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University of Wisconsin faculty ID cards get new security features

By |March 17th, 2008|

Students, faculty and staff at universities nationwide have been making the switch from social security numbers to 9 digit ID numbers for several years – now it’s time for UW-Madison to trade in their cards. Some 9,000 professors, instructors and other university faculty will be turning in their old ID cards in exchange for a new one that features a 9 digit identifying ID number instead of the traditional social security number.

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ID Card scandal a major blow for airport security

By |March 14th, 2008|

In a shocking blow for Chicago O’Hare’s reputation, federal and local law enforcement officials arrested 24 illegal workers they suspect were using fake security badges to work in restricted areas of the O’Hare airport. The badges were actually real, but deactivated O’Hare ID cards, and police are at a loss to explain how workers still managed to gain access to sensitive areas with the non-functioning cards. Police also apprehended two managers at Ideal Staffing Solutions, Inc., the temp agency that hired illegal immigrants knowingly and provided them with the false IDs, which gave them access to purportedly secure areas around O’Hare. Most of the workers loaded freight for companies doing business with O’Hare– including commercial airlines.

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Local communities put ID card technology to work to protect their children

By |March 12th, 2008|

From Missouri to Utah, parents are learning that it never hurts to be too cautious. Last year’s infamous Michael Devlin kidnapping and child abuse case has spurred a resurgence of child identification database and ID card creation in Missouri, where Devlin held Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby captive in his Kirkwood, MO apartment. While Hornbeck and Ownby were fortunate enough to escape with their lives, the abuse they suffered has left parents wondering what they can do to protect their children—or, at the very least, help get them home safely and quickly—from the nightmare of child abduction.

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Pet ID card gives owners reassurance while traveling

By |February 8th, 2008|

Aside from being randomly searched, losing your toiletries under the strict no-liquid policy, and having your airline conveniently drop your luggage in say, Kathmandu instead of Kalamazoo, traveling with a pet is one of the more stressful traveling experiences. There’s the weight limits, the exact measurements of the traveling crate, making sure that a pet will be safe and comfortable in the cargo hold or cabin, and finally, waiting out the anxiety of a long plane ride.

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Parent ID badges help keep crowds calm at popular concert series

By |January 3rd, 2008|

You’ve probably heard something about Hannah Montana in the past year – the Emmy-nominated Disney channel show and singing sensation Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana herself) were for a long time relegated to children, who gobbled up the snappy pop tunes and watched the show religiously. However, when the time came for Hannah Montana’s first national tour, everyone else began to realize what a phenomenon the show had become.

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Volunteer ID cards ease worries over youth sports practices

By |December 28th, 2007|

“Soccer Mom” has a new meaning in South Florida (along with many other places). Instead of ferrying children back and forth to practice and cheering on the sidelines at games, many sports parents have taken an active role on their child’s sports teams – volunteering, chauferring teams around, organizing parent activities, and helping coach. And now, along with the requisite station wagon, van or SUV keys and water bottles, team parents are now sporting ID badges when at practices and games.

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New ID card system at Walter Reed Army Medical Center aims to keep criminal offenders out

By |December 26th, 2007|

The Walter Reed Army Medical Center is implementing Mobilisa’s Defense ID system in order to to secure the enormous facility, which has a potential patient population of 8 million people. The center will not be issuing their own cards; instead the Defense ID scanner reads data from any government ID card– including Canadian driver’s licenses– and crosschecks each individual against more than 100 databases of criminal offenders and other parties who have been banned from military properties.

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Tactical police officers in Trinidad must prove their legitimacy with ID badges

By |December 19th, 2007|

In Trinidad, tactical police offers must now wear identification badges with their photographs on display at all times. Criminals in black have been impersonating members of tactical forces, who usually participate in the execution of […]

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Virginia schools screen visitors with Raptor ID check-in

By |December 17th, 2007|

In Prince William County, which contains the second-largest school system in Virginia, 86 schools have implemented an electronic visitor check-in system to keep tabs on visitors and instantly check them against a 460,000-person-long list of sex offenders from across the country. The system, otherwise known as the Raptor, will note when visitors enter and exit the building and keep registered sex offenders off school grounds. These security systems are not unique to Prince William County, either. In Anne Arundel County, the Raptor has ensnared three sex offenders and led to one arrest. And by the end of the school year, officials in the Loudoun County school district want to install video cameras and intercomes outside school doors so that all visitors would have to be buzzed in.

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Jacksonville, FL city hall upgrades to stricter ID card security

By |December 14th, 2007|

If you’ve ever been to a government building, you know the drill. A security guard inspects your ID card, your belongings take a spin through the x-ray machine, and you stroll through the metal detector, hoping that that filling won’t act up again. However, worries about fake IDs, forgery and attacks have caused concerns among some.

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