How To Save Time And Resources With Passport Scanning
Mobile passport scanning is a recent innovation. It’s been driven by advances in OCR (optical character recognition) technology and improvements in smartphones. Mobile OCR technology can use a smartphone’s camera to read passport and ID MRZs and extract all data points in an instant. This offers huge opportunities to airports, travel companies and other businesses to start saving time and resources with mobile scanning.
Mobile passport scanning lets you save time because it’s much faster than humans at reading and saving data. On top of that, it can remove mundane tasks such as manual data entry from your business processes. This frees up time for your workforce to concentrate more on delivering high level goods and services.
The benefits of mobile passport scanning are more than twofold however. It can save you money, improve UX and increase your security as well.
You can try it for yourself with a free trial of our SDK or by downloading our showcase app. If you’re not ready to start saving time and resources, read on to see if you can profit in some other way with passport scanning.
Mobile Passport Scanning is Accurate
The biggest difference maker that passport scanning can offer is the improved accuracy that comes when a machine processes passport details rather than a person.
Human reading and recording accuracy can be affected by a large range of factors. Reading mistakes, typing mistakes, proofing mistakes, and fatigue can affect anyone, no matter how well trained or qualified they are.
In contrast, mobile OCR solutions like Anyline can read and record passport information with a +99% accuracy rate in laboratory conditions. This translates into a highly accurate OCR solution in real world scenarios.
This increase in accuracy over human processing is valuable to both businesses and customers. Businesses and brands lose money every year because of poor data. One study suggests that poor data quality cost brands up to 6% of their revenue in 2015. In 2016, a different study claimed that bad data was costing the US economy €3 trillion. In addition, a 2017 study suggests that 84% of CEOs are doubtful of the data quality they receive and base decisions on.
Bad data is a huge concern for the business world. Mobile passport scanning can help to improve this data quality thanks to its high levels of accuracy. Accuracy is also a huge bonus when you consider that passport scanning is an activity usually related to security processes.
Anyline’s passport scanning technology is the perfect tool for this type of process. It’s a reliable solution that works under all conditions. Anyline’s mobile OCR even works without an internet connection. It processes all scan information on device. This means you can perform scans at anytime and in all locations. You just need to find a secure connection before uploading your scan data to your back end. This is far more secure than cloud-based OCR solutions which need to expose your scan data to the internet in order to get results.
Mobile Passport Scanning Makes You More Agile
Until now, having the agility to scan passports from multiple locations meant using a dedicated device. These devices are clunky, expensive and require special training to use. They also require dedicated charging docks that take up space in the work environment.
When we designed Anyline, we wanted to create a technology that was capable of true edge computing. As mentioned, Anyline doesn’t require an internet connection in order to function. This means you can take it anywhere you need to perform mobile scans, including places that don’t receive data connections.
In fact, you can even use Anyline in the dark. The SDK automatically activates your phone’s torch when it doesn’t have enough light to perform a scan.
Having this kind of power in your mobile device adds a new layer of agility to your workforce. With mobile passport scanning, it’s possible to create a new security checkpoint or point of service for your customers in an instant. All you need is a smartphone with mobile passport scanning enabled. Dedicated readers can’t come close to offering this kind of agility to businesses. With Anyline, you can be as agile as you like without fear of your scanning processes being interrupted.
Mobile Passport Scanning Lets You Extract Data Points
One of the biggest benefits of mobile passport scanning is the ability to extract data points from the scans you perform. Anyline lets you extract up to 14 different data points including:
- 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
- Expiration Date of the Document
- Date of Birth
- Check Digit for the Date of Birth
- Check Digit for the Expiration Date
- Country Code
This information can help with a number of different processes but most businesses want to take advantage of this data to improve their onboarding processes.
By integrating mobile passport scanning in your mobile app, your customers can sign up for services in an instant. Once they scan their passport, you’ll have enough information to create a profile for them.
This method of onboarding has a number of advantages over typing. First of all, you can collect vital information about customers without having them fill out a profile or by pestering them with surveys and polls. You can also be assured that you’re receiving valid information as it comes from an individual’s ID.
