A new system developed by Intellicheck Mobilisa, a company located in Port Townsend, WA, gives users access to multiple government databases around the country in order to validate a person’s ID at almost any location. The system consists of a reader that can decode both bar codes and magnetic stripes and send the data to the company’s servers, which checks it against different databases depending on the information required. For example, “[a] retail outlet might have access to credit records as well as drivers’ license data, or a car rental agency could see if a license is valid.”
What’s the Big Idea?
Often, data about an individual is spread out across many databases, but sometimes the details don’t match up, which makes it that much more difficult for airports and banks, for example, to verify a person’s identity. Intellicheck’s system is like a background check done in real time, in which records are checked against each other to eliminate false positives. The reader can also confirm whether an ID is real or fake, which is easier now that US driver’s licenses are designed to a near-uniform standard.
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