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An Internet based system to electronically verify the identity of a person carrying a physical badge

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010502D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Dec-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Dec-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for verifying the identity of service personnel, comprising the following steps: digitally reading identification carried by the service personnel including a Universal Resource Locator (URL) at an entryway to a dwelling unit; transferring such information to a server over the Internet via the URL; verifying that the URL is certified by a certification agency; receiving validation information from the server; comparing validation information to the appearance of the service personnel.

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  An Internet based system to electronically verify the identity of a person carrying a physical badge

Disclosed is a method for verifying the identity of service personnel, comprising the following steps: digitally reading identification carried by the service personnel including a Universal Resource Locator (URL) at an entryway to a dwelling unit; transferring such information to a server over the Internet via the URL; verifying that the URL is certified by a certification agency; receiving validation information from the server; comparing validation information to the appearance of the service personnel.

For example, people normally request service request over the phone to repair or perform warranty services on appliances such as washer/dryer, refrigerator, telephones etc. Many times when the service personnel shows up at their doors, people either trust the identification the service personnel presents or verifies them by calling the company they had requested service. But these methods are not secure since the badge or other identification could be falsified. Most people, especially who believe that they live in low crime areas, do not verify the identities at all. This system proposes a process where the service personnel identification is verified before the personnel enters the premises. The system will alert the residents if the service person's identification (ID) cannot be verified.

The key steps of the method are as follows:
1. Service person swipes the...