Applications for Secure ID Technology

Health Care

Supports adherance to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards by  providing secure access to information for the physician, patient, and pharmacist. Cuts down on fraud, such as “doctor shopping,” and eliminates information problems associated with changing doctors, dentists, or pharmacies, as the card contains medical history, prescriptions, and insurance information.

First Responders/Security

Secure ID cards contain professional background information, background check information, and provide access to government buildings in cases on emergency. Improves interoperability and expedites deployment of personnel in crises by eliminating identity authentication process.

Student ID

Provides access to school facilities and contains student account information. Enhances dormitory safety and provides better access to school libraries, gyms, health centers, cafeterias, and other buildings. Enables students to purchase goods and can double as a medical card with school health center.

Library Card

Contains account information and security settings. Enables patrons to check out books, pay fees, and access electronic resource databases from external computers over the internet. Protects any funds on card in case of loss or theft, as biometric information or PIN is required to access stored value.

Driver’s License

Card holds standard driver information, as well as a digital signature and photo. Minimizes fraud, such as counterfeiting, duplication or tampering. Confirms identity and promotes uniformity of information and appearance of licenses (at present, there are over 240 acceptable license formats across the country).

Employee ID

Contains employee information and allows access to network information and specified locations. Alerts security immediately to breaches and abuses.

Border Security

Contains citizenship, biometric information, and travel information. Serves as positive identification and alerts guards to past criminal activity. Prevents duplication, counterfeiting, or identity theft and expedites border flow. Current applications include ePassports, border crossing cards, and eVisas.

Port Security

Contains biometrics and background information. Defines access privileges, standardizes credentials, and immediately flags misuse and security breaches. Improves interoperability between ports.


Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 requires a government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification for Federal employees and contractors. The National Institute of Standards and Technology requirements include criteria for verifying an individual employee’s identity. Cards are resistant to identity fraud, tampering, and counterfeiting. Cards will be utilized for identity verification, building access, and network access.

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Secure ID News to Know

  • Making Medicare Smart

    Today the House of Representatives took a significant step forward to protect seniors and ensure the solvency of the Medicare program by unanimously passing the bipartisan Fighting Fraud to Protect Senior Care Act – HR.6690. The bill calls for a pilot program to test modernizing the Medicare card by incorporating smart card technology to prevent waste, fraud and abuse.

    This landmark program will enable front-end authentication of Medicare beneficiaries and providers at point of care and support back-end data analytics to ensure transactions are legitimate. The Government Accountability Office estimates that such a program can positively impact over 22% of all Medicare improper payment and fraud cases. With Medicare waste, fraud, and abuse costing US taxpayers an approximated $60 billion every year, the Fighting Fraud to Protect Senior Care Act will help prevent over $13.2 billion from being lost on a yearly basis.

    We thank Congressman Peter Roskam and Congressman Earl Blumenauer for their heroic effort to protect Medicare for all Americans: beneficiaries, providers, and taxpayers alike.

  • The Five Things IoT Manufacturers Can Do To Future-Proof the Industry

    If there’s one thing that we’ve learned over the past few days since the Internet of Things (IoT) distributed-denial-of-service attack (DDoS) attack gave the Internet brain freeze last Friday is that (1) IoT devices are insecure, (2) we have a really good idea what needs to be done to make them more secure, yet (3) it’s hard to get everyone on the same page in dedicating the resources to actually make them more secure.

    While that might seem like a stark truth, it only makes sense given how our economy and legal system works. Since no one company or device was responsible for allowing the attack, there’s no specific organization to shame or blame. Plus, it’s way too easy to point fingers at everyone else in the room and say there was nothing that could’ve been done, as everyone is responsible. Further, security costs money, and at the moment, companies want to pour their resources into grabbing IoT market share, not plugging holes that may or may not cause problems downstream. Unfortunately, this kind of thinking invites regulators and legislators to step in and attempt to dictate technology standards and best practices to address harms, both real and imagined.

  • Patient Identity: Getting Back to Basics for National Health IT Week

    Monday kicked off National Health IT week! While the United States has made progress in moving towards a more modern healthcare system, significant work remains. There’s no disputing that our medical device and health technology companies are the most advanced on the planet, developing the solutions that are diagnosing diseases earlier, expanding treatment options, and improving quality of life. However, when it comes to healthcare and identity—making sure that the correct data is associated with the right patient, and ensuring that that information is able to be shared, analyzed, and acted upon in a timely fashion—the United States lags woefully behind many other developed nations.