Data Collection Receives Boost at Canadian Border

Data collection at Canadian border crossings has received a technological boost thanks to a new Full Page Document Reader. The data collection device captures data from travellers’ documents, therefore enhancing security.

As a combined hardware and software solution, the Full Page Document Reader by 3M is an efficient and responsive device that captures high resolution images of data from domestic and international travel documents including passports, drivers’ licences with two dimensional bar codes and magnetic strips, contactless ePassports and frequent traveller plastic cards.

Compatible with the existing border management system, the 3M document reader’s advanced, compact ergonomic design takes up little desk space and allows for one-hand use, both essential features given the limited time and space available to Border Services Officers.

Designed with the user in mind, the device reads documents of various sizes and thicknesses at all angles. It can accommodate varying environmental conditions including humidity and dust, and has two external USB ports to accommodate future device integrations. Optional contact smart card and ultra high frequency (UHF) reader options are available.

A five-year contract will allow the CBSA to upgrade and expand its use of Full Page Travel Document readers at Canadian border checkpoints. The CBSA expects to begin deploying the readers at points of entry by April 2010.

News Source: News Wire

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