Smart phone app Idezy to help clubbers prove their age
PARTY-GOERS could soon be leaving their identification at home and using modern technology to get into pubs and clubs.
Two Gloucestershire entrepreneurs have come up with a smart phone application called Idezy that will enable clubbers to get into some of Cheltenham's hotspots.
The idea is the brainchild of Ben Pearson, who was left frustrated by losing his passport on a night out and left with an £80 bill to replace it.
The 26-year-old from Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, worked on the idea of the application for three years and hit brick walls until he was put in touch with old Gloucestershire College friend Dre Pilipczuk.
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Dre, 25, from Rowanfield, Cheltenham, came up with the technology, which allowed door staff to scan a phone and check if the entrant was over 18.
The pair have got Validate, a nationally-recognised proof of age scheme, on board with their technology which will launch in Cheltenham's nightlife hotspots and could be rolled out nationwide.
Those not wanting to carry identification with them pay £15 for an official proof of age card, which can be accessed via a smart phone.
Bouncers in 10 of Cheltenham's best-known clubs and pubs will be able to check the identifications.
Ben said: "It is due to be launched any day and we are hoping that Cheltenham will prove the technology works and the idea will spread.
"It is open to anyone, but we are targeting it at university students. People we have spoken to seem really excited by the idea and it just seems to make sense.
"The whole process of getting a prototype to a working model has been a great learning curve for us."
Jess Rayer, 18, of Abbeymead, said: "My friend and I hate taking a big bag out with our passports so actually this would be really useful."
Gloucestershire Constabulary is supporting the scheme.
PC Andy Cook, force licensing manager, said: "This is a great idea. It will help solve many of the issues we encounter such as false, lost and borrowed driving licences and passports.
"We hope the pilot is a success and it gets rolled out across the county and beyond."