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.

BREAKING NEWS: Ohio Releases New ID Format, New Fields

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]

 

Premier Nightclub Owner Arrested Over ID Destruction

At IDScan.net we strongly recommend that you always check for frauds and fakes when selling alcohol and tobacco, and confiscate those illegally possessed or forged.  Unfortunately for Marc Barnes, owner of premier DC club Park at 14th, local law enforcement officials didn’t approve of what he did post-confiscation.

On Oct. 31, Marc was arrested and spent more than 11 hours in a D.C. jail, charged with misdemeanor second-degree theft and destruction of property for confiscating and destroying an illegally held (albeit valid) ID.

Barnes said that the woman gave her identification the night of the crime to an underage friend who had accompanied her to the club and that the pieces of identification were confiscated because they were being misused.

Regardless, Barnes has been required to check in with court pretrial officers each week to ensure that he is complying with conditions of his release.

Read the full article here.

Source: Washington Post

 

Florida cracks down on human trafficking with new ID scanning policies.

Florida legislators have successfully passed House Bill 989 which should help put an end to human trafficking in Florida’s popular adult entertainment industries.  The bill calls for the immediate implementation of age verification systems in all Florida gentleman’s clubs, the prohibition of minors from working in adult theaters, and the enhancement of punitive laws against those who receive financial gain from the practice of human trafficking.

COAST or Club Owners Against Sex Trafficking has been working extensively with lawmakers and Homeland Security agents over the past few years,  and these new guidelines and policies are the result of collaboration.

If you’d like to read a more in depth summary of the bill, click the link below.

http://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/billsummaries/2014/html/630

REAL ID phase 3 to be implemented. Are you compliant?

In 2004, the 9/11 Commission report found that “For terrorists, travel documents are as important as weapons.”  In response to these findings the REAL ID Act was ratified in 2005 to make driver’s licenses more difficult to forge, in an attempt to secure our boarders.  Met with bipartisan support, the act was ratified quickly.

However, a small group of states including Oklahoma, Arizona, Maine, and Louisiana opposed the bill, considering it “unnecessary federal oversight” and a waste of funds.

Soon residents in non-compliant states will face further ramifications from the REAL ID act as phase 3 restrictions are about to take effect.  Starting in January 2015, cardholders from the aforementioned states will be required to provide secondary forms of photo ID at federal buildings such as courthouses and city council chambers.

Travelers with said IDs may need a second form of Identification to board commercial airlines starting in 2016, unless more secure IDs are created and deployed.

To read more about the REAL ID Act and whether or not it affects you, see the provided link below.

http://www.dhs.gov/real-id-enforcement-brief

Faster and easier driver’s license renewal options

In Iowa, the House Republicans voted unanimously on House File 355 to provide people with easier driver’s license renewal options.  This new law will allow people to renew their driver’s licenses online or electronically.  It also helps save applicants time by no longer requiring an applicant to pass a vision test or submit a vision report when renewing their license online.

To read more, please visit the Iowa House Republicans website: http://www.iowahouserepublicans.com/policy-spotlight-online-drivers-license-renewal