Businesses are now able to detect false licenses and other forms of identification thanks to Charlie Jordan, a young entrepreneur in Cookeville and four Tennessee Technological University students. Jordan and his team recently launched SafeSurv, a software program used to check IDs of customers. Upon scanning the given identification, SafeSurv detects the age of the individual as well as licenses that are suspended, expired, fake or otherwise not acceptable. The software was initially developed to prevent underage customers from buying alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. However, they have recently found new niches including retail pharmacies, employment and financial institutions, law enforcement agencies and other places that require identification.
"Hendersonville has roughly 60 active alcohol permits, and I feel each of these businesses need to be using this service,” Scott Foster, mayor of Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Jordan has been working with the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the Nashville Beer Board, Prevention Alliance Tennesssee (PAT) and TopShelf EDU. In addition to checking IDs, management personnel are able to access analytics which show trends including what timeframe most inadequate identification is passed and what type. It also allows management to track and monitor employee behavior and habits when checking identification. SafeSurv covers all fines if the business is using the software and a false or tainted ID is still passed.
“We really like Charlie and his progress as a young entrepreneur. It just never occurred to him that he couldn't do this. Now he is on his way to launching something pretty spectacular," remarked Jeff Brown, The Biz Foundry President.