Card Scanning Solutions Releases the SnapShell® Passport, the Latest in Passport Image Capturing Hardware

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CSSN Inc. dba Card Scanning Solutions has released the latest in passport and driver license capturing solutions, the SnapShell® Passport. This revolutionary technology is able to capture passport size and card size images quickly and accurately by using digital camera technology.

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The SnapShell Passport is a revolutionary solution which enables a highly efficient registration process in any industry

Card Scanning Solutions is a leading software company specializing in image processing, ID reading and OCR (Optical Character Recognition). CSSN has now released the SnapShell® Passport, an advanced passport reading solution utilizing their flagship SnapShell® technology that automates image capturing and processing of documents. This latest solution is able to read passport size and card size images such as drivers licenses, including images from Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRTD). The innovative geometric design of the SnapShell® Passport features a tiny footprint making the SnapShell® Passport the ideal solution in a wide variety of industries such as Security, Financial, Hospitality, and more.

The easy-to-use SnapShell® Passport scanner only requires a USB 2.0 connection and no external power supply. It has no moving parts and does not require calibration, simple to use, easy to implement and requires no maintenance. The user simply needs to place the document face down on the anti-scratch glass window of the scanner and within seconds the image of the document will be captured. The SnapShel® Passport has a CMOS 3.2 mega pixel camera with a color depth of 30 bit RGB ensuring that the captured image is of high quality (up to 300 dpi true color). The SnapShell® Passport also offers multiple light illumination options such as visible light, infrared, and ultraviolet technology; ensuring that it meets the needs of many specialized environments that require these extended features.

Yossi Zekri, President and CEO of Card Scanning Solutions, explains, “Our customers and research identified a specific need for a scaled version of Snapshell® to meet the advanced needs of reading identification documents. The SnapShell® Passport is a revolutionary solution which enables a highly efficient registration process in any industry.”

Like other CSSN hardware options, the SnapShell® Passport comes with a variety of software choices. Bundled with CSSN’s IDScan® software, the complete solution reads and parses information from the Machine Readable Zone line (MRZ) combined with OCR in supported countries. The reading capabilities of the scanner are extensive and it is capable of reading ICAO compliant documents, as well as driver licenses from all 50 US states. Other optional features are the ability to read RF 14443 Type A and B contactless identification cards and ISO 7816 Class A and AB smart cards.

It is simple to integrate the SnapShell® Passport hardware technology directly into your existing software application utilizing the available OCR SDK (Software Development Kit). The SDK includes sample programming code for VB, CSharp, Delphi 6, DotNet, MS VC ++, VB Script, FoxPro, and Borland CPP. CSSN is currently working on additional features for their new SnapShell® Passport which will include smart card and RFID processing, authentication of documentation using Digimark watermark technology.

Additional information on the image processing solutions offered by CSSN, Inc. can be found at

Card Scanning Solutions (CSSN Inc.) has been a leading developer of card reading and image processing technologies since 1999. They are renowned for developing an OCR engine that can read the driver licenses and ID’s from all 50 states and over 40 countries. CSSN Inc. offers valuable solutions that significantly increase productivity, save time and money and result in greater efficiency in a wide variety of industries including Medical, Financial, Hospitality, Security and more.


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