The future of passport scanners

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Last updated on June 11th, 2024 at 11:53 am

Passport scanners have in the past been expensive and hefty. Scanning passports is essential to verifying a person’s identity, and they have come a long way to get where they are today. The combination of the QS2000 and our VeriScan platform means exciting things for the future of passport scanners. Since checking IDs is essential, we developed an age verification software called VeriScan, which is “a visitor management tool with built in age verification and fake ID detection software. It can be used to scan IDs, verify age (18, 21, etc.) for age restricted venues, create visitor profiles, and check against existing lists such as banned or VIP.” 

Similar to the transformation of AT9K to AT10K by Thales, these passport scanners have improved its features over time. The Thales AT9K has features, such as capturing images of IDs and passports, taking 15.3 seconds to authenticate an ID, and reliability in harsh environments. The Thales AT10K, on the other hand, has features, such as reading and scanning 1D and 2D barcodes, using a range of illuminations (e.g., UV & Scanning passports), taking 11.9 seconds to authenticate an ID, and supporting biometrically-enabled documents like mobile IDs. Essentially, the AT9K scanner was the sunset for the AT10K scanner. 

Just like the Thales AT9K and AT10K, the passport scanning product QS1000 has helped build QS2000 into what it is now, becoming the future of passport scanners. The QS1000 has many features, namely reading of multiple document types; enabling of images to be accessed in multiple forms such as JPEG, PNG, or BMP; and detecting documents automatically. After the QS1000 was created, the QS2000 was made in a new and improved manner. The QS2000 includes features such as detecting documents automatically, sealing of product for dust prevention, and much more. Although these two models have similar features, the QS2000 is a more developed version of the QS1000. 

Thales has revolutionized the industry with their newest product launch: The QS2000. The QS2000 by Thales has taken the technology to the next level, all while making the device sleek and more affordable than ever before. The scanner’s compact size and contemporary design makes fast data capture easy and accessible and is the future of passport scanners.

Future of passport scanners: about the QS2000

The QS2000 is the go-to passport scanner for any commercial business. This scanner can read any passport, capture data from drivers licenses, electronic travel and identity documents quickly and reliably.

The QS2000 combines three operations into one device.

  • It reads the MRZ (machine readable zone) code found on any international passport
  • It provides imaging capabilities to help keep a copy of identification on file
  • Reads 2D barcodes including all USA and Canada driver’s licenses issued

This scanner is key to age verification and customer onboarding processes. This scanner would be a great fit for businesses such as hotels, casinos, liquor stores, bars, and rental car companies.

Passport scanner features 

The QS2000 can read multiple document types and capture their images in 24-bit color. The device also has 400 DPI high resolution imaging and complete access to OCR data and images captured via SDK. The scanner enables images to be accessed as a BMP, PNG, or JPEG format. The QS2000 has auto-triggering of document capture once the presence of a document is detected. The rugged design has no moving parts, and an internally sealed optical chamber prevents dust ingress over time. The scanner is USB-powered only and doesn’t require an external power supply. The QS2000 gives you the option to scan in visible/white light and infrared light.


The device weighs 1.7 pounds and can run on Windows® 7, Windows® 8.1, and Windows® 10. The QS2000 can read 1D and 2D barcodes (PDF 417, QRCode®, DataMatrix™, and Aztec formats) in addition to MRZ and OCR. It connects to a USB 2.0 or USB 3 high speed compatible via high speed USB 3.1 Type-C™ host port. The Device gets its power from a single USB 5000mA port. The scanner comes in at a size of 7.3″ L x 6.0″ W x 5.2″ H and has a large open document area to make front document scanning easy.

Software pairings

ParseLink: highly customizable data and image capture software that will scan driver’s license, state ID, or passport information directly to ANY field entry program, including MS Excel, Access, Outlook, QuickBooks, ERP software, CRM software, visitor management systems (Yardi) or web forms.

VeriScan: an age verification, visitor management, and data capture software built for computers running Windows. It is an effective and easy-to-operate ID scanning system with the ability to capture photo images via a connected camera. Collect, update, and maintain your visitors’ records with an easy-to-use interface. Export data in multiple formats including csv., print badges, save log entries, set up custom alerts, and more.


What is this scanner used for?

The QS2000 is used for reading passports, capturing data from drivers licenses, electronic travel and identity documents quickly and reliably.

What businesses would benefit from this scanner?

This scanner is key to parsing information from various documents, verifying age, and capturing the document image. This scanner would be a great fit for businesses such as hotels, casinos, liquor stores, bars, and rental car companies.

How has this scanner revolutionized passport scanning?

This scanner has increased the capability of passport scanning while decreasing the cost to the consumer. This makes passport scanners more effective and more accessible to most commercial businesses.