Digital Identity Verification

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With the birth of Apple Pay, C-Sam and other digital payment processes, it is no surprise that when it comes to identity validation, digital verification will become the norm. re: ID Magazine explains the implementation of this process and how exactly this technology works.

When we think of identity verification, we might think of a bouncer at a nightclub examining a driver’s, license, possibly scanning it, as well as matching it to the person who hands it to them. Digital verification makes this possible in the digital world but with a much higher level of vetting.

When you try and get access to your banking information, you most likely go through a vetting process called “knowledge-based authentication,” also known as “KBA.” KBA consists of a series of security questions that you must answer in order to gain access. After the 2015 hack into IRS records, it became apparent that KBA was not a secure enough way to verify identity. Now companies are relying on a few different measures to carry out this process. Doc Vaidhyanathan, vice president of management for CA Advanced Authentication states in re ID, “Nobody should rely on a system that says ‘if you know these three or four things, then it’s you.’KBA should just be one layer in verifying an identity.”

One company is doing just that. Verify, a British governmental company, allows citizens to create online identities utlizing a KBA test and linking their documents to this test. A person can take a picture of their document as well as a selfie and send it to Verify. Verify will then use facial recognition technology and a scanner to validate the document and the person’s identity. One of the companies that is pioneering this process in the U.S. is MorphoTrust.  They will be offering Identix which is a product that can be added to existing applications.

It will be interesting to see what other measures companies and governments take to make the identification process easier and more secure. For more information on ID news and updates click here.


 

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

Will Digital Driver’s Licenses Become the New Plastic?

Digital Driver’s Licenses are On the Rise:

In the era of the digital age, driver’s licenses are no exception to the impact technology has on our lives. Rather than toting a plastic card, drivers will be able to pull up their license on their phone. Millions of Americans store credit cards on their phones, so why not their driver’s license?

 

MorphoTrust, the company spearheading this digitization of licenses is forcing states to re-examine their policies so they can accomodate digital driver’s licenses in the future. According to News 6 in Orlando, in 2014 Florida was required to develop a system for issuing driver’s licenses and for “providing criminal penalties for manufacturing or possessing a false digital proof of driver license.”

 

The above statement opens up many other questions: how will the licenses be stored, how will they be validated, will all states accept them, will we still have physical driver’s licenses just in case? Not all of these questions can be answered, but that isn’t to say they aren’t be considered. Florida isn’t the only state that is planning to integrate digital licenses and the necessary measures to utilize them safely and effectively.

 

Jenny Openshaw, the VP of State and Local Sales for MorphoTrust said, drivers will simply download an app which will store their license. She then stated, “You could verify yourself one of several ways either using a pin or possibly using a selfie.” Who knew, selfies were more than just an act of whimsical vanity?

 

In addition to this there are a plethora of security features which the app will have. One is referred to as the “Harry Potter feature.” Openshaw says, “This shows the picture of the driver’s head rotating back and forth to indicate that their is a live connection and that the license is valid.”

 

 

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Next Steps:

Iowa has already started pilot testing and other states are developing laws similar to those Florida is creating. Until this plan is official in all 50 states, I would hold on to your license but be prepared for what is to come sooner rather than later. For more information on digital licenses, click here.

 

To learn more about ID scanning, please click here.

 

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KOAMTAC Releases KDC350F Wi-Fi Bluetooth Barcode Scanner and NFC Reader

IDScan.net is excited  to announce that our manufacturing partner, KOAMTAC, announced yesterday the release of the KDC350F. This product is ideal if you are looking for something that is small, portable and built to last. Please view their press release below:

KOAMTAC bluetooth barcode scanning solutions

KOAMTAC Announces the KDC350F, an IP65 Rated Wi-Fi Bluetooth Barcode Scanner and NFC Reader

KOAMTAC® expands the IP65 rated KDC®350 series and announces the release of the new, KDC350F (Wi-Fi model). The KDC350F is designed for users who require long range, cost efficient, wireless barcode scanning solutions in a wide variety of applications, including warehouse management, factory automation, retail and healthcare.

Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) July 21, 2015

KOAMTAC®, Inc. today announced the release of the KDC®350F, an IP65 rated Wi-Fi Bluetooth barcode scanner and Near Field Communication (NFC) reader. Encompassing the same superior quality of the KDC350 series, it is one of the most unique and rugged products KOAMTAC has to offer.

The KDC350F enables the user to connect to a private local area network (LAN) and transmit data in real time. The combination of Wi-Fi capability and real time data collection make it ideal for various applications, including warehouse management, factory automation, retail and healthcare. With a Wi-Fi connection, users are no longer restricted to a specific location, enabling them to transmit data seamlessly and directly to the server without requiring a host device.

