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From checking bags to boarding the plane, tech-driven id scanning solutions are transforming the airline industry. But in the rush to create frictionless travel experiences, are some airlines missing the goalpost?
Airports today are in a race to provide a seamless, touch-free passenger experience. Some airports are already employing end-to-end identity verification solutions that simplify the juggernauts surrounding luggage checking, security checks, and boarding the airplane. In Spain, two airports, Valencia (VLC) and Bilbao (BIO), have installed more than 45 automatic border control gates that use facial recognition and automatic document verification. Los Angeles (LAX) announced in January that 100% of their security checkpoints are using touchless ID scanners. The Dubai airport features Smart Gates, which customers can pass through by simply looking at a green light.
Baggage Check Headaches
Spirit Airlines has entered the smart airport fray and is now using ID scanning technology to check luggage. The process is simple. Passengers must opt-in to the automated system. They will be asked to scan a photo ID, and the hardware then uses facial recognition to match the passenger to the ID and that person’s flight reservation. Once the match is successful, the passenger can drop their bags off.
The airline currently processes approximately 2,700 bags a day at busy airports such as LAX, so it’s critical that their identity verification software is up to the task. But experiences at the airline kiosks prove otherwise, with smart kiosks failing to scan IDs effectively, requiring airport personnel to swipe their badges to complete the process.
Why aren’t the ID scanners working? Because there’s more than one way to scan an ID, and choosing the optimal method is paramount.
OCR vs 2D Barcode Scanning
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is a technology that converts an image of text into a machine readable text format. But it has limitations, and was not intended to extract data from a document with small fields and dark type against security features, such as holograms, watermarks, and microprint. Additionally, it was originally intended to be used with a flatbed scanner. While OCR can extract data from a driver’s license or passport, it isn’t optimal. In the best conditions, OCR accuracy levels are within 79% to 89%. For these reasons, the best identity verification solutions don’t rely on OCR alone.
A 2D barcode, on the other hand, uses symbologies–patterns, shapes, and dots–to encrypt information. Symbologies are very useful for important documents, such as driver’s licenses, passports, and boarding passes. Having all of the information in a symbology allows for an extra security measure to ensure that the information on a document is the same as in the data format. They can store up to 4,000 characters or 7,000 digits.
The symbol systems in a 2D barcode can be read with a camera and a scanner. 2D barcode scanning software has a 99% accuracy and scanning rate.
By using OCR software rather than 2D barcode scanning software, Spirit Airlines has derailed their efforts to eliminate a traveler touchpoint.
Denis Petrov, CEO of IDScan.net, a leading developer of AI powered identity verification technology, observed, “The design of the dataflow of the Self Bag Drop kiosk is clearly flawed, because it requires that customers scan the FRONT of the ID versus the BACK of the ID, which is the most reliable way of capturing and verifying customer information via PDF417 2D barcode.”
The ID Scanning Software Solution
“IDScan.net has pioneered dependable and innovative technology that scans both sides of an ID then compares it with the person in front of the kiosk, verifying not just their identity but also other factors, such as age,” Petrov says, “As an extra layer of validation, the technology can also perform third-party checks.” Third-party checks validate details about an individual using services such as DMV data verification, IdentiFraud, criminal background checks and even watch lists.
IDScan.net has created customized ID scanner solutions for more than 6,500 of the world’s most trusted brands across all industries.
The size of the global online gambling and betting industry amounted to 61.5 billion dollars in 2021, and has been forecast to increase by 86% by 2028. At the same time, a total of 16.4% of Internet gamblers were classified as either moderate or problem gamblers. But when the casino is on your phone or in your home, it’s hard to take a break from the action, and it’s easy to lose track of time and money.
However, the onus shouldn’t be only on the player to walk away from the game.
Responsible Online Gaming
Responsible gaming programs are an essential part of business practices in the U.S. gaming industry. As a condition of licensing, states may mandate both land-based and online gaming operators submit for approval a plan for addressing responsible gaming issues.
How are online operators encouraging responsible gaming? They’re offering a set of tools and safeguards built into the gambling software.
Here are five of the most popular responsible gaming tools. And while any one tactic on its own may not be effective, using a combination of these tools can help gamblers keep the amount of time and money spent logged on to online gaming sites reasonable rather than problematic.
