7 Features of Passport Scanning that will Benefit your Business
Passport checks are a crucial security measure for many businesses. In some cases, they’re the most complete way to gather necessary customer information. In other cases, they’re required by law and the gathered information must be transferred to local authorities.
Most people will agree that manual passport checks are a tedious task at the best of times. Some businesses have tried to overcome this with dedicated readers. While this is a step in the right direction, these readers often have their own drawbacks. They’re either installed as stationary units or need specialized training to operate. Mobile passport scanning with Mobile OCR (optical character recognition) is often a viable alternative.
You can see for yourself how quick and easy mobile passport scanning is to carry out. Mobile passport scanning is simple and it gives you access to a range of features that can benefit your business. You can see these benefits below:
- Mobile Scanning is Faster Than Humans
- Passport Scanning is Possible on Almost All Mobile Devices
- Passport Scanning Will Make You Agile
- Mobile Passport Scanning Can Extract Data Points
- It Can Improve Your Onboarding Processes
- Passport Scanning with Anyline is Secure
- Mobile Passport Scanning is Highly Accurate
The greatest benefit of mobile passport scanning may be how quickly you can do it. Anyline’s passport scanning seems almost instant, even on older mobile devices.
In tests, we’ve calculated that mobile passport scanning is 20 times faster than manual data entry. This makes a huge difference to workers that are required to oversee passport checks. Mobile scanning gives staff more time in an average work week to concentrate on their most important tasks.
This means they can serve more customers or deliver a higher level of customer service.
For customers, there’s nothing better than fast and reliable service. One of the primary uses for mobile passport scanning is self check-in at hotels. Hotels often need to take passport details of guests and pass the information onto local authorities. The average time of a hotel check-in can be up to 5 minutes.
Anyline has already worked with companies that enable self check-in at hotels with great results. Guests can scan their own passport as part of the check-in process and get to their rooms much faster. Mobile passport scanning is an important factor in this self check-in process and regularly helps guests to get to their rooms in a shorter amount of time than manual hotel check-in.
While passport scanning is relatively new technology, Anyline’s mobile OCR works on hundreds of older devices. On top of that, Anyline’s SDK is supported across multiple platforms. There are stable release versions available for both Android and iOS.
This is a huge benefit if you want to let customers perform scans while taking advantage of your service or product. You can roll out your scanning campaign safe in the knowledge that the majority of smartphones are already supported.
Red Bull have already taken advantage of this fact. They launched their Red Bull Mobile Collect campaign using Anyline’s Mobile OCR technology to let customers scan voucher codes placed on cans. They had issues in the past with campaigns like this. Their customers would often input incorrect codes. They overcame this by letting customers use an app featuring Anyline to scan the codes instead.
Red Bull have a large customer base and had few issues with unsupported devices while running their campaign.
As long as your target audience have video enabled smartphones, then they can perform passport scans with their own device. This means you can include mobile passport scanning in all kinds of processes without the fear of running into a technological roadblock.
Mobile passport scanning using a smartphone has many advantages over using dedicated readers. A major benefit of mobile passport scanning is the agility it offers you.
While it’s possible to scan passports on the go with dedicated devices, most of these readers are larger than your phone. Mobile passport scanning lets you carry a working passport scanner in your pocket. This makes you much more agile as you’re capable of scanning a passport at any time. In a large work environment such as an airport, security is crucial. Staying agile is important to keep services and processes working as normal.
Besides being smaller, smartphones don’t need mains electricity supply or charging docks to function. This can save space in the work environment. You can also avoid the issue of having to charge your dedicated reader on a regular basis. Instead, you can use your smartphone, which you charge as normal.
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. Most 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.
While the goal of Mobile OCR is to make text machine-readable, it’s always useful to have a human-readable version of your critical data too.
Anyline’s mobile passport scanning module extracts important data points from the MRZ of passports and IDs. This makes any scan performed with Anyline simple to understand.
Here are all of the data points that Anyline currently extracts from passport and ID MRZs:
- 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
It can be important to have these extracted data points available when resolving customer issues. You can also make use of this information to understand what type of customer your business is attracting, or losing.
Gathering this information in one scan is one of the fastest ways to build a profile of your customers. It’s quick, but it’s also an effortless way for customers to give you a complete picture of who they are. You can then use this information to improve your service or product based on their needs.
You might offer the best service possible. But it will count for nothing if you can’t onboard enough customers to make your business viable. In a world where we’re plagued by decision fatigue, deciding to sign up for another new service can be a bridge too far. So how do you make sure you get all the onboarding information you need without souring the UX?
Mobile passport scanning offers a novel solution. It’s effortless for your customers to complete but provides you with multiple data points to register them with. Best of all, it’s an almost instant process. This reduces the chances of decision fatigue becoming pronounced and costing you a successful customer registration.
You may have also realised that mobile passport scanning gives your customers the possibility of onboarding themselves from any location. This added flexibility is sure to improve your onboarding rates and lead to more successful registrations.
The majority of Mobile OCR solutions offer a cloud-based service. This is a requirement for their technology but it has noticeable drawbacks. The first disadvantage of cloud-based services is they don’t function without an internet connection. Another major flaw in cloud-based OCR services is security issues. If your smartphone has to be connected to the internet to scan passports, then it’s vulnerable to security breaches.
Passports can contain sensitive data so it’s important to keep your scans as safe as possible. Anyline overcame this issue by creating an SDK that was capable of performing offline scans. None of your scan information is ever uploaded to the cloud during scanning with Anyline. This makes it one of the most secure solutions for mobile passport scanning.
While none of your data is uploaded to the cloud for processing, you can easily upload your data to a secure server once you’ve performed your scan.
Offline scanning also has the advantage of being able to function in areas with poor or no internet connectivity. This means you can still carry out security processes even if internet or power is lost in your building. You can also use mobile passport scanning in places that typically have poor signal such as underground carparks and basements.
One of the biggest benefits of mobile passport scanning is that it’s much more accurate than humans when it comes to processing data. Anyline’s Mobile OCR has an accuracy of over 99% in laboratory conditions. Human accuracy in manual data entry is much lower and anywhere between 70-90% accuracy is considered average or acceptable.
However, you need to ask yourself if it’s ever acceptable to have inaccurate data. Data entry mistakes are not without cost so it’s better to record accurate data the first time you gather it. Mobile OCR is the safest and most accurate way to collect this data the first time around.
When you have an almost perfect data set, you can make more informed decisions about your business and respond better to changes in your customer’s behaviors. Anyline’s passport MRZ scanner can put this data set together for you with speed, accuracy and security.
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.
“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!
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