DDL Pilot Goes Live in Maryland and Washington DC
Category : Gemalto
Our DDL team recently spent an action-packed four days with eager pilot participants in Maryland and Washington D.C.
As the DDL pilot expanded eastward, we were able to apply digital driver’s license technology in a number of real-world settings and collect feedback from several new use-cases.
Checking out DDL at Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits in Maryland
The pilot kicked off at Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits, a quaint family-owned and run liquor store in Annapolis, MD.
After decades specializing in fine wine, beer, and spirits, Bay Ridge has evolved into a customer-focused, community-minded small businesses leader in the region. Their team was focused on learning all they could about DDL technology, as we talked through their daily challenges with verifying IDs for proof of age and what impact a DDL could have on this process.
Pilot participants from Maryland and DC stopped by to test the technology from the user’s perspective with their smartphone-based DDLs. The friendly “Brew Crew” associates conducted multiple ID checks and were surprised by how fast and easy verifying a customer’s age with a DDL proved to be.
The favorable response from a trusted local establishment spoke volumes about the eagerness to adopt cutting-edge technologies like DDL in the area. Applying a digital driver’s license solution in a real-world setting showed just how convenient and secure a quick stop at your favorite liquor store can be.
Testing DDL with Law Enforcement in Maryland
The next two days of Maryland’s DDL pilot enlisted the help of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police and a group of willing test drivers for a series of simulated roadside traffic stops.
The MDTA Police, who are responsible for law enforcement at the state’s highways, tunnels and bridges, BWI Airport, and at the Port of Baltimore, was able to engage DDL technology in a number of common cases where driver identification is required.
Instead of drivers turning over a plastic license to the police officer when they’ve been pulled over, pilot participants were equipped with individual digital driver’s licenses on their mobile devices, and officers were able to verify the drivers’ records electronically.
It was a win-win in terms of security and efficiency because drivers did not have to part with their secured documents – or in the case of a DDL, with their mobile phones – and officers had a quick and reliable platform to verify license credentials.
Nobody likes getting pulled over, but DDL pilot users and the MDTA officers were all smiles during the test, having proved that the verification process was both simple and effective for law enforcement and driver’s alike.
Game on with casino verification in Maryland
The next stop for the DDL pilot team was at Maryland Live! Casino, a 24/7 casino and entertainment complex with thousands of games and classic decor.
Here, Marylanders and DC pilot participants were able to explore the benefits of DDL technology firsthand by verifying their proof-of-age electronically, instead of using a traditional plastic licenses to enter the venue.
DDL pilot participants were equipped with an individual digital credential on their mobile device, which offered users the privacy of displaying the personal information that is relevant for age verification, instead of all the information that is normally visible when you hand over a plastic driver’s license or ID.
In age-restricted establishments like Maryland Live! Casino, venue employees and DDL pilot users alike appreciated the innovative, secure, and efficient way to verify customer’s proof-of-age so they can quickly and easily enter the facility and start having some fun!
Sliding into home at Oriole Park
To round out the week’s activity in Maryland, the DDL team was hosted by the Baltimore Orioles at their beautiful ballpark at Camden Yards.
Partnering with the Maryland Department of Transportation for their annual employee game night, we set up a booth-style demonstration area to give the nearly 27,000 ballgame attendees a sneak peek at the DDL technology we’ve been testing during this pilot.
We allowed fans – Orioles and Astros alike – who were passing by to use sample credentials on demo phones to simulate the age verification process using a digital driver’s license. We then gathered feedback through our onsite response surveys and talked through the future use-cases with many interested parties.
We heard all kinds of perspectives, from both Marylanders and out-of-towners, and overall felt a strong sense of excitement for the technology with many people asking when they could get their own DDL.
Though the Orioles did not manage to pull out a win over the top-ranked Houston Astros, the DDL team finished the week batting 1000 with a fantastic evening at Oriole Park!
Author: Tiffany Conway