NEW YORK, Sept. 8 -- The New York State Department of MotorVehicles has approved the CompletelyOnline biometric face recognition methodfor student ID validation for use in its Internet defensive driving pilotprogram. Unlike other biometric methods also approved for the pilot,CompletelyOnline has the unique ability to authenticate a student's identitymuch the same way his identity would be authenticated in a classroom course. This distinction has already made a big change to New York's online defensivedriving industry: The first course sponsor to use CompletelyOnline has beenapproved to deliver an online course with no graded exams - a first in thenation.
By submitting an image of the driver's license along with the biometric sampleof his face, the student is proving his identity over the Internet the sameway he would be proving his identity in person. "Face recognition is theideal solution for distance learning applications for several reasons," saysArmen GeoSimonian, President and CEO of CompletelyOnline.com(R). "The face isboth the only human-readable biometric characteristic and the only biometric characteristic that can be authenticated against a driver's license. It istruly the closest thing to being in the classroom."
The New York Safety Program (NYSP), is the first course sponsor in New York touse CompletelyOnline, and is launching their "no graded exams" Internet coursethis week. According to President and CEO of NYSP Anthony Perlongo, "With thehelp of the CompletelyOnline technology, NYSP has developed an onlinepresentation that we believe comes as close as possible to our classroomdelivery. We believe that the combination of NYSP's hard earned reputationand the superior face recognition methodology offered byCompletelyOnline.com(R) is the reason that the NYS DMV has set this remarkableprecedent."
Benefits of taking a DMV approved defensive driving course include both apoint reduction from a driver's record and an insurance discount. The ideabehind the pilot program was to make these courses, which were previously onlyavailable in a classroom, more accessible to busy drivers who would nototherwise be able to attend in person. Student ID validation is a requirementfor all defensive driving courses in the pilot program. According to the NYSDMV 650,000 drivers attend an approved classroom course every year. Theyexpect 100,000 drivers to take the course over the Internet in the first yearof the pilot.
CompletelyOnline.com was established in 2004 and provides its uniquepatented CompletelyOnline biometric face recognition methodology to Internetdefensive driving courses in California, Texas, Nevada and Idaho. CompletelyOnline.com continues to expand its reach in the defensive drivingindustry and in other e-learning markets.
About New York Safety Program
The New York Safety Program has been educating drivers in New York since 1980. Founder Anthony Perlongo, has been a nationally prominent leader in the fieldof driver safety. His accomplishments as a State and National President ofthe Driver Education Guild among others have brought him recognition as adriving safety expert throughout the country. www.nysponline.com