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Improving the Public Transit User Experience

By Heather Morris

July 6, 2016

Many public transit infrastructures around the world are in the midst of big technological upgrades. While some systems, such as the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York City or the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in and around Philadelphia, still rely on plastic magnetic stripe cards (which are well-known for the frustrations they can cause their users) or […]

ID Cards to the Rescue

By Heather Morris

June 30, 2016

The Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) is the largest independent lifeboat service in the U.K., providing inshore rescue boat and land search assistance to Severn Estuary, the upper reaches of the River Severn and the Wye, Bristol Avon, Tewkesbury Avon and Usk rivers. The charitable organization has nine operational boats, nine mobile response units, five […]

The World’s First Smart National Identity Card

By Tim Klabunde

December 17, 2015

Imagine needing to carry only one card in your wallet for a variety of purposes including identification, banking, transportation, medical, insurance services and more. In 1990, in response to a rapidly growing population and the desire to become a more mature, high income, fully developed nation, the government of Malaysia put in place a program […]

The Power of Combining Physical and Digital Security

By Heather Morris

October 23, 2015

With over 40 million fraudulent or stolen passports in circulation globally, it has become increasingly important that government passport programs do all they can to ensure that the travelers crossing their borders are who they say they are. It also is important that those tasked with securing borders have the ability to confidently verify travelers […]

The Leading Edge of Border Security

By Tim Klabunde

March 10, 2015

In an increasingly global market, people everywhere are moving freely across borders and around the globe at a rapid rate. In 2012, the number of people traveling internationally for business and pleasure broke the one billion mark. Another all-time high was set in 2013, and we’re on pace to break that record again. In the […]

High Security ID Documents – Using the QSDC Framework

By Nick Nugent

September 3, 2014

For anyone involved in the production of a high security identification document — whether a driver’s license, national ID, passport or other — the risk of the program is a constant concern. Will the document look good and hold up after years of use? How do we make it affordable? Can we make the document […]

Taking a Holistic Approach for Government ID Card Programs

By Kristin Eckmann

July 14, 2014

Government organizations are always challenged to optimize their secure ID card programs to ensure that they continuously combat daily threats — from protecting identities and proprietary information, to ensuring that the card they produce is a high-quality document that will be consistent in appearance and closely match all other documents issued in the same ID program. […]

Reducing Complexity and Strengthening Trust in a Highly Connected World

By Melissa Prosen

May 20, 2014

The market demand for connectivity is growing tremendously.  From 2011-2016, combined demand for citizen, consumer, and employee secure identification needs are expected to grow 18% annually – which means that we will continue to evolve into an even more highly-connected and complex world. By 2017: 30B devices are expected to be Internet connected, including over […]