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4 Reasons Visitor Management is Essential for Prisons/in Security, Uncategorized /by Brittaney Gillies
Prisons across the globe are using ID scanning to streamline their security and visitor management. In the United States alone, there are over 2.19 million incarcerated adults, so having the ability to easily track who is coming in and out of the facility as well as verify their identity, is essential in securing the grounds, reducing risks to both inmates and staff, and increasing operational efficiencies.
While one might think that the visitor system at a prison is a simple check in, check out, it is much more in depth than that. Upon arrival, prisoners must submit a list of people that they would like to be able to visit them. Once approved by the prison, the visitors are able to visit the inmate, but with many rules in place. For the sake of this article, we are focusing on ID Scanning for the safety of all those involved. Here are our top 4 reasons why ID Scanning and Visitor Management software is an essential tool for prisons.
1. Identity Verification
As mentioned above, the process for visiting a prisoner begins well before the actual in-person visit. Visitors must be pre-approved in order to visit an inmate, but once approved, what happens next? Well upon arrival at the prison, the usual searches will be done to ensure no contraband is brought into the facility. You also have to bring a government-issued ID to show upon arrival. So how does ID Scanning software help in this process? ID Scanning software is a robust piece of technology that serves multiple purposes. Upon arrival at the prison gate, or front desk (depending on where the IDs are checked at the prison you’re visiting), the ID can be scanned to ensure that the person visiting is who they say they are.
Prison security is essential for not only the safety of the staff, but for other inmates. Scanning the ID using the appropriate scanner not only checks for age, since most prisons have age restrictions for visitors unless chaperoned by an adult, but also ID validity. The VeriScan ID Scanning Software works with the appropriate scanner to perform more than 75 algorithmic checks on each ID’s barcode. These algorithmic checks look at size, fields, field order, and field formatting. This helps to ensure that someone is not only the person they say they are, and old enough to be visiting the prison unchaperoned, but also that the ID is real and not fake.
2. Biometric Checks
Another unique, but important feature of VeriScan is the ability to employ Biometric checks into your prison security system. Face matching, when paired with the appropriate equipment is a game-changer, especially for maximum security prisons. Our face matching software starts with the scan of a government-issued ID. The user is then prompted through a series of movements to ensure that the face being detected matches the ID. The AI technology also checks for liveness to ensure the visitor isn’t wearing a mask or attempting to deep fake the system.
Another form of Biometric scanning that is already integrated into VeriScan is livescan fingerprinting. Combining the Kojak fingerprint scanner with our software allows for prisons to take fingerprints of visitors after scanning their ID. These fingerprints can be saved as a .EFT file that can be used for background checks, should the prison need to further verify the person visiting poses no threat to the staff or inmates. Not to mention, these fingerprints are taken digitally, meaning no ink and no mess.
Both of these biometric features can be saved to a unique visitor management profile so that each time the ID of a visitor is scanned, the guards can see all required safety information to ensure the prison stays as secure as possible.
If your prison is unable to capture biometric data due to privacy laws, the use of ID Authentication is the next best thing. The initial process is the same, with the simple scan of an ID. The process after that varies only slightly, but requires the correct scanner to ensure accurate results. In addition to the verification process mentioned above, ID Authentication also uses a series of light checks including UV, IR, and white light. The AI technology then compares and cross references these images to check for all possible security features and inconsistencies between images using known watermark and hologram libraries. This level of ID scanning is the most accurate and catches up to 95% of fake IDs. This added layer of security ensures that both prison inmates and prison staff remain as safe as possible.
4. Visitor Management
One of the most important security measures prisons can use are visitor management systems like VeriScan. The software not only scans IDs, as mentioned above, but it also creates unique visitor profiles for each ID that is scanned. The visitor management system has many unique features that could be essential in improving operational efficiencies at prisons.
One such feature involves unique groups that prison staff can place visitors into. These groups can be customized to say whatever your prison needs, be it Banned, Under 18, Contraband, etc.. Once the ID is scanned, the guard or other staff member can place the individual into the desired group, which will be displayed the next time the ID is scanned. This can also be done retroactively if you find that a visitor caused issues during a visit, or smuggled in contraband. Then, the next time their ID is scanned at the prison, user will be able to see groups the individual was placed in.
The visitor management aspect of VeriScan also has a waiver/agreements section that allows for each user to sign whatever form the prison has uploaded to be signed. This is a beneficial feature because most prisons require forms of some sort to be submitted before visitation is allowed. These signed forms are saved to unique user profiles that will auto-populate upon the ID being scanned.
