The shift towards mobile wallets and hands free solutions, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has led to a sea of change in how consumers think about their wallet. Tools such as ApplePay and Venmo have eliminated the need to carry cash, or even credit cards. Many state law enforcement agencies are accepting proof of insurance from a phone. And now, jurisdictions are rapidly rolling out the mobile driver’s license (mDL) as a companion to physical, printed IDs.
“The desire for age and identity verification software which can accept mobile IDs has risen substantially in just the last year. Businesses are challenged with finding elegant solutions that can authenticate physical identity documents and read digital credentials from multiple jurisdictions, given the lack of a federal standard.
Because there is no federal standard for digital IDs, each state is free to utilize a solution of their choice. Arizona, Maryland, and Colorado are currently live with an Apple Wallet-powered mDL. Georgia, New York, Kentucky, and Utah are among states which have announced future plans to integrate with Apple. Apple users provide initial identity verification by uploading a photo of their ID, and walking through a guided selfie identity check. The app then uses near field communication (NFC) to securely transmit ID data to approved vendors.
Delaware, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Louisiana each have proprietary apps. Louisiana’s LAWallet app additionally includes a digital vaccine card, hunting and fishing licenses, concealed handgun permits and the ability to renew or order a duplicate license with the click of a button. These applications expose a 2D (PDF417) barcode, which allows for ID scanning through the same processes as a business would scan a physical ID.
Although all 50 states continue to issue physical licenses, and some insist that mDLs are only meant to serve as “companions” to physical licenses, usage in states with mDLs continues to rise. According to Envoc, developer of the LA Wallet, more than 66% of eligible Louisiana residents have installed the app, and of those who downloaded, they see frequent usage suggesting use of the app as their primary method for providing ID.
“Louisiana has seen many ‘firsts’ and successes with its resident-focused digital credential,” says Calvin Fabre, President of Envoc. “Our residents are the true winners in the digital credentials race.”
Envoc has also performed over 700,000 face-to-face verifications using the LA Wallet app, and over 1.4 million remote identity verifications relying parties involving the digital version of the driver’s license.
The key remaining barrier to widespread adoption is acceptance at TSA checkpoints for domestic travel. However, TSA recently announced acceptance of Arizona and Maryland digital IDs at select airports, with a plan to roll out additional eligibility for more states. Bars and nightclubs, dispensaries, and law enforcement organizations, are already accepting digital drivers licenses that present a 2D barcode (LAWallet, MyColorado). Businesses will require an NFC-capable reader, and use of an approved application, in order to accept IDs via the Apple Wallet.
IDScan.net is a leading identity verification platform focused on detecting the highest percentage of fraud for high compliance industries. The company has enhanced environments and experiences for over 7,500 clients including IBM, Shell, AMC Theaters, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Dave & Busters, and many more of the world’s most trusted brands.
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You may have noticed that something looks a bit different since the last time you logged into your VeriScan Cloud account. Our team has been hard at work on bringing forward some of the most frequently requested features from our customers.
Flexible Data Exports
We know that not all businesses want to see the same kinds of information in their scan history. For example, a single location won’t find it valuable to list the “Location” column, while someone operating across multiple locations will want to enable that column to make it clear which location scanned an ID.
In our new portal at VeriScanCloud.com, you can easily customize which columns appear in your visitor history and then export the data as a CSV file.
Filters For Scan History
By collecting data on your visitors, you can gain a better understanding of your customer demographics, preferences, and behaviors. This information can be used to improve marketing efforts, tailor promotions and events, and enhance the overall customer experience.
For example, analyzing data on the age and gender of patrons can help a bar create marketing campaigns targeted towards specific age groups or genders. Data on the type of drinks ordered and frequency of visits can help a bar make decisions about inventory and staffing. The information can also be used to identify trends, such as popular times of day or days of the week, and adjust operations accordingly.
This gets so much easier with the filters and searching available in the new portal, so you can easily narrow down to view only what is most relevant to you.
View History By Photo
Finding someone you need to add to your BANNED group after they misbehaved in your establishment can be tricky, particularly if you don’t know their full name and only have security camera footage.
So if all you know is that someone named John started a fight during a busy night, you can filter your history to show only people that came in that night with the first name John, and then view by photo and compare to your security footage to make sure you’re banning the right person. Then, the next time they try to come in, you get the alert right away. Our nightlife customers love this feature!