The other main benefit of this onboarding process is that it’s super easy for customers to complete. This improved user experience should make the entire onboarding process smoother for customers and businesses alike.
Mobile Scanning is Easy to Perform & Works On Almost All Devices
Mobile scanning, in addition to being highly effective and reliable, is simple to perform. Anyline comes equipped with a range of features that make it as easy as possible to pick up and use.
For targets like passports and IDs, you can place them on a table or hold them in one hand while you point your smartphone at them. Anyline will then provide you with the feedback you need to successfully complete your scan.
Once your scan target is within the scope of your camera, Anyline will provide a cut-out area for the scan target. When the scan target is lined up inside the cut-out, Anyline will automatically take a scan. There’s no need to click to activate the mobile OCR technology. Anyline also provides additional warnings if the camera is shaking or the scan target isn’t correctly aligned.
The Anyline mobile OCR SDK is supported on a large range of devices for iOS and Android. As well as that, the SDK can be integrated with frameworks such as React Native, Cordova and Xamarin. This means you can create cross-platform versions of your mobile passport scanning app with ease.
How Global Blue Took Advantage of Mobile Passport Scanning
Replace Stationary Devices with Mobile Scanning
Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are constantly increasing their capabilities. This has seen stores progressively adopt mobile devices as working tools, replacing costly and cumbersome stationary devices. This ongoing trend has been remarkable during the last five years in the USA, with Europe catching up fast. Nowadays, many merchants don’t even own a till. They’d rather work with mobile devices only.
Global Blue, in line with the times, thought of complying with the current trend. They wanted to develop a solution that would satisfy their customers and benefit their workforce.
A Complete Mobile Solution
Global Blue gathers shoppers’ personal information from their passport & credit card. This includes the details of the purchase and amount spent. It then provides the Tax Free Form that’s needed to claim back VAT on purchases when a visitor leaves the country.
With IC2, Global Blue launches a new generation of in-store tax free solutions. This expanded range of features includes IC2 Mobile, their new mobile application.
During development, the vision was to find the best technology that would allow mobile devices to accomplish what stationary devices do. Despite the fact that today’s tablets & smartphones have the same capabilities as PC-based systems, there were still some obstacles to overcome. How can typing errors, that are more likely to occur without a hard case keyboard, be corrected? How can the scanning of passports and credit cards be implemented with a mobile device? And what kind of technology would enable the high quality scanning of photocopied documents carried by shoppers?
Use OCR to Scan Passports and Credit Cards
The IC2 Mobile solution features Anyline as scanning technology. Sales staff can easily capture all details from a traveller’s passport & credit card simply by using the camera included in their mobile device.
Anyline scans the documents, reads them, and is able to automatically complete the Tax Free Form using the provided data. This process avoids tedious and error-prone handwriting or typing. The entire process is complete in seconds and allows both shoppers and merchants to save precious time and enjoy a unique customer experience.
Additionally, Anyline includes an offline issuing mode. This allows scans to be done, refunds to be calculated and Tax Free Forms to be issued, even if a merchant’s internet connection is lost.
IC2 Mobile from Global Blue is an innovative way to use mobile devices for in-store tax free procedures. Anyline has been chosen because it’s the best, most reliable, and efficient solution to power the application.
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.
Download the Free 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:
- License plate scanning
- Passport MRZ scanning
- Utility meter scanning
- Serial number scanning
- Document scanning
- Driving license scanning
- And more!
Don’t see a solution for your scanning use case? Get in touch now to discuss your solution!
Add Mobile Passport Scanning to Your App!
Create your own passport scanning app with Anyline. Mobile scanning helps you bridge the gap between your analog and digital data. You can optimize time-intensive processes and remove redundant tasks from the daily routine of your business in an instant.
Talk to the Anyline team today and find out how you can save time & money with mobile text recognition technology. Our passport scanning solution is fully supported and ready for deployment in your app!
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