The world is getting more mobile. Even despite the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of international migrants keeps growing. As evaluated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in its latest report, by the beginning of 2021 there were 281 million people living outside their country of origin. And this number has more than tripled in the last 50 years. The current migration crisis in Europe, that has recently been the largest destination for international migrants – accounting for nearly 31% of the international migrant population according to the IOM – is posing a new challenge.
Such a level of mobility of the world’s population imposes an additional load on law-enforcement agencies, especially on border control services. The national authorities have to verify the identities of all the migrants that come to their countries. However, for the most part, this is only feasible when the authentication is being done at a designated control point. But when it comes to big waves of migration, or when people migrate to neighboring countries within a larger region with a unified security perimeter, such as the European Union, for example, the ability to monitor migration streams becomes a real challenge. In some cases there are no border control points at all, in others, there is a need to verify documents on the go — in trains and buses, at mobile control points, etc.
And here law-enforcement bodies face a pain point: how to enable a proper identity verification when it is impossible to carry out stationary authentication of documents? In theory, an officer might rely on forensic magnifiers that are easily portable. But without knowing exactly which security elements a foreign identity document must have, it’s not that easy to tell a forgery from a real document. The best possible solution in such a situation is a full functionality mobile document reader.
To address this problem, Regula has recently introduced a mobile workstation, Regula 7310. As of today, it is the only portable device that enables accurate document and biometric data verification anywhere and in all situations. Regula 7310 is packed with the latest technology and necessary light sources to enable reading of nearly any possible identity document. The workstation operates with Regula Document Reader SDK, an identity verification software developed in-house, based on advanced optical character recognition (OCR) technology.
The verification process works like this: Regula 7310 scans a document under white, ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light, defines its type, and detects machine-readable zones (MRZ), RFID chips or barcodes, if present. Then a relevant document template is automatically chosen from the world’s largest document template database that Regula owns and develops to compare the given ID and prove that it’s valid and legitimate. After that, Regula SDK captures and extracts data from the MRZ, RFID chips, barcodes and visual zones, processes it and cross-compares to all the data zones in the document. This allows the user to check whether some piece of information has been altered and, in turn, detect a doctored document.
Regula 7310 is able to check all the necessary security features in an identity document, such as luminescence of paper, the presence of optical variable devices (OVDs) e.g. holograms, and latent images, transparency of various elements of the document in the IR spectrum, etc.
Alongside from verifying an identity document, Regula 7310 enables a user to obtain biometrics with a fingerprint scanner and a face matching module. Regula SDK accurately identifies a person and whether a document belongs to this individual. The software compares the photo taken using the workstation camera to the photo from the document (including a photo from an RFID chip).
The software of Regula 7310 can be operated via the Regula Document Reader application, or it can be integrated into third-party Android applications. The whole process of recognition, processing and verification is carried out by the software, so an Internet connection is not required. And this is another major advantage when it comes to effective identity verification on the go.
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