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Licence Check launches driving licence card reader

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Licence Check is launching a new driving licence and ID Card Data Reader, designed to read card data and reduce licence checking times.

The new Davis Card Data Reader (CDR), available as part of the Davis suite of solutions, can scan a GB, EU or international licence or ID card in seconds, reading both sides simultaneously, to check security features and verify the authenticity of the licence. The reader connects to the davis platform to manage the consent process and links to the DVLA driving licence checking service for GB drivers.  This forms a seamless process to check driving licence validity and entitlement.

Drivers simply drop their photo card into the compact, sturdy desktop unit and in just a few seconds the card is read.  The photo image can be captured from the card and (optionally) a webcam can then capture an image of the driver for comparison with the driving licence image. GB licence holders can then provide consent using a paper mandate document, or use the paperless e-consent procedure to formally consent to a DVLA driving licence check.

Richard Brown, managing director of Licence Check said: “We have launched this new Davis authentication card reader to speed up the processing of data capture but also to identify and stamp out forged documents. This handy tool is quick and easy to use and allows data to be transferred to create the driver consent process for licence checks to be made in seconds. Using the new card reader means companies will have access to the authenticated security features built in to the fabric of the card and check that the owner is qualified to drive and holds the correct entitlement using our services.

“The Davis CDR will be particularly useful for larger fleets with a large turnover of new drivers, where employee data needs to be checked and recorded, as part of a closed process to overcome paper-based mandate collection issues. It improves processing time for fleets doing checks in bulk, or rental companies with high demand for vehicles.  Furthermore, it can provide real time driving licence checks for GB drivers against the DVLA driver record.

“Driving licence checks are crucial, not only to ensure that unauthorised drivers are kept off the roads, but also to prevent counterfeit licences being used to fraudulently secure access vehicles, such as rental, loan or test vehicles.  Davis CDR provides an additional level of consistent and repeatable security checking.” 

The CDR can also be used as a stand-alone product to populate an external database with driver data, or can upload the card information into the davis or Licence Check portal for future checks. 

The CDR also provides support for international ID cards and is capable of checking over 2000 different UK, EU & international licences with minimal training. 

For those running fleets of lorries, coaches or buses, The CDR reader can also read and capture information from Driver Qualification Cards (DQC) and Digital Tacho Cards and uploads this data to the Davis platform, to form part of a comprehensive vocational driver record.

The reader will be formally launched at Fleet Management Live on Wednesday. Fleets can register for a free ticket at www.fleetmanagementlive.co.uk.

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  • Allan - 17/10/2016 23:47

    This is not a solution to licence checks and will only slow the process down in all areas of any business. It is simply a card reader that scans and uploads the scan. It may verify the plastic card is valid, but is not doing any checks with the licence or the CPC card, only collecting data from the scan. Foreign licence checks are critical, you need to check at source or with a third party company. You are putting in more layers Mr Brown for companies to do more work and this is not checking licences, it would the same as shops using note scanners to check for fakes. Driver still needs to formally consent by signing a bit of DVLA paper or doing e consent. If I was a transport manager with a fleet of 500 drivers, I would own the card reader. You would then have to invite every driver in, off the road to input their card for it to be uploaded. I am as quick as I am just now just asking them to sign a mandate form, its a lot quicker and I can check the licence as often as required without having to use a card reader. Its a marketing gimmick and is a waste of time, Licence Check are adding some spin to this to make it sound like a new speedy solution, but its not any better than what is there just now. Rental companies still need the Share My Licence code and will not rely on a card reader authenticating the card and adding another webcam to their systems, just adding more work, its not a COSTCO membership. Plenty of third party companies out there doing a speedier and more efficient job than another gimmick. My advice is get the mandate form signed and for three years you have unlimited access to do checks and don't bother with adding in more hardware and software plus webcams on counters!

    • Richard Brown - 18/11/2016 13:57

      Allan, please allow me to assure you this process speeds up the process of gaining consent for companies therefore, you must be misinformed on how our service works and operates. The card reader aids the creation of a consent form for those driver type that are not able to use e-consent solutions in addition to validating the authenticity of a issued ID1 card such as a Licence Photocard, CPC Cards & Tachocard. All licence checks conducted by Licence Check Ltd follow a controlled process, therefore, driver data results from a card scan aid the consent process and submission of licence result. Our focus is to create secure and robust technologies to reduce administration and process by driving fleet software solutions forward.

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