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Passport Control

30-10-2009 om 18:27 by Maastricht Region Branding Foundation

IRIS, a listed company, specializing in Intelligent Document Recognition (IDR)*, Enterprise Content Management (ECM)² and Optimized IT Infrastructure (ICT)³, has announced that it has just completed a project commissioned by the Belgian Federal Police for the modernization of the scanners at the border control points.


IRIS. has been handling projects for the Belgian Federal Police for some time.  In 2005, the company installed a system that automatically reads passports at the Schengen checkpoints.  IRIS. scanners read the MRZ (Machine Readable Zone) of each passport, which contains coded information.  The data obtained is then automatically checked against various databases and is also checked for forgery.


Since then, new technologies have emerged and additional measures have been implemented by the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) to carry out even stricter controls and to move towards one international standard. This was one of the reasons why the project was supported by the European Commission, which made an important financial contribution-via the EU Fund for External Borders.  The covers of new passports have been fitted with an electronic microchip - better known by the name RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification).  This chip stores data including name, date of birth, place of birth and a numeric photograph. 


Thanks to a module added to the scanners, the chip is now automatically read, evaluated and compared with the information retrieved from the Machine Readable Zone. IRIS. has developed a successful integration between its own software and that of third-party developer for the comparison of the two sorts of information received.

Source: Meuse-Rhine Journal

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