MRZ

The Machine-Readable Zone (MRZ) of an identity document is something that most people take little to no notice of when they hand their passport or other official ID document over for verification.

During the 1980s, the identity page of the world’s main travel document – the passport – was overhauled with the addition of two lines of seemingly randomised letters, numbers and symbols.

These lines of code are the “Machine-Readable Zone” are crucial to the robustness of the ID document. Look closely and you’ll see that they contain the same information about the passport owner as is shown on the rest of the identity page. The difference is that the MRZ is designed to be read by a machine.

Passports and official ID documents like national ID cards and Driver’s Licenses have to be formatted in a way that allows for standard verification by different entities. Passports in particular have to be recognized correctly by all modern airports in the world, and this means that the content and structure of the identity page has to be consistent. To ensure they are standardized, they comprise of two parts – the Visual Inspection Zone (VIZ), and the Machine-Readable Zone (MRZ).

Related Products

  • The Thales Gemalto AT10K is the latest in the Document Reader product line.  It inspect, authenticate or capture data from electronic travel and identity documents quickly and reliably with the Gemalto Document Reader AT10K.

    Designed for use in demanding border management scenarios, it also serves banking, hospitality, travel and any other industries where you need accurate and reliable document and ID verification and reading. The design of the Gemalto AT10K is based on detailed and exhaustive analysis of field experience and numerous deployed projects. With a new “landing lights” LED feedback arrangement and document hold down clip it naturally encourages the correct placement and use of the reader, regardless if the user is left or right handed, maximizing first time read rate for faster customer processing.

    Comprehensive Software Features
    • Uses the same API interface as other Gemalto document readers using Gemalto Document Reader SDK
    • Flexible software interface allows host application to select which illumination sources to use, image type, image compression, photo extraction, reflection or ambient light elimination, color enhancement, which data groups to read, etc.
    • Simple high level API for quick program development or detailed low level API for fine control of all reader functions. SDK provides full configuration API
    • Contactless IC reading for ePassports (LDS 1.7 & 1.8) including basic access control (BAC), passive/active authentication (PA/AA), Chip Authentication (CA), Terminal Authentication (TA), extended access control (EAC v1/v2), supplementary access control (SAC) and PACE-CAM are supported. The SDK provides writing capability using APDUs
    • Contactless IC reading for eDL & iDL (electronic driving licenses) up to DG14 including basic access control (BAP v1), Password Authenticated Connection Establishment (PACE), passive/active authentication (PA/AA), Chip Authentication (CA), Terminal Authentication (TA), supplementary access control (SAC) and extended access control (EAC v1) are supported

    • Full SDK including DLLs, code examples, utilities and demonstration programs. Can be used with Visual C++®, Java® and Microsoft® .NET Framework for Visual Basic® .NET and Visual C#® Reading Capability
    The Gemalto Document Reader AT10K reads the following documents:
    • ICAO compliant documents in near infrared (IR) per ICAO 9303 specification
    • One line Driving Licenses in near infrared (IR) per ISO18013 part 2 specification
    • 1D barcodes (2 of 5 interleaved, 2 of 5 industrial, Code 128, Code 39, EAN-8 and EAN-13)
    • 2D barcodes used on BCBP and other documents (PDF 417, QR Code®, DataMatrix™ and Aztec formats) from paper documents and many mobile devices
    Illumination.