- Deposit limits: Setting deposit limits either internally, or having players set them externally, limits the amount of money deposited on a site on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. This tool can be extremely valuable due to the fact that problem gamblers are physically not allowed to spend more than a certain amount of money per set period of time.
- Time limits: Time limits control the amount of time a gambler can spend on a site. Again, this is a useful tool because it forces those with less impulse control to log off after a certain period of time instead of spending more time and money.
- Loss limits: Once a player loses a certain amount of money, they will be logged out of the site and unable to log back on for a predetermined amount of time. This is especially useful for those that like to go double or nothing to win back their lost money. Once they’ve lost a certain amount, they will be forcibly removed from the platform.
- Time outs: Time outs can be set to enforce a certain amount of time away from the tables after a particular threshold has been reached, such as losing a hand. This is a useful tactic for those with a short temper or impulsive nature. By forcing a time out, it allows the player to take a step back, cool off, and assess the situation before proceeding.
- Universal Self-Exclusion Lists: Self-exclusion lists allow a person to request to be excluded from legalized gaming activities. Individuals who enroll in self-exclusion are prohibited from collecting any winnings, recovering any losses, or accepting anything of value from a gambling operator.
Additionally, licensees are discouraged from targeting the self-excluded individual with any marketing messages. Though self-exclusion lists are not legally binding and enforcement is uneven in states that allow online gambling, an operator may expel a player if they are found gambling in violation of the self-exclusion program.
There are remote identity verification solutions available that can help online gaming operators stay in compliance by ensuring that those on self-exclusion lists are barred from gambling on their sites. For more information, contact IDScan.net to discuss a solution tailor made for the gaming industry.
There is nothing stopping you from legally buying a car without a driver’s license, though not having one may complicate the process of getting insurance, registering the car, and obtaining financing. Additionally, certain tasks, which can now be completed online, will have to be taken care of in person.
While unusual, there are several scenarios in which a person without a driver’s license may want to buy a car. These include:
- Buying a vehicle as a gift
- Buying a fleet vehicle for a business
- Buying a vehicle for caregiver use
- Buying a vehicle for a minor with a driver’s license
- Buying a car for a collection
- Bing a car for a driver to operate
One of the biggest hurdles to owning a car without a driver’s license is getting insurance. Typically, insurance companies require a driver’s license number in order for them to check driving history, and most states require that cars are insured. However, insurance companies will accept the driver’s license information of whoever will be the primary driver of the vehicle, and you will be listed on the policy as an excluded driver. Even though you’re paying the premium, its cost will be calculated based on the primary driver.
Registering the car
In order to register your car, you must present a driver’s license and proof of insurance to the DMV. Because you will not be able to do either, you’ll need to share ownership of the car with another person. The driver of the vehicle will be named the titleholder.
Obtaining financing without a driver’s license is difficult, with many dealerships refusing to finance a car without a license. They know that because of registration requirements, you’ll only have partial ownership of the vehicle. While you can apply for a loan from a third party source, they will normally require that you have insurance coverage first. Of course, you’ll need to provide a government ID and income statement. They may also request proof that your driver’s license was not suspended or revoked.
The entire car-buying process favors those with driver’s licenses, so while it is possible and legal to buy a car without a license, there will be obstacles to overcome, such as getting insurance, financing, and registering the car.
Learn about IDScan.net’s ID scanning solutions for the automotive industry.
There are 110 dispensaries across the state of Illinois. In 2021, sales reached $1.38 billion, doubling the total from 2020. With 185 new recreational dispensary licenses recently approved, sales will likely continue to grow.
ID Scanning at Illinois Dispensaries
Illinois is one of three states leading the charge on officially mandating digital scanning for cannabis purchase, after Nevada and New Jersey. Digital scanning removes risk of error, ensures compliance with state laws, stops previously banned patrons from entering the premises, and can track daily maximums. Use of an ID scanner also enhances customer experience by reducing wait times.
The Illinois statute reads as follows:
“A dispensing organization shall use an electronic reader or electronic scanning device to scan a purchaser’s government-issued identification, if applicable, to determine the purchaser’s age and the validity of the identification.”
This statute was part of legislation reaffirmed in 2021.
