Access IS has announced a low power, compact and lightweight optical character reader (OCR) for passports, identity cards and other OCR-B encoded cards. Called the OCR312, it connects via USB (with type A, mini and micro USB cable options) to most popular handheld portable tablets, data terminals and standard PCs. The OCR312’s low power consumption and ability to revert to sleep mode enable it to operate efficiently with battery powered devices. Keyboard and virtual serial data formats are available via Android® and Windows® drivers.
Depending upon user preference and orientation, passports and cards can be swiped through the OCR312 in either direction, and an audible beep and a bi-colour LED visual indicator confirm a good read. Access’ high-integrity proprietary decoding software, ensures fast and accurate decoded data capture.
The OCR312 reads all documents that comply with ICAO 9303 standards for 2 lines of characters from machine readable passports and visas and 3 lines of characters from machine readable ID cards. A variant, the OCR313, has the addition of a 2 or 3 track magnetic stripe reader (MSR) so that the same device can also be used to read credit and loyalty cards.
The OCR312 is a versatile device that can be used in many applications where identity document capture is required, for instance at check-in queue busting, duty-free shops, car hire depots and hotel registration desks. The OCR312 measures 110 x 46 x 52mm and weighs only 100g, making it particularly suitable for portable applications. Access also provides custom cable lengths, mounting and attachment options.