New infrared card reader to combat licence fraud
18 October 2016
Author: Jack Carfrae
Compliance specialist Licence Check is to launch a card reader this month with the ability to verify a photocard driving licence and other key fleet documents.
Known as the Davis CDR (card data reader), the service connects to a computer via a USB cable and uses infrared and ultraviolet light technology. It is said to be more secure than a conventional online check, as it can detect fraudulent documents and is also able to validate driving licences issued within the EU.
"An employer can drop a driving licence card into the device and it can identify whether it's a genuine UK licence, whether it's a genuine UK CPC [Driver Certificate of Professional Competence] card or a tacho card issued by the DSA [Driving Standards Agency] or the DVLA [Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency], to authenticate that it is not a forgery," Licence Check's managing director Richard Brown told BusinessCar.
"The principle behind it is that the technology allows us to be able to rapidly authenticate a licence."
He added that the service would not be able to communicate with overseas authorities to confirm a driver's details, but it would be intelligent enough to identify whether an EU licence was a genuine document.
"We can't check with the individual authority because that [facility] doesn't exist, but we can authenticate that [an EU] card is genuine."
Drivers will also be able to use the service to independently validate their own documents.
Brown did not specify costs for the service but said it is aimed at "anybody that's got a large fleet or anybody that's allowing people to drive on business", and cited logistics firms, rental companies and the public sector as potential customers.
He also claimed that the service could cut down on administration and the need for certain physical documents by extracting data electronically.
"We can create an approval processes for [businesses] so that employees are issued with what's called a driver card. This proves that they have been validated, that they have been checked,
and says 'yes, you can drive on company business'.
"What we're trying to do is remove all the administration, the paperwork and all of the manual work in collecting this information and just do it all electronically."
The firm is in the process of developing the service and plans to shorten the registration and checking process to "a couple of minutes". It also hopes to add facial recognition technology in future.
"It is still under development," said Brown, "but we are hoping to get approval from the DVLA [to allow the reader to] authenticate information through facial recognition and facial imaging. It's quite a sophisticated piece of development."