The Deltic Group has become the first late-night bar and club operator to introduce digital identification as a form of ID across its entire estate.
Partnering with digital identity app company Yoti, it will provide a more efficient way to control and decline underage admittance, creating a smoother entry process on the door at bars and clubs.
It follows a successful three-month trial of Yoti at Deltic’s clubs in Colchester in Essex and Eastbourne in East Sussex. It will be rolled out to all 57 of the group’s sites around the UK in January.
The Yoti app is free to download and users simply take a selfie and scan their photo ID. Yoti verifies the authenticity of the photo ID and checks that it matches the selfie. All personal data is encrypted throughout, with the private keys being stored on the user’s device.
Yoti can be used to prove people’s age on nights out by door staff simply scanning a Yoti QR code with their smartphones.
Tim Howard, marketing director at Deltic, said: “The technology will not only revolutionise our customers’ experience, it will also have an immensely positive impact on our business through reducing queuing times and drastically cutting down on fraudulent activity and attempted underage entry to our clubs. I’d encourage all high street retailers to consider adopting it.”