Notes from the field


​​​​​​Our DDL development and project management teams are working hard in coordination with NIST and the project champions in each of the four jurisdictions to get the pilot stages underway. Check back often for updates on current action items and to read about specific happenings as we move through the DDL pilot development and implementation process.​

Maryland liquor board & law enforcement workshop

​By Tiffany Conway, ​April 18, 2017

More developments are being made in Maryland, where a workshop was held at the Motor Vehicle Administration Headquarters in Glen Burnie. Representatives from the liquor board and law enforcement personnel came together to further discuss planning of the DDL activity, including logistics and settings for testing.  

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At the workshop, we had a lot of discussion surrounding the optimal location and details of the law enforcement testing, and discussed how best to gain insight into collecting feedback. Prospective vendors for the July staging of liquor and tobacco sales were deliberated, highlighting the DDL’s uses outside basic traffic control. In the meeting, it was determined who the ideal participants would be for these activities, and the enrollment process will open soon.

Second level workshop with Colorado

​By Tiffany Conway, ​April 6, 2017

Exciting activity is abuzz in Colorado this week! The workshop, hosted at the DOR office in Denver, brought together for the second time representatives from the liquor board, gaming authority, lottery commission, and the DMV. These participants continued to hone in on the details and logistics of each of their respective areas. 
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Multiple merchants and partners were confirmed for both lottery sales and liquor/tobacco sales, as well as two area casinos that have agreed to test the technology for proof of age verification in their facilities. 
The timing of the DDL activity was further defined, as the Cherry Creek Arts Festival held in early July was discussed as a possible targeted event where DDL usage could be tested for the sales of lottery tickets. To optimize staged activity timing and build on the DDL momentum, we will continue to target this timeframe with efforts for other pilot testing opportunities. 
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Additionally, at the workshop the DMV explored the enrollment process components and began the recruitment of their pilot participants shortly after the conclusion of the workshop.

Workshop with Idaho Transportation Department

​by Tiffany Conway, March 23, 2017​

This week we met with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) to begin scoping out the details of their pilot elements. We discussed the process of selecting participants, how we can enroll them and enable each of them to get a DDL, and how we will collect feedback from them throughout the course of the pilot. Representatives from ITD, the Idaho Liquor Control Board, and the Idaho State Police were present. 
The law enforcement discussions centered around the details of staging the law enforcement DDL verifications with the Port Authority to bring representatives from multiple law enforcement agencies in the state to test the technology and the various use cases. The Idaho liquor control board brought forth the idea of also using DDL verification for the sales of lottery tickets, which are sold at the same locations as alcohol. Considerations were also given to the implications of the particular point-of-sale terminals used by these various merchants. 
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ITD and these key ecosystem players will continue their effort by brainstorming ideas and opportunities to test the use cases of DDL with their pilot participants.

Colorado First Workshop​​

By Tiffany ​​Conway, February 6,  2017

​Colorado continued to push their project forward at their workshop, exploring the details of the current phase one pilot plans, as well as future use cases of the DDL. 
This workshop brought together the pilot sponsors, as well as the liquor, gaming, and lottery control boards. These stakeholders worked together to establish the foundation for how the DDL pilot will run in each of their respective areas. 

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Maryland & District of Columbia Workshop Highlights

By Tiffany Conway, January 25, 2017​

Things are really starting to take shape with the progress made at the joint Maryland and DC workshop, held at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration headquarters. 
Participants from both jurisdictions and NIST joined law enforcement personnel and TSA to start discussing the ins and outs of how the pilot implementation of test use cases will be orchestrated. 
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Additionally, r​​​​epresentatives from the Maryland state liquor board were present to discuss implications for the purchase of age-restricted goods. Marketing and communications strategies were also more clearly defined, relative to specific local considerations.

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Join​t Jurisdiction Kickoff Highlights

By Tiffany Conway, December 5, 2016​

The initial pilot kick​​off meeting brought our four jurisdiction partners together for the first time in the beautiful city of Austin, TX. The main purpose of the kickoff was to provide a solid understanding of the DDL solution, ecosystem, use cases and pilot details. Our goal was to empower the jurisdiction sponsors to become confident ambassadors with a strong vision for the pilot.

DDL Pilot Kickoff Participants
With many topics to cover in just a short amount of time, we packed as much into the day as possible. Starting with an in-depth look at the DDL demo, we walked through each aspect of the verification scenarios and discussed in detail the various considerations for each jurisdiction. Next we jumped into a bit of the technical detail of how the DDL solution itself works. 

Later t​hat day, we switched gears to talk about marketing and communication surrounding the pilot. We explored various strategies and ideas to support the jurisdictions in maximizing the impact of the pilot. We thought of ways to see measurable results and a strong benefit from the pilot at the local level. 

To further drive this strategy definition, we conducted a “DDL Think Tank” to brainstorm together and establish a framework for next steps for each jurisdiction. 
DDL Pilot Kickoff Participants
The kickoff concluded with a mock “Quick Fire Q&A Session” that put each of our participants in the hot seat to answer some of the frequently asked questions surrounding the DDL. Everyone did a great job flexing their DDL Champion muscles and showing us everything they had learned throughout the day!