    The reader illuminates documents in multiple wavelengths:
    • Near IR B900: 880nm, +/-5%
    • White visible: 430-700nm
    • Ultraviolet (UVA): 365nm

    Features
    • Reads and images multiple types of documents in Visible, Infrared
    and Ultra-violet light using 36-bit color and true-color
    image matching technology
    • High resolution 550 dpi option includes high speed USB 3.1
    Type-C™ host port enabling fast image captures2
    • Reads documents and barcodes placed at any rotation on the
    glass and presents images correct way up based on features
    in document
    • Anti-glare technology eliminates image artifacts due to laminate
    or OVDs
    • OCR data capture of the Machine Readable Zone (MRZ)
    • Auto-triggering of document capture – presence of document is
    automatically detected
    • Hoodless operation in many environments (kiosk mode)
    • User removable hood and optional document spine hold down
    clip provide flexibility for the user to operate in their preferred
    style
    • Internally sealed optical chamber prevent dust ingress
    • Low scratch, low-iron, fully bonded glass with oleophobic
    coating for low maintenance & easy cleaning
    • Chemically Strengthened Glass without Oleophobic coating
    option for advanced durability
    • Powered from USB or external power supply
    • Complete access to OCR data and images captured via
    Software Development Kit (SDK)
    • Access to images as BMP, PNG or JPEG format
    • Windows® 7, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10, macOS and
    Linux® compatible1
    • Integrated USB 2.0 Hub – 2 ports for external peripherals

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    The Thales Gemalto AT10K is the latest in the Document Reader product line.  It inspect, authenticate or capture data from electronic travel and identity documents quickly and reliably with the Gemalto Document Reader AT10K.

    Designed for use in demanding border management scenarios, it also serves banking, hospitality, travel and any other industries where you need accurate and reliable document and ID verification and reading.
    The design of the Gemalto AT10K is based on detailed and exhaustive analysis of field experience and numerous deployed projects. With a new “landing lights” LED feedback arrangement and document hold
    down clip it naturally encourages the correct placement and use of the reader, regardless if the user is left or right handed, maximizing first time read rate for faster customer processing.

    Comprehensive Software Features
    • Uses the same API interface as other Gemalto document readers using Gemalto Document Reader SDK
    • Flexible software interface allows host application to select which illumination sources to use, image type, image compression, photo extraction, reflection or ambient light elimination, color enhancement, which data groups to read, etc.
    • Simple high level API for quick program development or detailed low level API for fine control of all reader functions. SDK provides full configuration API
    • Contactless IC reading for ePassports (LDS 1.7 & 1.8) including basic access control (BAC), passive/active authentication (PA/AA), Chip Authentication (CA), Terminal Authentication (TA), extended access control (EAC v1/v2), supplementary access control (SAC) and PACE-CAM are supported. The SDK provides writing capability using APDUs
    • Contactless IC reading for eDL & iDL (electronic driving licenses) up to DG14 including basic access control (BAP v1), Password Authenticated Connection Establishment (PACE), passive/active authentication (PA/AA), Chip Authentication (CA), Terminal Authentication (TA), supplementary access control (SAC) and extended access control (EAC v1) are supported

    • Full SDK including DLLs, code examples, utilities and demonstration programs. Can be used with Visual C++®, Java® and Microsoft® .NET Framework for Visual Basic® .NET and Visual C#® Reading Capability
    The Gemalto Document Reader AT10K reads the following documents:
    • ICAO compliant documents in near infrared (IR) per ICAO 9303 specification
    • One line Driving Licenses in near infrared (IR) per ISO18013 part 2 specification
    • 1D barcodes (2 of 5 interleaved, 2 of 5 industrial, Code 128, Code 39, EAN-8 and EAN-13)
    • 2D barcodes used on BCBP and other documents (PDF 417, QR Code®, DataMatrix™ and Aztec formats) from paper documents and many mobile devices
    Illumination.