Additionally, IDs must be scanned to determine purchase limits, which are based on Illinois residency. The purchases limits are as follows:
- The possession limit for Illinois residents is 30 grams of cannabis flower; 5 grams of cannabis concentrate; and no more than 500 milligrams of THC contained in a cannabis-infused product.
- For non-Illinois residents, the limit is 15 grams of cannabis flower; 2.5 grams of cannabis concentrate; and no more than 250 milligrams of the THC contained in a cannabis-infused product.
Use & Storage of PII
The use of information obtained from a driver’s license is regulated in the state. Illinois has one of the most stringent PII retention requirements in the nation and requires that PII immediately be flushed post scan.
Though Illinois requires that PII be deleted after scanning, because the primary function of scanning is fraud detection, information obtained from scanning can be used to approve credit applications, check acceptance, and refunds.
Key Facts To Know
- IDs must be scanned digitally to determine the purchaser’s age and validity of the identification.
- IDs must be scanned to determine purchase limits because limits differ for in-state and out-of-state residents.
- Information parsed from an ID may not be retained unless the individual gives express permission for use.
- Violations of the statute may result in the recovery of damages, plus attorney’s fees and the costs of bringing action.
- Any person convicted of a violation of the above statute will be guilty of a Class 4 felony.
Liabilities & Fines
According to Illinois Law, as long as an ID was scanned and determined to be legitimate, neither the dispensary nor the budtender is legally responsible for underage sales. Instead, the individual who presented the fraudulent ID would be subject to a misdemeanor.
IDScan.net is the only ID scanning solution which can scan IDs to determine age and purchase limits and immediately flush data. VeriScan Online with an M500 for authentication is an ideal solution for Illinois dispensaries.
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There are few things worse than leaving your house without your wallet. With more than 30 states taking steps to implement digital driver’s licenses (mDLs) accessible from your smartphone, the hassle of forgetting your license will soon be a thing of the past. But In order to verify and store your identity digitally, you must have an app on your smartphone.
While some apps are state-sponsored, others rely on Apple iOS’s built-in Wallet app.
Apple Wallet/Apple watch
Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Utah, and New York use Apple Wallet to store their mDLs.
To use the Apple Wallet app, you need an iPhone 8 or newer, and an Apple Watch Series 4 or newer. You must also have the latest iOS versions downloaded for both your phone and your watch, two-factor authentication must be on, and you must be signed in with your Apple ID with your location set.
During the setup process, you will be prompted to follow these steps:
- Scan you physical driver’s license or state ID card
- Take a selfie
- Complete a series of facial and head movements
After you’ve downloaded the app and set up your account, the issuing state will verify the ID. Once the ID has been verified, it will be added to your Apple Wallet.
Several states offer their own apps to store your digital ID.
Arizona, Delaware, Oklahoma, and Mississippi use the same app, mID.
To install mID for these states:
- Download and launch the app from the Apple app store or Google Play.
- Register your phone number.
- Scan your ID.
- Take a selfie.
- Set up security, and you’re good to go!
Louisiana and Colorado have developed their own apps. The process for setting-up your mDL differs depending on the state.
- Louisiana: Download the LA Wallet app from google play or apple.
- Sign in or create an account.
- Select “Add License”
- Enter your license information and select “Add License” again.
- The state auto-populates a photo of the front and back of your driver’s license
- Vaccine cards can also be stored in the LA Wallet app
- Colorado: myColorado is the state of Colorado’s official mobile app. It is currently not compatible with other electronic wallets, including but not limited to Apple, Google, and Samsung.
- Download the myColorado app from the iPhone app store or Google Play Store.
- Create an account and give myColorado access to your camera.
- Scan the back of your Colorado driver license or state ID.
- Create a username and password.
- Enable Touch/Face ID to log in quickly.
- Tap Login and enter your username and password. Allow notifications to stay up-to-date.
- To create your Colorado Digital ID, tap CO Digital ID.
While it’s still too early to leave your physical ID at home, the trend toward mDLs is ramping up, along with all things digital and remote. Preparing for the inevitability of mDLs is critical and includes the ability to scan any state ID, digital or physical. Contact one of our experts to ensure your business is ready for the wave of mobile IDs.