Fine Tune Your Data Collection & Retention Settings
However valuable it is to analyze your visitor data, it is important to prioritize visitor privacy and ensure that any data collected is used in a responsible and ethical manner. It is also important to comply with applicable data protection regulations. Each state you operate in likely has different guidelines for what data can be retained, and for how long. We’ve made it incredibly easy to configure your data collection settings, and retention timelines, to allow for compliance with any and all state regulations.
If your business operates in multiple states, you may have to set different policies for data collection and data retention in order to comply properly with each state’s data privacy or ID scanning laws. Or, in another example, you might have to follow industry-specific regulations that vary considerably from state-to-state dictating what kinds of IDs you can accept at your cannabis dispensary, bar, or secure facility.
VeriScan Cloud uses Local Settings Profiles to synchronize settings across multiple devices. There’s a default profile that will apply to all your locations and devices, and you can also create additional profiles if you need certain locations and devices to follow different settings. This will allow you to capture the richest data possible in states with more lax data collection/ID scanning laws, while creating stricter compliance setting profiles for states with more stringent guidelines.
SSO Using Google Or Azure
We could all do with one less set of passwords to keep up with. Sign in with Google or setting up sign-in for your employees using Azure Active Directory can save time and effort, since they don’t have to remember and manage multiple usernames and passwords. It also adds an extra layer of security since Google’s authentication system is widely recognized and trusted, and Google offers features like two-factor authentication to further secure accounts.
Multi-Factor Authentication For Improved Account Security
One of the most effective ways to enhance security is through the use of multi-factor Authentication (MFA). MFA is a security measure that requires users to provide two or more forms of identification (email, SMS, or authenticator app) before being granted access to the sensitive data in your VeriScan Cloud. Our new portal at VeriscanCloud.com allows users to set up and sign in with MFA to ensure that the data in our secure cloud remains secure.
Need to change a setting or review a scan alert on the fly from your phone? Our new portal at VeriScanCloud.com offers that capability.
A modern, user-friendly interface, plus the ability to switch back to VeriScan Cloud Legacy View at any time
We know that our timeline in offering a new way of doing things might not line up exactly with your availability to learn something new. You might want to take advantage of expanded functionality offered by the new portal, but still be able to quickly and easily locate something you’re used to accessing in the old portal. Because of that, we are giving you time to adjust by leaving both options available to you.
Change a setting in the new portal, then just click the Back to old version link at lower left to switch back when needed. We’re confident that you’ll find enough value and that using the new portal will be intuitive enough that soon you will switch to VeriScanCloud.com permanently.
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NOLA-tech company, IDScan.net, has announced an additional round of hires across multiple departments.The new team members will add depth in Customer Success, Accounting, Sales, and Marketing, to support IDScan.net’s rapid acquisition of new customers, and streamlining of its product offerings.
“We expect to nearly double our US workforce in 2023 and we are excited to be adding energized employees to our team. We are committed to continuous improvement in all areas of the business.”
Deanna Sparkman, Director of HR
Announced among the new hires:
– Riley Jones has come onboard in a Customer Success Specialist role. He’ll be working directly with customers to help support VeriScan, WizzForms, and digital identity verification products, as well as troubleshooting on ID scanning hardware. He has more than 20 years experience in cable internet, DSL, and IOT/smart home support.
– Shelbie LeBlanc joins the growing accounting department, where she will be augmenting the Accounts Payable team to assist with processing the growing volume of new customers.
– Michael Conley joins the finance team in a senior role, after nearly ten years at BNY Mellon, and American Tower Corporation where he worked as a Senior Accountant and a Revenue Lease Analyst.
– Amberly Molina has accepted a role in the Sales organization as a Business Development Manager. She brings strong sales experience from her previous employer, Apartments.com, where she was a top performer.
– Sydney Pattison has joined the Marketing team to assist with digital initiatives, content development, and product marketing.
Announced among the promotions – Jillian Kossman has been promoted to Vice President of Marketing – Matt Stout has been promoted to Technical Product Manager. – Eric Tristan has been promoted to Product Manager.
IDScan.net anticipates a total headcount of more than 42 US-based employees by the end of 2023, in addition to an 80-person European-based engineering team. The company is focused on customer acquisition, empowering existing clients, and technology innovation across its ID scanning and digital identity verification products.
