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Mobile IDs such as mobile driver’s licenses will deliver new benefits to states and citizens

A world without physical card-based identification may still be years away, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early for innovation in the mobile ID space, including significant adoption for key use cases and applications. Whether it is building on visual or optical security features, or empowering new business models and personalized user experiences based around identity as a service and electronic verification, mobile IDs hold the key to smart digital transformation and reduced friction for users while enabling additional privacy enhancing applications.

Flashback Friday: Married to the mag

The decision of whether a university should upgrade its card technology remains one of the most popular discussions in the campus card space to this day. At CR80News, it's easily been one of the most covered topics over the years, and in our 2012 coverage "Married to the mag" we tried to better understand why campuses were so reticent to make the switch.

Flaskback Friday: Mag stripes on the modern campus

The number of universities adopting advanced card technologies is growing at a rapid rate, and for good reason. Yet campuses still issue mag stripe cards. In our coverage from 2014 ColorID’s corporate marketing manager, Mark Degan, offered his insights into the world of the mag stripe, detailing how and why the old guard of ID card technologies is still being used on campus decades after its invention.

Flashback Friday: The hosted vs. on-premise debate

When it comes to campus card systems, universities tend to have their own unique demands as they look to serve their different populations. For Flashback Friday, we look at s university's choice of how best to deploy servers for a campus card system and why it's anything but one-size-fits-all decision.

Choosing the right card office camera

As technology becomes more sophisticated, it’s crucial that card offices keep up with the current technological trends. Cameras are no exception. When purchasing a camera for the card office, there are more factors to consider than just the camera’s price alone.
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Holograms for secure authentication still among top document security features

Holograms, the decades-old technology, is holding its own even as secure authentication relies more on biometrics and digital methods of ID. In spite of the newer tech, holograms are appearing on more passports and appear poised to command a place in the emerging mobile ID world.
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Level 1 document security features key to fighting counterfeit cards

Embedded card security features – or document security features – are classified into three levels based on how they are read in the field. Level 1 are overt features that can be read by the naked eye, while Level 2, Covert features require basic tools and Level 3, Forensic features can only be seen in a lab setting using sophisticated equipment. While all levels can play a role in total document security, Level 1 has emerged as the essential features as they can be verified readily with only minor training.

TBT: Contactless smart cards 101

In honor of Throwback Thursday, we're turning the clock back to 2011 to a story that details the need-to-know basics of contactless smart card technology.
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UV printing adds covert security features to passports and cards

Ultra-violet (UV) inks let passport and card issuers embed strong security features into the identity document itself. UV printing is considered a Level 2 – or covert security feature -- because the images are not visible to the naked eye. A new embedded security feature from ITW enables layering of multiple UV images to deter counterfeiting of passports, ID cards and ...
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The ‘411’ on polycarbonate ID cards

For centuries, paper was the material of choice when it came to producing identity documents. From the 1970s onwards, plastic has gradually taken the place of paper for documentation purposes. But just like we are tackling cyber-fraud, people’s physical ID documents are still the primary form of identification and are one of the weakest links in identity chain. Polycarbonate, a new stronger material, is gradually gaining traction and could represent the next-generation in secure ID documents. But is physical ID document security taking a backseat to cybersecurity?
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