4 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Passport and ID scanning 2019-02-20T13:57:08+00:00

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4 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Passport and ID scanning

If your business deals with IDs and passports on a daily basis, then this article is exactly for you! I want to take the time and explain our most popular product and its benefits to you step by step!

Lately we’ve been getting a lot of request and questions about our Passports and IDs MRZ Scanning Product. It’s a product that can be of incredible value in a variety of business cases. Like all of our products, it comes as a software development kit and can be implemented in any kind of mobile application. It therefore enables the smartphone to scan the Machine Readable Zone of travel documents like passports and IDs. If you want a refresher on what an OCR SDK actually is, please visit this article.

For the hasty ones, here’s a quick overview of the 4 reasons your business should seriously consider using mobile passport and ID  scanning:

Anyline is 20 times faster than your employee

Scanning a passport or ID works about 20 times faster than typing in
a person’s information manually. The verification of a person’s identity therefore works within the blink of an eye!

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We have a couple of clients in the field of tax refund at airports or stores. Usually they would work with POS terminals. But by switching to mobile scanning, they can skip all the tax-free paper work their customers usually have to fill out. The store owner simply scans the customer’s passport and therefore drastically speeds up the payment and tax-free process.

The smartphone only detects a valid result if the exact matching of all standard info is detected.

No need for expensive MRZ scanning devices

The usual devices for scanning the Machine Readable Zone on a passport or ID are expensive. They vary from €500 up to about €4000. Additionally, most of the times the customer has to pay a yearly maintenance fee.

By enabling MRZ scanning on your smartphone, you don’t have to buy those devices. All you need is a smartphone and a mobile app, where the Anyline SDK can be integrated and you are able to scan. Imagine you need to verify the identity of people entering conferences or for a hotel check in for example. You don’t want to buy expensive reading devices when you could just use your smartphone! Furthermore the usual scanning device are not able to scan copies of passports!

The Anyline Passports and IDs MRZ Scanner can read the passport or ID, as well as a paper copy of it!

Make your business agile

By mobile OCR scanning, you are not bound to a specific reading device. You are still able to move around since you have the smartphone always with you. A use case in this area would be to scan passports for border control. So much time can be saved when you’re agile. Also, scanning works under poor lighting conditions.

Another important point is that the scanned sensible data never leaves the phone if you don’t want it to since scanning works offline.

The following specific data points are extracted and returned on your mobile phone:

  • Expiration Date of the Document
  • Date of Birth
  • Check Digit for the Date of Birth
  • Check Digit for the Expiration Date
  • Country Code
  • Surname
  • All given first names
  • Check Digit for all dates
  • Type of Document
  • Check Digit for document number
  • Person’s gender
  • Final Check Digit for all stored information

In addition a picture of the passport is returned so the information can be double checked. For verifying the identity of a person, you can run the extracted information through your backend database to check if it is correct.

Reduce the drop off rate in your onboarding process significantly

Do you have a mobile B2C app with an onboarding process where users have to type in their data manually? By adding the Passport and ID MRZ Scanner to your app, your customers will be onboarded so much faster and they will actually love the process! Additionally you save time and resources on your side since you don’t need to verify the data manually.

Just let the smartphone do the work for you!

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To sum up all the benefits again:

Scanning works 20x faster than entering the data manually

You don’t need an expensive MRZ scanning devices

You make your business agile

Scanning works offline – no sensible data leaves the phone

Reduce drop off rate significantly

Possible use cases: border control, hotel or venue check-in, onboarding, tax refund, verification process

Anyline is a Gartner Cool Vendor

Gartner, the world wide research institute famous for creating the hype cycle model to predict the maturity of emerging technologies, named Anyline as a Cool Vendor for supply chain execution in 2018.

Gartner Cool Vendors exist across all major areas of technology innovation. Those that stand out, do so because they offer some disruptive capability or opportunity. Anyline has been listed as a Cool Vendor because of their mobile OCR technology. This technology is backed by artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide the most accurate scan possible.

“This is a huge success for us. Gartner are one of the best known research institutes in the tech industry. Their work on the “Magic Quadrant” and the “Hype Cycle” have helped to guide companies for years. Growing enterprises around the world rely on the analysis and reports they provide to choose only the best service providers. To be recognized by them is to receive the gold standard of approval within our field.”

– Anyline CEO, Lukas Kinigadner.

Anyline was recognized by Gartner because our technology supports the digitization of all kinds of data. By removing typing and manual data entry from everyday processes, you can save time, money and resources while also improving your data quality.

Test Your Use Case with the Anyline OCR Scanner App

You can test Anyline’s mobile scanning technology for yourself with our demo App. The Anyline OCR Scanner is a free app available on the App Store and Google Play that will help you to assess your scanning use cases. It includes more than 10 scanning solutions, works offline and has a +99% scan accuracy!


Check it out now and discover the potential to streamline your processes and services with your smartphone!

Try it for Yourself – Start Your Free Anyline Demo Now

Anyline’s mobile scanning technology is available to integrate with your mobile app as a cross-platform SDK. Test out our fully supported solutions on Android, iOS and Windows devices today. Download our SDK and begin your 30-day free trial to see how mobile scanning can revolutionize your services and processes!

The SDK demo includes access to all of the following solutions:

Don’t see a solution for your scanning use case? Get in touch now to discuss your solution!


Save time and money with mobile passport scanning from Anyline. You can improve your customer experience, enhance security and upgrade data capture quality all at the same time. Our technology uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide you with a fast and accurate scanning solution.

You can download our free SDK and begin your 30-day trial today. Integrate it with your own app and test your passport scanning use case.

For more information and details on how to add mobile passport scanning to your app on a permanent basis, get in touch with us. We’re happy to help!

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