Why ID card verification scanner manufacturers must update their software/firmware to support the Ontario Photo Card
July 10, 2012
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It seems that I really can’t get enough “craze” about the Ontario Photo Card for non-drivers, eh? Anyways, I had some thought on this particular posting and that involves – the manufacturers who supply photo ID scanners to verify age, determine if the card is real or fake and so forth.
If you ever been to a casino or at a bar or beer tent – you may often see a few workers/security guards utilise a special tool to verify ID cards (and passports too) to determine if the document is considered legal or a fake (forgery).
Here’s what an ID scanner looks like – in action:
While I have seen a little “evidence” (so to speak) about the Ontario Photo Card being fake (despite being government-issued) and refused by many people, I find it unacceptable for many businesses for not being aware about the Ontario Photo Card for non-drivers. As I had stressed in my previous postings – many businesses DO have the right to refuse service, but they DO NOT have the right to accept the Ontario Photo Card for non-drivers.\
If you happen to read the document dubbed “Legal Drinking Age and Photo ID” from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, it should say that the Ontario Photo Card is considered to be one of the acceptable forms of legal ID – but still many businesses out there who serve alcohol are simply – “not getting the picture”.
My advice for ID scanner verification manufacturers – please provide a software/firmware update to support the Ontario Photo Card. In addition to that – this is my strong message to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario – please provide better training and education for potential people who plan to serve alcohol at the establishment. The stronger and harder we spread the awareness, the better everyone has equitable access to society (whether if they have a disability or not). That’s my two cents.
Like I said in one of my previous postings – getting to know the Ontario Photo Card is like learning a whole new language. So far, I have got some great success on using my Ontario Photo Card for non-drivers. I’ll test it out some more, when the Warped Tour comes to Toronto down at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre this Sunday, July 15th, 2012.
I’ll share some experiences with you, once I visited the Warped Tour.