally friendly, they are also aesthetically pleasing. If entire buildings can be green, one can easily make a few small changes to help their business be more eco-friendly.
In addition to a clear conscience, a business can benefit in a variety of ways by implementing environmentally friendly measures. Your business can attract positive PR by taking green initiatives. There are tax credits available to companies that go green, you can see what’s applicable to your business by visiting https://www.sba.gov/content/federal-tax-credits-energy-efficiency. Your business can save money on energy bills, use less paper and reduce overall waste. Since being green is no longer a trend but part of a sustainable future, how will you make sure you integrate this into your business?
IDScan.net gives you the ability to reduce paper use, minimize your carbon footprint and has cloud storage so you never have to worry about losing your information. See how we might benefit your business by visiting https://idscan.net/wp/solutions/.
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As technology evolves, so should businesses. However, you would be surprised by how many businesses lag behind. This gap results in millions of dollars in lost revenue. How does your business measure up?
According to pointofsale.com, the average American household is part of 29 loyalty programs. The potential stored within this number can be quite significant for your business. So, why is it that you are not in a position to take advantage of this untapped potential? It may be because you are not aware of the technology that is available to help you.
IDScan.net has developed the technology which makes signing up for loyalty programs and tracking your customers’ patterns very simple. The key to attracting a customer to your loyalty program, is to ensure that the process is easy. That’s where IDScan.net comes in. Rather than having your customer fill out an arduous form which will often result in inaccuracy, give them a hassle-free way to become a member. IDScan.net’s software allows the customer to enter their information by merely swiping their ID. Within less than 5 seconds, you will have all of your customer’s information. This allows you to focus on your customer, rather than dealing with any inconveniences that would inevitably arise from filling out a paper form.
Once your customer is enrolled in your loyalty program, IDScan.net’s software then enables you to capture and track any relevant data that will amplify your business.
The benefits of a loyalty program are relevant to profit growth for several reasons. They boost growth, enhance your reputation, increase sales, provide important market research and enhance customers’ overall satisfaction. For more ways on how loyalty programs can benefit your business, please visit marketingland.com
So do yourself and your business a favor this summer, visit http://store.idscan.net/Software_c_9.html and see how IDScan.net can enhance your business.
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The ideal ID scanning solution has always been a four part process. First, the ID is physically scanned. The actual raw capture of the 2D barcode, smart-chip, or magnetic stripe is essential to the automation and actual validation of any ID. Secondly this raw data must be parsed. Unparsed, unformatted raw data is worthless to the business-owner. This parsing algorithm must be tailor-made to fit the ID on a state by state basis. Each state also constantly reformats their IDs, in an attempt to foil the manufacture of fakes and to keep up with new technology provided by the AAMVA. At IDScan.net, we have the most up-to-date parsing engine and work diligently to stay one step ahead of the forgers. Thirdly, the data should be collected. With our program VeriScan Online we pioneered cloud-based ID storage and were the first company to engineer mobile ID verification for the iOS. Lastly, this data should be presented for analysis. With VeriScan Online, custom reports and analytics are generated with a mouseclick.
This process is our bread and butter. That’s why it’s so exciting to announce our newest step with 3M’s CR5400 ID scanner/imager. The CR5400 represents the newest and most advanced weapon in our arsenal to fight ID fakes and forgers. This device when paired with our VeriScan software suite will detect any counterfeits, alterations, simulations and substitutions in the ID forging process.
Previously the alternative for checking against fakes and frauds was DMV database integration. This process is often time consuming and extremely costly, and only suitable for the most thorough visitor management and access control solutions. This new and affordable device with its spectrum of scanning compatibility checks and verifies licenses’ holograms with UV and Infrared light, ensuring that every inch of the ID meets state regulation and format. This simplifies the entire verification process to one in-house localized scan, so IDs can be processed quickly and inexpensively.
Over the following weeks we will be releasing compatible versions of our entire software suite. Please stay tuned as we work to bring you the most secure and efficient ID scanning solutions at the lowest price possible. Let us know if you have any additional questions not answered above.
We’re doing more and more things with our smartphones. With Apple Pay and Google Wallet, the traditional leather wallet already seems antiquated when stacked against the convenience of a mobile payment solution. So why not use them to store our driver’s license?
Motorists in Iowa may be among the first in the nation to be able to whip out their smartphones to access their licenses at traffic stops. The Iowa Department of Transportation is developing a smartphone app that would allow drivers to access a digitally encoded license that would take the place of the conventional plastic ID card.
“It’s on your cellphone so you can carry it around with you,” Iowa Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino says..
“From a law enforcement perspective I really don’t see any advantages,” says Sgt. Scott Bright with the Iowa State Patrol. “The first thing I thought about is if we’re making a traffic stop, is that violator looking for their cellphone before we stop the car.”