Third Party Checks
Arguably one of the most important features of the visitor management system prisons can use is the addition of third party checks. At an additional cost, this feature allows the scanned ID to be checked against a variety of databases like the DMV, Sex Offender Registry and Watch Lists, as well as being able to run a background check using the ID. This feature could help prisons ensure they are not allowing anyone that could pose a threat to prisoners or staff to enter the facility.
ID Scanning and Visitor Management can be an extremely beneficial service for prisons to use. Not only can it help keep the prison safe through the use of ID Scanning, background checks, and biometric analysis, but it also creates unique visitor profiles for each scanned ID. The visitor management system helps keep important data organized which can streamline the operational efficiencies of the prison. For more information on how VeriScan can help your prison, be sure to contact a member of our team today!
How to Stay Compliant as a North Carolina Bar/Private Club Owner/in Industry News, Product Announcement /by Alycia
We are pleased to announce that our VeriScan Online Enterprise solution has been authorized by the North Carolina ABC!
Automating ALE Requirements:
IDScan.net’s VeriScan Online Enterprise Subscription automates ABC’s requirements so when the ALE comes for an inspection, you can easily access and provide them with the records they request. VeriScan Online will ensure the following:
- Automate new member registration
- Alphebatized membership roster
- Alphebatized visitor log
- Hobby automation
- Ensure compliance and prevent fines
- Provide efficient operations and positive staff and patron experience
- Group members such as VIP and Banned
- Share alert lists between clubs and other VeriScan Online Enterprise users to receive an alert such as entry of a Banned patron, arrival of VIP, etc.
If you would like to learn more about VeriScan Online, you can sign up for a free 30 day trial here or call 888-430-8936 for a free consultation or demo.
The Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) is responsible for the enforcement of ABC Laws. They are a division of the Department of Public Safety.
As a bar owner in North Carolina, you know the importance of complying with ALE and its unique requirements. Many of you have establishments which the ABC considers to be a private club. The North Carolina ABC rules can make ensuring compliance a time consuming and laborious process.
Some of ABC’s Requirements for North Carolina:
- Membership Roster with all Members Names & Addresses in Alphabetical Order
- Signed Membership Agreement in Alphabetical Order
- Alphebatized Visitor Log
- Member Hobbies
Bar Owners’ Challenges:
You are in a challenging position. You have to ensure that you meet the above requirements while also still focusing on training employees, ensuring your customers receive a positive and timely experience and ensuring that your staff can focus on their actual responsibilities rather than tedious labor.
Currently, many bar owners are keeping paper logs and having employees file them manually and in alphabetical order at least once a week to prepare for a possible ALE visit. While this meets compliance, it is not efficient for operations and wastes precious time that you could dedicate toward enhanced service, marketing efforts, etc.
In an Ideal World, a North Carolina Bar Owner Would Like to be Able to:
Automatically collect & store patron info and classify them as a member or guest
Receive notification of when membership fees are due
Have patron electronically sign membership agreement and store alphabetically for your records
Print out a membership card after automatically collecting patron information
Have an easily accessible and alphebatizable visitor log
NC Adds Remote Driver’s License Renewal/0 Comments/in Industry News /by IDscan.net
Do to an extreme increase in volume, North Carolina has passed a bill that would allow people to renew their driver’s license remotely.
To qualify, a person would need a valid driver’s licenses issued after they turned 18. Additionally, they would be required to have previously renewed their driver’s license in person at the DMV office.
This new bill that was passed on Wednesday and would let people renew licenses without taking a new picture or passing an exam at the DMV. People are free to apply online, by mail, or by telephone. The IDs would be valid for 4 years and reduce the hassle of waiting in line at the DMV.
As ID renewal moves to an online model, ID validation will continue to be pivotal. The ability to scan, verify, and collect customer information will be an important aspect of the success of this campaign.
Are you a DMV or looking for ID scanning software? Check out our enterprise solution options.
Fraud Caught in Biloxi – Fake Checks/0 Comments/in Industry News /by IDscan.net
In Biloxi, Mississippi, police reported that a man tried to cash fake checks using a fake ID.
At the Boomtown Casino in Biloxi, Andrew Clay Sims was caught attempting to cash two fake checks within the same hour. By using a fake ID, he attempted to commit check fraud and cash each check.
Senior Vice President of Gaming Operations at the Hard Rock Casino said the following: “The employees are our best defense against it. We teach them to use their senses to feel and to look. Then we have all the other devices we can check. We have the pens, the lights, things like that, or electronics with anti-counterfeiting detection devices on them.” Although the staff try its best to catch the fake IDs, some fakes still slip through the cracks.
