How ID Document Scanners Lead to Effective Identification

By Sunny Sun, GM from Telpo International

No country can be truly isolated from the world in the context of globalization. As globalization deepens, personnel exchanges between countries are becoming more frequent. It is not surprising that people immigrate to another country, let alone travel abroad. At the same time, illegal immigration is on the rise, posing a threat to national security. In such circumstances, effective identification is necessary.

In recent years, the number of smugglers and illegal immigrants who use false documents has increased and therefore the traditional method of identification only through documents is no longer sufficient. Since April 1, 2010, machine-readable passports based on ICAO standards have been adapted globally, explicitly using face, iris and fingerprints as biometric modalities. Machine-readable passports are more easily identifiable, which facilitates visa application and boarding procedures.

This is followed by the emergence of digital document scanners and ID document scanners, which allow digital documents to be scanned and other identity information to be known at the same time. The introduction of digital document scanners and ID document scanners makes border security inspection simple, fast and secure.

How do ID document scanners improve identification efficiency?

Nowadays, digital identity documents are common in travel. Personal information is presented quickly and accurately by scanning digital documents, making digital document scanners useful to customs, security and immigration personnel. The personnel of these types of government institutions have to manage multinational affairs on a daily basis. It is important for them to quickly and accurately verify the identity of the people they deal with. However, with the continuous development of technology, it is also becoming easier to falsify documents, which adds further difficulty to the work of these public employees.

Fortunately, biometric identification technology can help solve this problem. Biometric characteristics such as face, iris and fingerprints are universal, unique, stable and easy to collect. Even if people intentionally or accidentally forget their key documents, their identity can be verified quickly and accurately with biometric identification technology.

Various verification methods

The technology of scanning digital documents and scanning ID documents has grown tremendously over these years. A rugged biometric tablet can support a variety of verification methods, including 2D and 3D scanning, Near Field Communication (NFC), Optical Character Recognition, and Machine Readable Passport Zones (MRZ). Various verification methods of digital document scanners can be applied to different types of documents.

It is convenient for government personnel, especially those who work in customs offices and immigration offices. In addition, personnel at border security checkpoints benefit. Digital document scanners help simplify visa application and boarding procedures, improving the efficiency of government and border security checkpoints.

Multimodal biometrics

In the context of globalization, illegal immigration is as common as legal immigration. Most people entering a country illegally do not have documents proving their true identity. They are often motivated to try to use false identities to get through security checks. Without biometric recognition, staff at border security checkpoints carrying out manual checks are much more likely to make a mistake.

The scanning of digital documents and biometric recognition are complementary. Biometric recognition helps identify those who use false documents and steal the identities of others. Moreover, it is easy to collect and verify face, iris and fingerprint biometrics. An ID document scanner is able to verify and verify identification data quickly and accurately, as well as flag suspicious users, data inconsistencies or attempted fraud, ensuring that only legitimate travelers enter the country.

Verifying the identity of foreigners is of great importance for national security. Identity document scanners present all information to the personnel of government agencies such as security checkpoints, customs offices, immigration offices, etc. Scanning identity documents helps government personnel recognize reliable and secure identities as well as flag suspects, improve efficiency and ensure security.

About the Author

Sunny Sun is the general manager of Telpo International. She leads the Telpo team to provide customized products and services to more than 120 countries and regions, including more than 200 high-end industrial and government projects.

DISCLAIMER: Biometric Update industry overviews are submitted content. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Biometric Update.

Article topics

biometrics | border security | digital identification | document reader | verification of documents | identity document | identity verification | NFC | optical character recognition | Phone

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