Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Illinois driver's licenses still valid for air travel

Sample photo of 2018 Illinois Driver's license

Oct. 10, 2018 is the original date for Illinois' compliance with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requirements for Real ID, but Illinois has been granted an extension to June 1, 2019. Once Illinois is determined to be in compliance, the deadline for actually having a Real ID card moves to October 2020. Real ID cards are expected to be available in Illinois starting in Spring 2019.

Not everyone will need a Real ID card. The most common need for Real ID cards is air travel; you will need a Real ID to board a plane. Real ID cards will also be required to visit a military base or a secure Federal facility. 

Illinois has begun compliance with DHS Real ID requirements by moving to a centralized driver’s license (DL) application process. When someone applies for a new DL, they receive a temporary paper DL/ID valid for 90 days. For air travel, they also get their current DL back with a hole punch in it. After fraud checks, an enhanced DL/ID with additional visible and embedded security features is returned via US mail within 15 business days.

To apply for a Real IL, proof of identity is required. Applicants will need multiple forms of identity including a birth certificate or passport, proof of a Social Security Number, and two documents that prove current residency.

Thirty-six states and Puerto Rico are currently compliant. To see a map of Real ID State compliance status, visit:

For more information about the Real ID program, visit the Department of Homeland Security FAQ page here:

State says Illinois driver’s licenses still valid for boarding planes

By Doug Finke, State Capitol Bureau, Sept. 12, 2018, The State Journal Register, online

(IL) Driver's License/State ID Card Central Issuance 

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Spotlight on a Favorite Customer

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Customer Spotlight:

O.S. Owen is one of our favorite customers helping to make a difference for young children in Chicago Public Schools. O.S. is the Chicago Volunteer Recruitment Specialist for the AARP Foundation Experience Corps in Chicago. 

AARP Foundation EC is an intergenerational volunteer-based program that has senior citizens mentoring/tutoring kids in economically disadvantaged areas of the city. The program is proven to help children reading below grade level to become great readers by the end of third grade. 

O.S. personally escorts ALL his applicants to our Loop office and is “the nicest man ever”! O.S. can be reached at

Friday, September 21, 2018

New touch-free tool for fingerprinting newborns

Photo of an infant fingerprinting tool
Photo: UC San Diego Health

A new contactless fingerprinting tool developed by researchers at the University of California at San Diego improves identification and access to health care and security. The tool, called ION, was designed with a new approach. Instead of scaling a device for adults down to infants, the ION was designed from the ground up — for infants, but also usable for adults in a “human centered design”.

The ION is fast and accurate. It was designed to accommodate the size, movement and behavior of an infant. Current testing finds identification accuracy at 90% on the first day, improving to 99% or better as early as the second day after birth. 

The research team believes the ION fingerprinting tool will provide benefits on a global scale:
  • to reduce the burden of disease by enabling timely vaccinations, helping to prevent the outbreak of infectious diseases
  • to secure identity at birth, helping to prevent identity fraud with children
  • to assist refugees displaced by war or natural disaster, helping to provide accurate reporting to enable deliveries of food, aid and care
  • to help in the prevention of human trafficking

The ION is currently in trial at UC San Diego and with collaboration partners in Mexico. The next step is to expand testing to Africa and South Asia. Planned enhancements include the measurement of health biometrics: temperature, pulse, breathing and oxygen.

The ION is not currently available commercially but is expected to be ready for market in the next 12 months. Initial funding for the project was from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Researchers Develop Biometric Tool for Newborn Fingerprinting
New non-touch technology rapidly identifies infants and children

Published by Jackie Carr, Sept, 12, 2018 on the UC San Diego Health | Newsroom

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Friday, September 14, 2018

New driverless Smart Bus with AI and biometric palm recognition

Photo of the Smart Panda Bus
Photo: Geospatial World

Deep Blue Technology, a Shanghai innovator in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) industry, has launched the "Smart Panda Bus", a self-driving bus with palm recognition technology and an AI assistant designed to respond to passenger queries. The electric engine powered bus is an environmentally friendly solution to moving commuters in the congested traffic of China’s urban areas. Buses are a smart economic solution compared to the large scale planning and construction cost of building or expanding subway systems.

While not specified in the DeepBlue Technology press release, the biometric palm recognition is likely used for identification to authenticate payments. It is also not stated whether print or vein recognition is being used. 