Along with the check fraud at the Boomtown Casino, a local Gulfport bank experienced check fraud as well. Gulfport police arrested a woman, Valerie Marie Halton, on account of uttering forgery. She attempted to deposit a fake check into her account for over $68,000 at Gulf Coast Community Federal Credit Union. When the bank management discovered the check was fake, they contacted police, and a warrant was put out for her arrest.
Does this sound similar? It has been reported by several law enforcement agencies that the fake ID is often the weakest part of check cashing scams. Protect your business by integrating an ID scanner into security system. Visit our solutions page for more information.
New ID Scam to sell iPhones/0 Comments/in Industry News /by IDscan.net
A new ID scam is starting to become popular around the country that involves the use of fake IDs.
In the most recent instance, two perpetrators used fake IDs to open multiple cell phone accounts at Radio Shack. They would upgrade their phone services, buy a new iPhone for about $100, and afterwards add an additional phone line to get a second iPhone. They would then turn around and sell these phones for $500 online.
Police reported that one of the suspects had 13 fake IDs. The entire scam led to $5,400 in fraud.
Our systems are designed to detect fake IDs by reading the PDF417 barcode found on the back of any type of driver’s license, military ID, or other state-issued ID. Our enterprise solutions allow you to quickly integrate ID scanning and fake ID detection into any type of POS, desktop, or software system. Check out the pages for our ID Parsing SDK and Web Services API for th more information.
What other types of ID scams have you seen? Feel free to leave a comment below to chime in.
How Do I Protect my Nightclub from Chargebacks?/1 Comment/in Press Release, Product Announcement /by IDscan.net
You’ve experienced it before. A customer comes to your nightclub, spends a lot of money, and a week later issues a chargeback through their credit card company. This phenomenon is a result of something called “buyer’s remorse”, and it affects thousands of clubs all over the country on a weekly basis.
Chargebacks directly hurt your business’s bottom line and lead to a significant loss on your books. With chargebacks becoming a frequent occurrence in the nightclub industry, how do we protect ourselves from these costly transactions?
Here at IDFalcon, we developed a fully integrated system that helps you keep track of visitors and prove that they were on your premises. We integrated ID scanning, image capture, fingerprinting, and electronic signature into a system that is still easy-to-use, fast and efficient, and most importantly, effective.
Crazy Horse III in Las Vegas found VeriScan Plus and the M-280 scanner to have an immediate impact on their club’s operations. By utilizing it at the VIP section of their club, Crazy Horse III is able to quickly capture all of the customer’s credentials and information to protect themselves from fraud and chargebacks. The system is also fast and efficient, which allowed them to still deliver an extremely high level of customer service and an excellent customer experience.
Many of our customers have championed that the major benefit of VeriScan Plus and the M-280 is the ability to capture three forms of identification in fewer than 5 seconds – customer information (name, age, gender, address, etc.), a picture of the person, and an image of their driver’s license and credit card. We also integrated fingerprinting and electronic signature as an additional level of security to guarantee that customers cannot issue a chargeback.
Chargebacks are costly, but they don’t have to hurt your club. With our new system, chargebacks are a thing of the past. Stop “buyer’s remorse” and start fighting chargebacks.
For more information, please visit the VeriScan Plus and M-280 Product Page.
About IDFalcon: IDFalcon provides ID scanning solutions that read driver’s licenses, military IDs, and other state IDs for access control, automatic data capture, and age verification. They have 10+ years of experience in the ID scanning industry and pioneered ID scanning for mobile apps. Some of their clients include Sapphire Club in Las Vegas, Caesar’s Entertainment, Molson Coors, Hooters, and Borgata Casinos.
Documents to get driver’s license, cost of state ID to change/0 Comments/in Industry News /by IDscan.net
Starting on May 1st, the required documents and cost of obtaining a driver’s license in Hawaii will change. State IDs will cost $32.00 in Kauai County, at the rate of $4 per year, and $40.00 in Honolulu, Maui and Hawaii counties, at the rate of $5 per year. The state ID is good for 8 years, and a duplicate will cost $7 in Kauai County and $6 in Honolulu, Maui and Hawaii counties. Those obtaining a driver’s license will be required to present two forms of proof of principal residence in Hawaii.
To read the full story, please visit the KITV4 website.
Hawaii Driver’s License Discrimination Case/0 Comments/in Industry News /by IDscan.net
A lawsuit filed last year in Hawaii by Faith Action for Community Equity is starting to gain traction. The lawsuit claims that driver’s license exams discriminate against those whose first language isn’t English. This week, the US Department of Justice announced its support of the lawsuit by stating that the exam should be offered in multiple languages. Offering the exam in multiple languages would provide much needed aid to many Hawaii residents who would have better access to employment, education, and healthcare as a result of the change.
To read the full article, click this link from the Washington Times.