Intellicheck and city of Charleston initiate pilot program to combat underage drinking

King Street. Charleston

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Intellicheck, Inc. and the city of Charleston, SC have launched a new pilot program aimed at tackling underage drinking. The pilot will allow up to 31 King Street area bars and restaurants to use Intellicheck’s identity verification mobile technology application.

The six-month program is being underwritten by the city of Charleston and Explore Charleston with Intellicheck contributing the technology at a reduced cost. Participating area businesses will use the same tool currently being used by the city of Charleston Police Department (CPD) and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), in addition to other law enforcement agencies across the country.

“Putting a stop to underage drinking is a critical component of our larger King Street safety plan. Like SLED and many other law enforcement agencies, CPD already uses the Intellicheck system and I look forward to working with our area businesses to put these scanners in the hands of the bar and restaurant employees who need them most,” said Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds.

“High-tech fake IDs are widely available at little cost on the web and it’s a daunting problem for law enforcement agencies,” said Bryan Lewis, CEO of Intellicheck. “As soon as they shut down a major provider, they pop back up with a slightly different name and web address. This partnership is a unifying force that provides an effective solution to the challenges driven by fake IDs.”

So far, 24 businesses have committed to participating in the program, with the partnership officially starting today.

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