    The reader illuminates documents in multiple wavelengths:
    • Near IR B900: 880nm, +/-5%
    • White visible: 430-700nm
    • Ultraviolet (UVA): 365nm

    Features
    • Reads and images multiple types of documents in Visible, Infrared
    and Ultra-violet light using 36-bit color and true-color
    image matching technology
    • High resolution 550 dpi option includes high speed USB 3.1
    Type-C™ host port enabling fast image captures2
    • Reads documents and barcodes placed at any rotation on the
    glass and presents images correct way up based on features
    in document
    • Anti-glare technology eliminates image artifacts due to laminate
    or OVDs
    • OCR data capture of the Machine Readable Zone (MRZ)
    • Auto-triggering of document capture – presence of document is
    automatically detected
    • Hoodless operation in many environments (kiosk mode)
    • User removable hood and optional document spine hold down
    clip provide flexibility for the user to operate in their preferred
    style
    • Internally sealed optical chamber prevent dust ingress
    • Low scratch, low-iron, fully bonded glass with oleophobic
    coating for low maintenance & easy cleaning
    • Chemically Strengthened Glass without Oleophobic coating
    option for advanced durability
    • Powered from USB or external power supply
    • Complete access to OCR data and images captured via
    Software Development Kit (SDK)
    • Access to images as BMP, PNG or JPEG format
    • Windows® 7, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10, macOS and
    Linux® compatible1
    • Integrated USB 2.0 Hub – 2 ports for external peripherals

  • The Gemalto Document Reader AT9000 MK2 is designed to Inspect,
    authenticate or capture data from electronic travel and identity
    documents quickly and reliably in a wide variety of government
    and commercial applications. With a standard 400 DPI camera it also is available with a high resolution 10 megapixel (Mp) camera providing images up to 720 dots per inch (DPI) for superior document
    authentication.

    KEY FEATURES & FUNCTIONALITY
    • Multiple document reading and imaging using true-color image matching
    • Anti-Glare technology eliminates image artifacts due to laminate or OVDs
    • Multiple wavelength illumination – Visible, Infra Red, Ultra Violet and Gemalto Confirm™ Security Laminate
    • Anywhere placement of ID cards
    • Configurable image resolution up to 400 or 720DPI
    • OCR data capture of the Machine Readable Zone (MRZ)
    • Complete access to OCR data and images captured via Software Development Kit (SDK)
    • Access to images as BMP, PNG or JPEG format
    • Hoodless operation in many environments1
    • Auto-triggering of document capture – presence of document is automatically detected
    • Windows® 7, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10, macOS and Linux® compatible2
    • USB 2.0 high speed compatible
    • Integrated USB 2.0 Hub – 2 ports for external peripherals (magnetic strip reader, 2D barcode gun, etc.)
    • Rugged design, no moving parts and internally sealed optical chamber to prevent dust ingress
    • Carbon (optional) glass coating to help reduce scanning surface scratching
    • Powered from a single USB or external power

  • The Gemalto Document Reader AT9000 MK2 is designed to Inspect,
    authenticate or capture data from electronic travel and identity
    documents quickly and reliably in a wide variety of government
    and commercial applications. With a standard 400 DPI camera it also is available with a high resolution 10 megapixel (Mp) camera providing images up to 720 dots per inch (DPI) for superior document
    authentication.

    KEY FEATURES & FUNCTIONALITY
    • Multiple document reading and imaging using true-color image matching
    • Anti-Glare technology eliminates image artifacts due to laminate or OVDs
    • Multiple wavelength illumination – Visible, Infra Red, Ultra Violet and Gemalto Confirm™ Security Laminate
    • Anywhere placement of ID cards
    • Configurable image resolution up to 400 or 720DPI
    • OCR data capture of the Machine Readable Zone (MRZ)
    • Complete access to OCR data and images captured via Software Development Kit (SDK)
    • Access to images as BMP, PNG or JPEG format
    • Hoodless operation in many environments1
    • Auto-triggering of document capture – presence of document is automatically detected
    • Windows® 7, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10, macOS and Linux® compatible2
    • USB 2.0 high speed compatible
    • Integrated USB 2.0 Hub – 2 ports for external peripherals (magnetic strip reader, 2D barcode gun, etc.)
    • Rugged design, no moving parts and internally sealed optical chamber to prevent dust ingress
    • Carbon (optional) glass coating to help reduce scanning surface scratching
    • Powered from a single USB or external power

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