“Customers will no longer have to use a heavy industrial scanner or industrial PDT for simple data entry or retrieval work in factory, warehouse, store floor and hospital environments. The KDC350F will provide true mobility to workers at an affordable price range,” stated Dr. Hanjin Lee, President and CEO of KOAMTAC, Inc.

The KDC350F is available in 1D laser and 2D imager models, with additional NFC options. Also available is a 1-slot and 4-slot cradle solution that conveniently charges multiple KDC350 scanners simultaneously, built for any environment.

Media Contact:
Erika Arcieri, Marketing Manager
Marketing(at)koamtac(dot)com
+1.609.256.4700

About KOAMTAC, Inc.
KOAMTAC, Inc. headquarters is based in Princeton, New Jersey and produces a signature line of lightweight, ergonomically friendly Bluetooth barcode scanners. KOAMTAC is also dedicated to environmental conservation, while maintaining the quality expectations of its consumers. With its unique patented design, all KOAMTAC products reduce the carbon footprint for the industry and provide consumers with a durable and enhanced solution.

All products are universally compatible across current technology platforms, and offer seamless use with iPhone®/iPod touch®/iPad®, Android®, Blackberry®, Mac® and Windows®-based devices. The KDC20, KDC30, KDC100, KDC200, KDC250, KDC300 and KDC350 are the world’s smallest and lightest programmable barcode data and card readers with a display on the market today. The KDC400 series consists of patent-protected modular accessories for single-handed utility.
The KDC500 is an EMV/MSR/Barcode/NFC Mobile POS Companion.

For additional information or to place an order, visit koamtac.com.

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IDScan.net Releases the Most Affordable and Robust Solution in ID Scanning

IDScan.net has just released the IDWare FC75, granting access to some of the most cost effective and reliable ID scanning technology to businesses in North America.

IDScan.net, the leader in ID Scanning software solutions, announced today its release of the IDWare FC75.Utilizing laser technology, the IDWare FC75 scans IDs and autopopulates their data into any Windows-based forms in just one second, allowing buyers to add more efficiency to their businesses. At just $399 per solution, IDScan.net has made ID scanning an accessible solution.

IDScan.net’s CEO, Denis Petrov, states, “The IDWare FC75 is the champion of automatic data capture in terms of price point and quality.” According to KPMG’s recent survey “Going Beyond the Data,” 96% of people feel there are “untapped benefits,” from automatic data capture. “For many businesses who haven’t integrated ID scanning technology, the barrier of entry was price point. However, with the release of the IDWare FC75, this is no longer a factor because of the affordability of this new robust solution,” says Petrov.    

The IDWare FC75 has no moving parts which makes it extremely durable and will provide a long life span. It is a universal solution for businesses that capture customer or visitor information into existing applications (CRM, ERP, Quickbooks, MS Excel, POS, PMS, etc) and works in a remote desktop environment as well, saving people time and adding efficiency to company operations. The IDWare FC75 is easy to use and set up; no developer skills are required. For more information on the IDWare FC75, please go tohttp://store.idscan.net/IDWare-FC75-ID-Scanner-with-WizzForms-_p_183.html.

About IDscan.net
IDscan.net is the industry leader in ID scanning technology and development of ID scanning software solutions for many of the top companies in the US and Canada. IDscan.net provides a full spectrum of solutions for fraud prevention, access control, automatic data capture, age verification and visitor management. Its innovative history includes being first to market with their iOS and mobile solutions for scanning ID’s. Products offered include a full suite of mobile, tablet, and desktop solutions that are used in a variety of industries, including casinos, hospitality, retail, financial, grocery, marketing, automotive, security, technology, government and law enforcement sectors. For more news and information on IDscan.net, please visit
https://idscan.net.

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The Pocket Singularity: the Emergence of a Phone-ID Union

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.

Visitor Management Solution

IDScan.net Provides Oil Refinery Giant with Visitor Management Solution

IDScan.net recently provided an oil refinery giant with new visitor management solution to facilitate their automated entry process.  The solution is kiosk-based and requires no supervisor or manual oversight.  Everything from entry request to database checking to badge printing is automated.

The refinery deployed this solution to six entry points at their facility, so that they are secure from all access points and may track exactly where on the premises each visitor is.

Visitor Management Systems Pipeline:

The VeriScan Online Visitor Management Systems module is a multifaceted solution covering each step of the visitor management process:

The first step in the VMS pipeline is the access request form.  By utilizing this access queue you take the first step to fully automating your security solution.    Prospective visitors are provided with a link to a customizable request form.  Upon completion, this form is sent to a processing queue to be reviewed.  If your business is qualified for government database checks they are performed at this point.

The second step of the VMS pipeline occurs upon the visitor’s access request clearing the database checks and a visitation has been scheduled.  Upon arrival at your location, the visitor will scan his ID.  This can be done with a myriad of devices, however we suggest either an Infinea Tab Scanner for iPad, or the Honeywell Captuvo models for iPhone and iPad.  Upon scan, the software will display demographic information such as name, age, address, gender, date of birth, as well as the ID’s expiration date, indicating its validity.   After clearing this second round of security, the guest moves forward in the pipeline.