Bright also doubts that officers could scan the information from a digital license without carrying the cellphone back to the squad car. However, when paired with a mobile ID scanning solution, such as the VeriScan SL42 package, the ID would be able to be scanned in the field, eliminating many privacy concerns.
Computer security experts say the digital license could be more secure than a plastic license you might lose or leave lying around. But that doesn’t mean there’s any real need for this yet.
So with all the objections, what’s the point of a digital driver’s license? Andrea Henry at the Iowa DOT concedes there isn’t exactly a clamor yet for this innovation.
“However, we do know that customers are demanding services through their mobile devices more and more. It’s really about just keeping up with technology,” Henry says.
MorphoTrust USA, the technology company developing the app, is pushing that concept to other motor vehicle departments around the country. Jenny Openshaw of MorphoTrust USA says customers do want to be able to renew their driver’s licenses online and sees this as the next logical step.
“I think that the digital driver’s license doesn’t so much solve a problem as it fulfills a need and a desire on the part of the American consumer to have everything that is important to us in electronic form and on the mobile device of our choice. People are more likely to leave their wallet at home these days than their cellphone,” Openshaw says.
This process of wallet digitization is happening. People demand convenience, ease of access, and efficiency. It is only a matter of time before the digital revolution takes the driver’s license as well. And officials must be ready.
At IDScan.net we regularly work with state police forces on mobile scanning solutions. As we move into the age of the digital ID, contact us to maintain compliance and compatibility.
The story is always the same. A patron comes into your club, spends a lot of money, and a week later you receive a chargeback from their credit card company. This is the result of something called “buyer’s remorse” and it affects thousands of businesses all over the country on a weekly basis.
Buyer’s remorse stems from feelings of guilt over extravagance, or the notion that the customer has been duped into spending more than he or she should. Industries such as gentleman’s clubs, nightclubs, and liquor retailers are especially prone to fraudulent chargeback claims as they sell intangible services that are likely to induce buyer’s remorse in a large percentage of their customer base.
Capturing customer information is the best way to prevent chargebacks. The best way to go about this is with a time-efficient, automated, and preferably mobile solution. VeriScan Online’s cloud-based customer capture solution provides a secure, easy-to-use platform to capture and record and analyze your customers’ personal data.
The following best practices with VeriScan Online will help you reduce and fight chargeback claims levied against your business:
Scan, verify, and record the customers’ drivers licenses- Using our VeriScan software scan and validate your customers’ IDs, recording all of the contained data in a CSV log.
Use mobile solutions to eliminate buyers’ hesitance- VeriScan Online has a suite of mobile apps to allow for signature capture and ID scanning on the go, eliminating buyer hesitance associated with kiosk identification. If you can go to the customer rather than demanding the customer come to you, it’s far more likely that he or she will remain comfortable, relaxed, and willing to spend money on your products and services.
Timestamp your ID swipes– ID scans are timestamped so that they may be matched with credit card processes, proving that the patron in question was at the establishment during the time and credit card process in question.
Record biometrics– The more customer information you provide credit card companies, the easier it is to fight chargeback claims against your business. With VeriScan Online’s custom waiver feature you can create an agreement or waiver on the portal and have your patrons sign it using an iPad or connected signature pad device.
Photocapture the patrons’ IDs– VeriScan Online now allows for the Capture of 3 saved images to the cloud. These images can be of the patron in question, a hard copy of the ID, or any other identifying documents. They are all saved to the cloud and linked to the ID scan of your patron for immediate review.
Generating a report of this information to provide to the credit card companies is as easy as selecting a date range and clicking generate. By following these 5 best practices you can eliminate costly risk and prevent chargebacks and fraudulent claims with little to no hassle. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to call or email us, as consultation is free.
Ohio is set to release a new ID format on January 5th, 2015. This new ID would feature both a magnetic stripe and an updated PDF417 2D Barcode that would include the capacity for several new data elements for specific instances where they are needed.
These new data elements include a field that would signify the card carrier as a health care proxy to act on behalf of another individual if they lose the faculty to do so; a life-sustaining equipment indicator to identify that the card-holder is in medical need of a respirator or similar life-sustaining equipment; an under-16 until field relevant for those possessing intermediate licenses; and many other fields associated with different vehicle jurisdictions.
The release of these new data fields points to a trend of increased collection and monitoring of personal information in state and federal IDs. As our policing and medical practice systems advance our identification systems must follow suit. With the inclusion of these fields, Ohio is taking steps towards automating new processes and systems. We look forward to seeing what states will follow suit.
Providing our customer base with the latest ID scanning news and automatic updates is of the highest import for us. As such we take pride in staying one step ahead of our competitors with the most up-to-date parsing engine on the market. We are the first to know about pre-released ID format updates and regulations. Because of this, we are the first to market with our own updates, making sure that you maintain 100% compliance, 100% of the time.
If you are unsure as to whether you have the most up-to-date ID parser, please contact us at 888.430.8936 x103 or email us at [email protected]