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Preventing Crime with Passport Readers

 

Passport readers

Today, whether for business or pleasure, people are constantly looking for new places to explore. Though it’s exciting to discover new locales, traveling isn't without its risks. Being an outsider in a new place attracts all kinds of attention. Negative attention puts travelers at risk of being targeted for theft. With this in mind, passport readers are helping to cut down on passport theft related crimes.

By confirming the authenticity of passports with technological accuracy, passport readers are changing the way people travel. Using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, passport readers scan and verify travel documents in no time. What used to take ten minutes now takes less than ten seconds. Before passport readers, people relied on their own eyes to check passport authenticity. There is no 100% accurate way of doing this ­ the human eye can easily miss the differences between a real and a fake passport. It also takes time to type a person's passport information into a computer system. With a slow connection, it could take awhile to determine if the document is real or counterfeit. Why wait when passport readers can do the job in less time and with complete accuracy?

Take, for example, the currency exchange system. The first thing a traveler must do when landing in a new country is cash their traveler’s checks and exchange their money for the national currency. No matter if the exchange is from Dollars to Baht, from Euros to Yen, the first step of the currency exchange is the passport check. With passport readers, this is a very easy step. By simply swiping the passport through the reader, the exchange operator can know within seconds whether the document is real or not. If the document is counterfeit, the operator will know not to cash their checks or exchange this person's currency. They can even alert local authorities to the forged documents.

What if, however, the situation was more serious? Picture a traveler who realizes that his traveling documents have just been stolen. He immediately alerts his embassy, but he forgets to cancel his traveler's checks. With the old system, the thief could have strolled into a currency exchange office, merely showed the stolen passport, and exchanged thousands in travelers checks. passport readers can prevent this from happening. When the operator scans the passport, the information can be compared with international databases and crosschecked against blacklists. This network will identify the passport as stolen property, and the thief will be apprehended. By preventing the thief from stealing even more from his victim, this method also protects the traveler's assets from potential theft.

Passport readers can prevent crime. Using readers in currency exchange bureaus can help put an end to traveler and identity theft and ensure a safer environment for all travelers.


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