The Problem with Digital IDs: How ID Scanners and OCR Software Can Help

by | Jul 6, 2024

Introduction to Digital IDs

What are Digital IDs?

Digital IDs are the modern equivalent of traditional identification documents, serving as virtual credentials for accessing various services. With the rise of digital interactions, they are crucial to verifying identities.

Importance in Modern Society

In our world today of digital disruption, the concept of identity has evolved beyond the physical document, necessitating advanced ID scanners and OCR software to manage this transition effectively.

Introduction to Digital

We are rushing to assign unprecedented significance to the new digital identity in order to keep up our increasingly digitized world..

Without a proper ID, facilitated by ID scanners and OCR software, we wouldn’t be able to access numerous public and private services such as in travel, healthcare, finance, and social media, among others.

Challenges in Digital ID Management

Decentralized vs. Centralized Models

In a world of multiple digital identity-issuing models developing around the world, each differ on their technical structure in areas such as logic, architecture, understanding of a public authority’s role within this process and more. This leaves us with a decentralized ID issuing model which can be very confusing.

​​Confusion Among Users

For example, the Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) methodology whose access key is provided via Blockchain and Web3 technology instead of many centralized models widely prevalent around the world. This creates a challenging playing field for users because the local authority issues digital identities and manages and protects content in a private, secure database.

Challenges in Digital ID Management

Technical Challenges with Digital IDs

Consequently, we resort to capturing printed and digital identity data using OCR technology through scanners and apps installed on mobile devices. For example, processing an ID from a mobile phone can be affected by display aspect ratio, resolution, text size, distortion, and glare and lighting issues.

This means that when programming the ability to capture information directly from a phone using ID scanners and OCR software, you need to have samples from several lighting variations when the ID is captured.

Current Solutions and Their Limitations

Inadequacies of Existing Solutions

Why do we need to capture this information from the phone you ask? Well, all these companies are so focused on creating the best digital IDs they do not stop to think about how the information will be transferred to other systems.

The Need for a Better Approach

Due to the lack of a good API for digital IDs and no standard in place, there is no way to read their information other than using OCR technology to digitize it and then send it to other systems in which the information that has been captured should be stored.

Current ID Scanning Solutions

Introducing CaptureMax™

CaptureMax™, OCR software developed by OCR Solutions, features algorithms that allow overcoming challenges by providing data extraction with unparalleled precision and consistency directly from a phone screen.

Furthermore, its proprietary OCR software engine provides incredibly fast and accurate results, through a completely customizable UI within a scalable framework fully capable of growing alongside the needs of your business. 

OCR ID Scanning Software

Schedule a Demo Contact us today and ask to see the example of how it reads the new Australian Digital IDs!