“Using patented key technologies such as deep learning, machine vision, biometrics and advanced payment solutions, [DeepBlue] has been able to develop new breakthrough technologies in diverse fields such as smart cities, self-driving, biological intelligence, AI chips, smart robots, retail, phonetics and semantics, security and education/national defence industry”

DeepBlue Technology has sold Smart Panda Buses to more than 200 cities across China and 500 cities around the world.

DeepBlue Technology Launches Autonomous "Smart Panda Bus" to Bring Bus Rapid Transit to the Next Level 

Published Sept. 3, 2018 on PR Newswire, news provided by DeepBlue Technology

Biometrics and AI Power Self-Driving Smart Bus

Published on Sept. 5, 2018, on

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Tim Daniels is new President of Accurate Biometrics

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Peggy Critchfield passes the presidential gavel to Tim Daniels

Accurate Biometrics is proud to announce Timothy Daniels as President of Accurate Biometrics. Tim has been an integral part of the Accurate Biometrics Team for nearly 12 years, most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Tim earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business. Tim has been recognized most recently with the prestigious award of “Four Under Forty” from the Kelley School of Business. His passion, dedication and strategic vision make Tim the right choice for this new role. Past president Peggy Critchfield moves to Chairman and CEO to focus on long-term planning and strategic initiatives. Please join us in congratulating Tim in his new role. 

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Kids only ride share company – fingerprint background checks required

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Photo: HopSkipJump

Three busy working moms with eight kids enrolled in activities at five different school have created a ride share company only serving children. HopSkipDrive is now 4 years old, operating in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, the Bay Area and Denver. They have completed over 450,000 passenger rides so far.

Safety is paramount for the children. The company has multi-faceted approach to safety, hiring experienced drivers with 5 years of caregiver experience, and requiring detailed fingerprint-based background checks. An in-house team monitors rides as they are happening. The company’s smart phone app provides parents progress reports every step of the way, from ride confirmation and driver photo, to pick up and drop off updates, to following the ride in real time.

Parents able to book HopSkipDrive rides the next day, the next week, or even for the entire school year. Private rides start at $16, but parents are allowed to create car pool groups to reduce the costs to as little as $7 per child. The alternative of hiring a babysitter that will provide transportation is equally expensive, and it can be difficult to find someone to commit to the — possibly irregular, possibly changing — times needed.

“As working moms, we were dying,” says HopSkipJump’s co-founder and CEO Joanna McFarland. But they knew that many families like them were also scrambling to arrange school and activity transportation with hectic work schedules. The company she has created with fellow moms Carolyn Yashari Becher and Janelle McGlothlin has raised over $22 million in financing to date. But the moms are perhaps most proud of their perfect safety track record.

Would you let a stranger drive your kids to school? This rideshare service caters to children

By Jennifer Van Grove, 8/27/18, Contact Reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Airport entry facial scan catches imposter in first 3 days

Photo of airport facial scan, ID smuggled in shoe
Photos: Washington Dulles Airport, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

A man arriving at Dulles Airport in Washington, DC from San Paulo, Brazil with a French passport was discovered to be an imposter by the facial recognition identity verification system that was just put into use 3 days earlier. The man in question was then pulled aside for a secondary search, where an ID from the Republic of Congo was found in his shoe. The Republic of Congo ID was a match to the detainee.

Dulles Airport first tested a facial recognition system for identity authentication back in 2015, but it was not until August 20th that a fully working system was finally in place. Dulles is one of the first 14 airports to implement biometric entry and exit using facial recognition. 

According to Casey Durst, director of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), “Terrorists and criminals continually look for creative methods to enter the U.S. including using stolen genuine documents. The new facial recognition technology virtually eliminates the ability for someone to use a genuine document that was issued to someone else."

The facial recognition software checks the scan of the traveler against photos on Visas and other documents. The CBP’s privacy policy states that the CBP doesn’t permanently retain biographic scan data used for the screening process. Facial scan data from U.S. citizens is deleted within 12 hours of verification. Non-U.S. citizen data is held for up to 14 days.

US airports' new facial recognition tech spots first imposter

By Mariella Moon, Aug. 24, 2018, for | Security

Facial Recognition Technology Catches Imposter at Airport, Officials Say

By Glenn Fleishman, Aug. 23, 2018, for

CBP at Washington Dulles International Airport intercepted an imposter using new cutting-edge Facial Comparison Biometrics technology

Released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Aug, 23, 2018

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