How We Helped VALID USA Deliver WebLink ID App with Web Document Scanning in a Timely Fashion

With our small team, we could not have completed WebLink ID’s development in a timely fashion if we tried to also develop our own image capture interface.  So we turned to Dynamsoft for an image capture SDK and it helped us deliver our application to market far quicker than anticipated. Honestly, the SDK was a primary driver to achieving good time to market and other revenue opportunities sooner. “

Kevin Freiburger,
Director of Product Management, VALID USA

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SUMMARY

VALID USA, Inc., headquartered in the Chicago area, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of its Brazilian parent company VALID S.A. The company directly owns and operates five US facilities with 900 employees. This includes more than 600,000 square feet of secure card manufacturing and personalization space. One of the company’s popular applications is WebLink ID. WebLink ID is an enrollment, credentials and application management web app. It is used to issue mass transit cards, student IDs, access control cards, and state driver’s license and ID documents. Thus, document scanning / image capture capabilities were a requirement for the software. VALID did not want to build this capability from scratch so it could instead focus on its core expertise. So, the team began a search for an image capture software development kit (SDK). After thorough research on multiple SDK options, the team settled on Dynamsoft’s ImageCapture Suite SDK. This SDK pre-accomplished the heavy lifting of development to connect web browsers to hardware.  So, not only did it help VALID narrow their focus and build better software, it helped shorten time to market. Today, the application is used by thousands of workers to capture millions of images annually in diverse environments. They include US state governments, K12 and higher education institutions, the public transit industry, and many other vertical markets that require photo identification.

THE CHALLENGE

VALID application design involves many stakeholders.  Product management and marketing departments perform market feasibility studies. Business analysts create functional outlines for VALID’s software.  Software architects create the software design and identify the development tools required to create the application. They also identify third party products that add value to the application.

When architecting software, it’s well known that it’s difficult to control locally connected devices, particularly from a web browser. This includes PC hardware and image capture peripherals such as document scanners, digital cameras, webcams, signature tablets, etc. And, precisely this device control was a capability required with WebLink ID. The software needed document scanning / image capture capabilities. But, VALID did not want to build this capability from scratch so it could instead focus on the team’s core expertise. This core expertise is building enrollment and management software to issue credentials.  So, the team began a search for a web-based image capture software development kit (SDK). After thorough research on multiple SDK options, the team settled on Dynamsoft’s ImageCapture Suite SDK.

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