About IDScan.net IDScan.net is the leading AI-powered identity verification platform focusing on age validation and fraud reduction for high compliance industries. We have enhanced digital and physical environments for more than 6,500 customers including IBM, Shell, AMC Theaters, Trader Joe’s, and Circa Casinos. For more information, visit www.idscan.net.
On May 1, 2023, we will begin transitioning our 6,500 existing customers to a more streamlined licensing model. We are kicking off this process with our flagship product: VeriScan. With this transition comes new VeriScan pricing as well.
I wanted to write a personal note to address this transition, as many of you have been long-term, loyal customers and have entrusted us to keep your business secure and compliant for many years.
The process of moving from a desktop-software model to a wholly SaaS model has been underway for nearly 18 months. IDScan.net has offered the VeriScan product for more than ten years, and we have built out a variety of variations, feature-sets, and licensing models since that time. As of writing this blog, we currently have customers on 16 different versions of VeriScan. As you can imagine, this creates internal conflict as we manage the priorities of managing multiple codebases, product interfaces, customer support needs, and hardware integrations.
Meanwhile, fake IDs are becoming more and more sophisticated, and our machine learning team is working overtime to continue combatting fraudsters.
So, our engineering and product development teams have been hard at work bringing our most popular features and best-in-class fake ID detection into a single product suite. This includes multiple upgrades that have been requested by our partners for years:
Dark mode for Windows for low-light environments!
Easier management of multiple compliance/PII settings for our multi-state customers
Better filters, history, and exports by any and all collected fields
Greatly improved user interface for our VeriScan Cloud portal
Best-in-class 2D barcode security that catches IDs with barcode anomalies
ID authentication that detects up to 95% of fake IDs
I am so proud of our team and the work that has been done to make VeriScan the best ID scanning software, fake ID detection software, and visitor management system on the market. Moving forward, this streamlining will ensure that everyone benefits from our innovation and our ID parsing and barcode security engines.
For most of our customers, this means a modest increase in license costs.
However, for our customers who have previously been using a desktop-only product, or a one-off solution with special pricing, this may appear to be a substantial step-up in pricing to get onto VeriScan Basic, which is priced at $350 annually. Retaining your business is important to me and our team, so please reach out to your Account Representative so that we can work with you directly to help you find the right plan. We want our long-term customers to be the beneficiaries of all these new enhancements and best-in-class tech, as well as rewarded for sticking with us for so long.
Your Account Representative, or Customer Support Agent, will be reaching out in advance of your next renewal to help you get set up in our Billing Portal, and determine what discounts you may be eligible for. If you are reading this in advance of your renewal, you can reach out proactively and migrate to our central VeriScan platform at any time.
Again – we deeply appreciate our customers, their feedback, great ideas, and enthusiasm for our business over the years. We could not do this without you, and we are excited to roll out the latest and greatest in 2023.
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A Wesley Chapel man tried to fraudulently purchase two Mercedes Benz vehicles Sunday using a fraudulent ID – another person’s Social Security number and driver’s license, according to a Pasco Sheriff’s Office arrest report.
James Brucia, 64, attempted to buy one vehicle for $80,200 and another for $76,750, authorities say.
The arrest report states Brucia filled out an online credit application using a fraudulent ID before going with another man to the Mercedes Benz dealership located at 2383 Willow Oak Drive in Wesley Chapel on Sunday.
Once they got to the dealership, Brucia filled out a second credit application with the same stolen identity, according to court records.
While the two men were still at the dealership, the arrest report states Mercedes Benz employees discovered the application was fraudulent and called law enforcement. When deputies arrived, the two men took off running from the dealership. Deputies eventually caught them, though the report does not state how long the pursuit lasted.
According to court records, Brucia faces a charge of fraud to obtain property of $50,000 or more and a charge of impersonating another person without their consent. He was booked into Pasco County Jail and was being held on $100,000 bail Friday, records show.
Brucia pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday, according to court records.
The other man faces a second-degree charge of accessory after the fact. He was released on bond, according to court records.
Want to learn more about how to catch fraudulent IDs? Our website explains that “IdentiFraud is the most reliable solution on the market today for identity verification and age verification of US Consumers. By submitting consumer-provided information, IdentiFraud provides detailed verification of identity data within a matter of seconds. With IdentiFraud, using data captured from an ID and an ID number (SSN is not required). IdentiFraud makes it possible to be certain you are conducting business with the real ID holder.”
