ID Scanners are a great solution for any industry that serves liquor or tobacco products and possess a minimum age requirement for entry and/or sale of tobacco products or alcohol beverages. Since there are numerous types of id scanners, you need to take several factors into consideration prior to purchasing one id scanner or many id scanners. Buying an id scanner for age verification is not that complicated, however buying the wrong id scanner that does not perform well or for the wrong reasons can become a frustrating experience.
When buying an age verification (id scanner) product, there are numerous steps to consider to determine which scanner is right for your establishment. Searching, Comparing and Purchasing. By completing these basic steps will ensure you are buying the right id scanner for your business. When looking for ID scanners you need to follow a few basic steps:
(1) Searching - First you need to start a collection of relevant information and documentation regarding the various type of id scanners on the market. What kind of id scanners are available, id scan technical specifications, the id card scanning software capabilities, the id card reader scanner prices, id barcode scanner features and id scanning speed capabilities.
(2) Comparing - after learning about all the relevant id scanners for your id application needs, you need to summarize and compare at least two or three models of id scanners and decide which id scanner is the best for your age verification application.
(3) Purchasing - you need to carefully examine the company behind the products of your choice. For example, how long have they been in the id scanner business. Is the id scanner technical support easy to reach? Does the id scanning company display their telephone number and/or company office address? Or is all the id scanner technical support done via email? Are there software updates available for the id scanners? What are all the features available for their line of id scanners? What is the company's buying and shipping policy?
ID Scanners - Choosing the Right ID Scanner
One of the most common mistakes people make when buying a full size wall mountable id scanner or portable ID scanner or handheld scanner is not to fully understand the id scanner capabilities. For example - does the id scanner take a picture of the entrant? how fast does the id scanner scan driver's licenses? Id scan speed is an important issue to your staff members. If you have a multi entry establishment can one scanner communicate with another scanner wirelessly to determine if the patron is using the same drivers license at several door entry's. Does the id scanner provide wristband entry capability? Does the id scanner provide VIP ID Cards? Can the id scanner take it one step further and create a mailing list of patrons for future communication via email or snail mail? Is the id scanner a total solution for any patron age verification establishment? Does the id scanner create a database of reoccurring entry by patrons? The more versatile your id scanner is, the more money and aggravation it will save you now and well in to the future.
Another important factor that many club owners, liquor store owners or any age verification establishment doesn't realize is, your id scanner policy and procedures is a deterrent for any patrons desire for confrontation. Each patron knows, that the establishment has their true identity and if a confrontation does arise that requires the presence of law enforcement, your establishment has the full identity of any and all patrons involved in any incident. So not only is your id scanner protecting your liquor license from revocation by the state, it's also protecting your establishment from patron confrontation or possibly all out brawls. It's actually amazing to enter a establishment that does not possess any id scanner and an establishment that has a full id scanning system in place. There is actually a difference in clientele or patron behavior. This is more evident in clubs or establishments that sell alcohol beverages.
It's Not All About Price
The first thing people check before buying an id scanner is the price. However, purchasing the cheapest id scanner could prove to be a mistake as well as a headache for you and your staff members. You want an id scanner that's easy to use, reliable and can stop the use of fake id's. If it can take a picture that would be great for id verification and patron effect! If it can even create a usable mailing list that would be a bonus.
Key factors to look for in any id scanning device or id scan system, would be to protect your business as well as increase your business with respectable, considerate and non confrontational patrons. After all, when you enter an establishment that takes your picture as it verifies your id, you kind of think twice about using any type of fake id or causing any type of confrontation.
ID Scanners are not about invasion of privacy,
Age Verification is about adhering to the law and public safety.
IDetect Corporation has a complete line of id scanners, id scanning products and identification scanner peripherals. Please browse our on-line store and feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We've been in the id scanner business a long time and have a complete line of the latest technology in id scanning products.