The third step is to print the guest a visitor’s badge.  This badge is customizable and can include a picture of the guest and all relevant information, include an expiration date and time.  Small thermal printers are recommended for this process, as they are inexpensive and easily deployable.  Upon providing the visitor with an expiring badge they become authorized.

The forth step to the VMS process is record keeping.  All logged IDs can be found at the VeriScan Online dashboard at www.veriscanonline.com.  From there, security managers can generate reports, create custom groups to further categorize your visitors by interest or purpose (e.g. investor, maintenance, contractor, etc) and monitor other visitors in real-time.

Using a sophisticated, modern, visitor management solution will save your company labor costs and time spent processing would-be clients and customers.  It will also provide you and your business the peace of mind knowing that your solution covers against all risks, and certifies that your guest and your business is protected in the event of an emergency.

REAL ID Chart

Nevada Supporting Two ID Types, One REAL

In the latest news involving the enactment of the REAL ID act, drivers in Nevada are having difficulty using certain IDs for activities like entering a courthouse or receiving access to Federal property, and for some, such as lawyers, this is problematic.

The issue involves Nevada’s choice to adopt the REAL ID but maintain its old program as well.  REAL IDs are becoming the standard for most federally legitimate identification processes.  Their increased security features were preventative measures taken in a post-9/11 political environment.  Use the useful chart above to check whether or not your ID is REAL or, well, you know, not REAL.

For more please refer to the article in full.

 

 

KOAMTAC releases KDC500 Chip and Pin Scanner

“KOAMTAC has built a complete Bluetooth barcode data companion portfolio over the last 10 years, and continues to provide the most compact, power efficient devices on the market,” stated Dr. Hanjin Lee, President and CEO of KOAMTAC. KOAMTAC’s new device, the KDC500, is the latest in the long-standing line of pocket sized bluetooth barcode scanners.

The bluetooth barcode scanner is no longer a rarity in the ever evolving POS, inventory managment, and id scanning industries.   The device’s 1D laser is compatible with most product barcodes while its 2D imager is compatible with all state and federal ID formats, including military IDs.    What separates the KDC500 is its inclusion of advanced payment processing methods as well as its size and long battery life.  “The KDC500 is 50% smaller and lighter than its competitors, but with its ultra-efficient power management technique it enables a long lasting operation; up to a few weeks on a single charge.”

The KDC500 bluetooth barcode scanner is intended to bridge the gap to the Chip and Pin market in America by providing an easy to use lightweight and ergonomic Chip and Pin scanner with a multi-case form factor that should appeal to most large-scale retailers and warehouses.

For more info and technical specifications please see the press release which can be found in its entirety here.

 

Undocumented Immigrants to Receive California, Connecticut Driver’s Licenses

Undocumented immigrants living in the states will soon be able to obtain a driver’s license under a new program designed to teach the rules of the road to people who likely have been behind the wheel for years anyway.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is expecting thousands of immigrants to begin taking the steps needed to obtain a new state-issued driver’s license or learning permit.

The program, approved by  California and Connecticut legislatures in 2013, officially begins Jan. 2 and could affect tens of thousands of drivers who cannot establish their legal presence in the U.S. or may not have a Social Security number.  Eight states already offer such licenses, according to the DMV. The number will grow to 10 when Connecticut and California begin issuing them in January.

Connecticut officials have been preparing nearly two years for the new program by upgrading outdated Spanish versions of the written test and driver’s manual and creating new tests in French, Polish, Portuguese and Italian. There are also plans to develop a test in Mandarin Chinese. The DMV has also been meeting with immigrant advocacy groups to train them in how to help their clients study the driver’s manual and learn where to take the required eight-hour, safe driving practices course.

“Our goal is to make this work as easily as possible for our undocumented residents who may have been waiting a long time to obtain this credential, which can open many doors for them,” said DMV spokesman William Seymour.

The license will be stamped with the words “not for federal identification.” If immigrants pass the test, there’s a three-month practice driving time before the road test is administered, Seymour said.Some immigrant advocacy groups estimate that as many as 200,000 eligible immigrants live in Connecticut without legal permission, Seymour said.

Participants must bring two forms of identification when they apply for a Drive Only License and two pieces of mail from different sources to prove they’re living in Connecticut.

This news has massive relevance for any industry engaged in the scanning of IDs.  Prior to this decision, citizenship  was often categorized through the possession of a driver’s license.   With this legislation, the ID loses its functionality as proof of residence, but expands its functional coverage to a huge new demographic.  At IDscan.net we will be sure to update you on any advancements in this breaking news and keep you informed throughout.