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Symbologies are used to store information in an optical and machine-readable way. They create a unique, but consistent, way to store letters and numbers through a variation of symbols. One common application of symbologies is on IDs and passports, which can be quickly and accurately scanned using a special device. At IDScan.net, we specialize in a few symbologies in particular: PDF417 (used on US drivers’ licenses and state IDs), MRZ TD1, and MRZ TD3 (used on global passports)
There are also QR codes, which are typically used to direct customers to a website or form.
While there are many other types of symbologies and use cases for them, PDF417 and MRZ are the two most relevant to ID scanning, ID authentication, and age verification.
PDF stands for Portable Data File. A PDF417 is a 2D printed symbol with a very high data density, which allows for large amounts of text and data storage in a secure and inexpensive way.
It’s often used for storing information on IDs, such as driver’s licenses and government-issued IDs, as well as airline tickets, shipping labels, and concert tickets. The information can be easily read by most ID scanners, making it a popular choice for items that require quick and accurate data retrieval.
PDF417 is a symbology has data redundancy, which allows scanners to read it with a certain degree of damage. The PDF417 must be printed at a certain size depending on the amount of information being stored in it. While technically a photo file could be stored in this format, it would make the PDF417 too large for proper use on an ID card.
Common Uses For PDF417 Barcodes:
Machine Readable Zones (MRZ)
MRZ stands for machine-readable zone, which means that MRZ symbologies help a reader quickly pick up the information from a piece of identification using a machine reader.
This is a series of letters, numbers, and symbols printed in a specific pattern, typically found on the bottom of passports and visas.
They are 2D codes that retain the same information that you see on the front of the document. To make these codes readable, they must be put in the correct, standardized font as well as the correct type size. The organization ICAO is the governing body which sets the standards for MRZ documents. MRZ typically include things like a country code, the ID number, and the expiration date.
MRZs come in many different formats, but the most common are called TD1 and TD3.
TD1 is used when there is limited space on a document, so it is designed to fit in a smaller area. It uses three lines to encode the same information that TD3 encodes, but in a more condensed format.
Common use cases for MRZ TD1
Passport ID Cards
MRZ TD3, on the other hand, is used when there is more space available on the document. It uses two lines to encode the same information that TD1 encodes, but in a more spread-out format. This makes it easier to read for humans, as the characters are less crowded and easier to distinguish.
Common Uses For MRZ TD3
MRZ codes are used for quickly and accurately reading a few key pieces of information from an ID or passport, such as a person’s name, nationality, and passport number. They help speed up the process of verifying a person’s identity at border crossings and other checkpoints. To read an MRZ symbology you will commonly search for a “passport scanner.“
A QR code is a square two-dimensional barcode made up of smaller squares, rectangles, and dots. QR codes are used to provide a quick and easy way for people to access information or content, such as directing users to a website or a form. They are often used in advertising, business cards, and event tickets, as they allow people to quickly access more information about a product or event.
QR codes are typically not used for identification documentation because they lack data redundancy and security features.
Which symbology can store the most information?
A PDF417 can store much, more more information than an MRZ. Both can store more information than a QR code.
How do I know which symbologies an ID scanner can read?
Almost all commonly available ID scanners will be capable of scanning 2D barcodes (PDF417). If it markets itself as a drivers license scanner, it can undoubtably scan PD417 barcodes.
Passport scanners will have MRZ scanning capabilities.
Many handheld scanners can do both, but often the same laser utilized for quickly scanning the PDF417s will not be able to scan MRZs, and you will have to switch to a camera to scan passports.
What happens after the information is parsed from the symbology?
If you are using a software like VeriScan or WizzForms, the information stored in the symbology will be auto-pulled into your system as text strings which can then be mapped to the appropriate fields.
Is RFID a symbology?
No. Symbologies are, by nature, a visual medium.
Symbologies are useful for storing and retrieving information from IDs and passports. They are accurate, efficient, and secure, making them ideal for industries like airlines, law enforcement, and hospitality. Using a scanner reduces the risk of errors and provides an extra layer of security against tampering, alterations, or forgeries.
https://idscan.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/PDF417.png152350Sierra Sagerhttps://idscan.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IDScan.net-Logo-300x137.pngSierra Sager2023-02-22 12:55:522023-04-12 14:08:43Different Types of Symbologies