Reading, UK, November, 2012: Access IS, a global market leader for 2D barcode scanning technology in the airport sector, announces the launch of ultra compact optical character recognition (OCR) readers with exceptionally fast and accurate reading performance. The company will be unveiling the new readers on Stand 4K088 at Cartes & Identification 2012, 6-8 November, Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre in Paris, France.
The desktop OCR640, the latest version of the most comprehensive passport reader produced by Access, is intended for scanning both e-passports and ID cards. The desktop version, with a choice of three different ultra slim and stylish covers, offers a 20% smaller footprint than rival products.
The OCR640 is a fully comprehensive ‘full-page’ e-passport reader. The images of a passport photo page are captured in IR, UV and visible light to help improve authentication. The OCR640 also reads all the stored data from a chip within an e-passport which typically includes a digital photograph of the passport holder and biometrics such as fingerprints and iris data. The RFID e-chip reader can also be used to read contactless smart card chips.
Access also unveils the compact OCR310, a swipe reader which processes the data in the machine readable zone (MRZ) towards the bottom of a passport or ID card. For many applications, simply reading the MRZ is adequate and results in a fast, accurate and low cost way to acquire passport data. The OCR310 uses the world’s smallest MRZ OCR data reading engine and is designed to be integrated into manufacturers’ portable handheld devices connected to a data terminal or a standard desktop PC. Standalone desktop versions are also available.
Access will also be demonstrating the LSR116 – a compact sealed, water and dust-resistant 2D barcode reader for smartphones and tablets, as well as paper. The LSR116 is an OEM product which can be incorporated into self-service kiosks, access control gates and turnstiles. Ultra-fast, accurate and reliable, the LSR116 is ideal for processing large numbers of customers, many of whom will be unfamiliar with the technology and may be in a hurry.
Access has developed significant expertise in RFID and near-field communication (NFC) technology and it is working together with leading manufacturers to incorporate NFC functionality into the design of new products.