I was watching Fox News this morning and saw a story about a handheld fugitive scanner that the Clermont County, Ohio Sheriffs Department is using. The scanner, created by Mobilisa Inc., reads the bar code on the back of a D/L or state ID and within seconds the info is processed against a collection of data bases. I went on a search and found an article at Officer.com that describes how the system works and the concerns of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Clarmont County is the first local law enforcement agency to use the scanner. The scanners are being provided as a pilot program. According to the article future use would require purchasing the units and paying a monthly service fee for the data access.
Many times I have wondered why we do not have the ability to scan DL or ID cards. There is a bar code on the back. Having the CLEAR system (when its up) on the PDT (when its in range)is a great tool for confirming identity. Combine the CLEAR technology with a bar code scanner on the PDT and you may have something special.