Hold the Tab: A New App Lets Bar Owners Keep Tabs on Who's Ordering

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash., Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At most nightclubs and restaurants, anytime a group of young people orders drinks--assuming the bartender is a professional--IDs will be asked for. Even if the presented IDs appear to be legitimate and indicate each person is of legal age, an ID scanner is the only way to be sure; if the bar/restaurant doesn't have one, and if the owner or manager is too busy to consult, a bartender can be left with a serious situation to handle. Does he or she hold up the bar to wait for a manager and lose tips in the process, or risk criminal charges by potentially serving alcohol to minors? No need to answer: there's an app for this. And it's got the perfect name: barZapp™.

An ID-checking mobile app that transforms a smartphone into an ID scanner, barZapp was launched by Intellicheck Mobilisa, Inc., a leading technology company based out of Port Townsend, WA. An introductory version is available in the Apple App Store for $1.99, with annual and monthly licenses available on Intellicheck Mobilisa's website for $9.95 per month--a small cost compared to the potential criminal fines and/or penalties one might face after serving a minor. A separate Android version is available in the Google App Store.

For bar, restaurant or liquor store owners, this is a perfect way to save money while reducing the risk of adverse events. barZapp empowers all bartenders, bouncers and cashiers with the ability to scan IDs with their smartphones, a tool that's quick, mobile and easy to use. To use the app, simply aim the smartphone at the barcode on the back of an ID to instantly produce and display the results, including "expired," "underage," etc.

The app can prove handy for other age-restricted locations and purchases, such as tobacco sales--as fake ID usage is prevalent in these settings as well. barZapp comes with Intellicheck Mobilisa's patented ID Check software that can read not only driver's licenses, but also any state, government or military ID card. It can also keep track of who was scanned and when, which can be helpful for a wide range of purposes.

On the brighter side, the app has the ability to organize scanned IDs into different categories. Select customers can be placed into a "VIP" group, making events and parties easier to manage. Furthermore, barZapp 2.0 for the iPhone provides an option to export scan history, to keep track of reentrants and venue occupancy, and also offers birthday and group membership notifications.

"We anticipate that barZapp 2.0 for the iPhone, with its greater interactivity and enhanced array of features, will prove even more attractive to our intended customer base, which includes employees of restaurants and bars nationwide," said Nelson Ludlow, Ph.D., President and CEO of Intellicheck Mobilisa.

To learn more about how barZapp can work for your business, go to www.icmobil.com, who paid for the writing and dissemination of this release.

Contact: Enrique Briz, Dian Griesel Int'l., 212.825.3210

SOURCE Intellicheck Mobilisa



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