In line with its corporate rebranding and in an effort to adapt to the fast-changing times, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has ventured on yet another innovation to elevate identity security as it launches the Improved Postal ID on April 22, 2016 at the Manila Central Post Office. Having undergone extensive security modifications, it is expected to meet, if not exceed, the rampant need for identity protection.
In order to immediately ensure validity, the Improved ID is infused with additional physical security features that are difficult to reproduce. These include a hologram of a running mailman which can only be seen in certain angles, and a UV ink or special ink that lights up to ultraviolet light. It also has a ghost image which is a slightly transparent copy of the applicant’s photograph.
Meanwhile, all the physical security features from the previous ID such as the guilloche and the Quick Response code will be retained in the card. Dissemination of the use of the QR code scanner, which could be installed in any smartphone, will continue to be implemented as well. Using this application, front-liners could easily and immediately verify authenticity of the card presented by the applicant.
Aside from the existing Postal Reference Number (PRN) which could be found in the previous ID, the Improved ID is subjected under Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to further guarantee uniqueness. AFIS is a software that compares an applicant’s fingerprint to the fingerprint database record.
These additional physical and biometrics security features offer convenience, security and access in the highest level for they confirm and protect an individual’s identity, combat counterfeit and assist in forging stable transactions.
Very soon, the ID will also be infused with value-added features that aim to benefit consumers nationwide.
Filipinos and foreign residents of any age or profession could apply for an Improved Postal ID. Application forms are available in any post office, or could be downloaded online at postalidph.com or phlpost.gov.ph.
For further inquiries, you may visit us at www.facebook.com/newpostalid, @PostalID or www.instagram.com/newpostalid, or reach us through 09175215373, 0998447629 or 09253212291.
By Daisy Ignacio
The Philippine Postal Corp. (PHLPost) will be issuing new postal identification cards with better security features that are harder to imitate.
The new security features include a hologram of a running mailman that can be seen only at a specific angle, ultraviolet ink, and a “ghost” image of the cardholder’s photo.
These new features are on top of the existing Postal Reference Number, guilloche and Quick Response code already present in the postal IDs introduced in November 2014.
Biometric data are also included in the new IDs for added protection.
“Because of all these features, it would be extremely difficult and expensive for entrepreneurial folks to copy or fake the improved ID,” said Luis Carlos, PHLPost assistant postmaster general for marketing, in an interview with the Inquirer.
Carlos added that, with the new security features, it will be impossible for one person to apply for different IDs under different names.
“If, for example, Evelyn who has already applied for an ID tries to apply again under the name Maria, the system will alert us that she is already in the system because of the unique [biometric data],” said Carlos.
Following the recent hacking of the Commission on Elections website, however, Carlos further added that their Automated Fingerprint Identification System software is fully secure.
PHLPost is working with Filmetrics Corp, a local IT company, for the management of the cardholders’ biometrics data. The company also worked with the Social Security System for the Unified Multipurpose ID.
A QR code scanner mobile app is also now available to verify the authenticity of cardholders’ information. The application can be downloaded on iOS and Android devices.
The improved postal ID costs PhP504, inclusive of value-added tax and delivery fee. Application and data capturing can be done at any Post Office branches nationwide.
Taken from Kami.com
By Annelle Tayao-Juego
THE PHILIPPINE Postal Corp. (PHLPost) has launched an “improved” postal identification card, one with better security features compared to the ID introduced in November 2014, to prevent unscrupulous individuals from creating fakes.
In addition to the existing Postal Reference Number (PRN), guilloche and Quick Response (QR) code, the security features on the improved postal ID include: a hologram of a running mailman seen only at a certain angle; ultraviolet (UV) ink that lights up under UV light; and a smaller “ghost” image of the cardholder’s photo.
Cardholders’ biometric data, taken from their fingerprints, are entered by PHLPost during the application process in the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) software for added protection.
“The corporation felt that we needed to come out with a better ID that’s hard to fake. So if, for example, [a person named] Evelyn who has already applied for an ID tries to apply again under the name Maria, the system will alert us that she is already in the system because of the unique [biometric data],” said Luis Carlos, PHLPost assistant postmaster general for marketing, in an interview.
“Because of all these features, it would be extremely difficult and expensive for entrepreneurial folks to copy or fake the improved ID,” he added.
Asked about AFIS’ security, especially in light of the recent hacking of the Commission of Elections website which led to the leakage of voters’ personal information online, Carlos assured the public that the database was fully secure. Under a joint venture agreement, PHLPost is working with local IT company Filmetrics Corp. to manage cardholders’ biometric data. Filmetrics provides the same service for the Social Security System for the Unified Multipurpose ID.
PHLPost also came out with a QR code scanner application which can be downloaded on iOS (Philpost QR Scanner) and Android (Postal ID Verification) devices which can be used to verify the authenticity of cardholders’ information.
The improved postal ID, which was presented to members of the media and PHLPost employees at the Post Office’s headquarters in Manila on Friday, costs P504, inclusive of value-added tax and delivery fee. Those who plan to apply can just go to any of the Post Office’s 261 branches nationwide for data capturing, said Carlos. Applicants can expect their cards to be delivered to their specified address within
13-15 days since all the cards will be processed and printed in Philpost’s Manila office.
However, Carlos said that they were working on putting up card processing printing facilities in Cebu and Visayas for speedier processing and delivery in Visayas and Mindanao. Those interested to apply may call PHLPost’s hotline at 7427349 or 2309875; 0917-5215373, 0998-8447629 or 0925-3212291.
Taken from Inquirer.net