Initially offered by 3M, then Gemalto when 3Ms identity management business was acquired by Gemalto in December 2016 bringing around $850 million in value to the brand. Gemalto was subsequently purchased by Thales in early 2019. Thales is an industry leader in many technologies, with seven global divisions. At the time the QS1000 was Gemalto’s device of choice for businesses looking to scan both passports and IDs, but not requiring deeper ID authentication capabilities. It was the device of choice for many banks, hotels, and rental businesses who included ID scanning as part of their check-in processes.
January 1, 2014
Gemalto released 1 the QS1000 ID & passport scanner
January 1, 2014
April 1, 2019
French identity tech company Thales purchases Gemalto
At this time the QS1000 line was folded under the Thales brand
April 1, 2019
July 1, 2020
Thales announces the QS2000 ID & passport scanner
The QS2000 is announced as the product that will supercede the QS1000
July 1, 2020
November 1, 2020
First orders are filled for the QS2000 ID & passport scanner
November 1, 2020
December 23, 2022
Thales ends support for the QS1000 scanner
Customers will need to upgrade their scanning devices
December 23, 2022
Thales elected to end production of the QS1000 upon acquisition of Gemalto. Thales was developing a newer more advanced offering, the Thales QS2000 ID & passport scanner, a highly reliable full page document reader with a new smaller more contemporary designed outer housing.
The QS2000 keeps the QS1000 spirit alive with features to include: 400 DPI camera, Visible and IR image capture, Reads 1D and 2D barcodes, OCR and MRZ support. It is lightweight and durable with no moving parts, and is USB powered.
Designed for capturing driver license data and other travel and identity documents, the Thales QS2000 has a large hooded glass which works exceptionally well in brightly lit or dark environments, such as outdoors (IP54 rating) and bars and restaurants. Documents do not need to be centered on the glass and may be placed at any angle. The QS2000 will auto correct the image alignment and show perfectly straight images on screen. It also provides accurate data capture and auto form fill (software required). Excellent for hospitality, retail, visitor management and many more industries.
Customers who are using the QS1000 scanner are advised to upgrade to the QS2000 ID scanner, as manufacturing support for the QS1000 ended in December 2022, meaning all warranties are void and the manufacturer will no longer provide parts support. Luckily, the QS2000 scanner is fully compatible and can be easily swapped in to replace the sunset QS1000.
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A few weeks ago, we received news that Panasonic was planning to make substantial changes to their ID scanning hardware lineup, including the TOUGHBOOK line. Our team internally began planning for these changes, while awaiting official word from our contacts in the Panasonic HQ.
The N1 has been a staple of the IDScan.net handheld scanning portfolio for some time and is a favorite of bars, nightclubs, casinos, and dispensaries due to its durability. It has been one of our best-selling products for more than two years, and we have many clients who have standardized operations around this portable ID scanner.
We want to reassure our clients of our continued commitment to supporting their ID scanning needs, and provide some guidance on next steps for N1 owners.
When will the N1 be officially sunset?
Panasonic will take its final orders for manufacturing runs of the N1 TOUGHBOOK ID scanner in Summer 2023.
Software support will continue through August 2027.
Hardware and parts support will continue through August 2029.
Will VeriScan continue working on the N1?
Absolutely. You will not experience any changes in service on your existing Panasonic scanner.
Is the warranty on my N1 still valid?
Yes. Your manufacturer’s warranty and any extended warranties you purchased are still valid and will be honored.
Will more Panasonic N1’s be available to purchase?
Panasonic has committed to a final production run of FZN1 TOUGHBOOK line scanners. If you are looking to purchase a backup unit or two, we highly recommend placing an order now with your Account Rep, or through the IDScan.net store. Your N1 order will be added to IDScan.net’s larger bulk purchase, which will ensure you are part of the final production run, and receive an additional scanner.
What alternative handheld scanners do you recommend?
Currently, we are recommending the Zebra TC21 Handheld ID Scanner. It can perform all the same functions as the N1 unit, at a lower price point. We are sourcing custom hard cases for the Zebra scanner to improve durability and longevity in high-volume scanning scenarios. You can compare all of the handheld ID scanners we offer on our Compare ID Scanner page.
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Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably realized that the sale of recreational cannabis is growing rapidly around the country. More than 67% of Americans now support federal legalization, and the industry employs more than 243,000 full time workers. There are also more than 8,550 legal dispensaries with more opening daily. 18 states offer recreational cannabis, and 33 offer medical cannabis.
With the rocket ship growth of the industry, there is great interest and concern in how the industry will verify and secure identity information of potential customers. Recreational cannabis is only available to persons over 21 years of age, but because the industry is so new ID laws have yet to catch up to the stringent requirements for sales of other age-restricted products.
Sales to an underage consumer can put the dispensary license at risk.
This desktop device is one of our most popular ID scanners for dispensaries. It incorporates a sleek design with a large number of capabilities including, full-color image capture, 300 DPI camera which captures full-color images of the customer’s identification. The device is USB powered so it doesn’t need a separate power supply. The M280 also has an onboard mag stripe reader for easy data collection in the event that a full-color image capture is not desired. However, a downside of the E-Seek M280 is…the lack of ability to scan both sides of the ID at the same time, which requires the user to flip over the ID to scan the reverse side, which can take precious time in high volume situations.
Second on the list but first in our hearts is the FZ-N1. This rugged military-grade handheld device is fast and powerful. It features all day battery life with the ability to swap batteries quickly. So it is ideal for high volume dispensaries or dispensaries where the check-in attendant may be moving around and is not sitting behind a stationary desk.
The Panasonic FZ-N1 has WiFi and Bluetooth and available dual SIM cards for use in areas where wifi isn’t available, which also makes it one of the ideal ID scanners for dispensaries who do delivery – since it can be used anywhere. The camera is an 8-megapixel shooter to ensure quality scans every time. It also includes MRZ (machine recognizable zone) read capabilities. We highly recommend this device for front door or exterior customer ID scanning for dispensaries. Unfortunately, the FZ-N1 does not have UV or IR capabilities so the authentication abilities are not as robust as other options.
The AT9000 has been around for many years and has stood the test of time. It has survived 3 corporate buyouts from 3M to Gemalto and is now owned by Thales. It is a desktop device with full-page, full-color image capture. The camera has a 400 DPI resolution for good image capture quality. So if you are looking to import pictures from IDs into a customer profile this is a fantastic option. Many of our dispensary clients like to attach photos to profiles so their budtenders can easily greet customers by name.
The AT9000 features a removable hood which is great for outdoor use. You can also place the identification anywhere on the glass and the software will automatically take a straight squared off image. This is very useful in high-traffic environments when speed is key. It is also great at scanning passports, which some other readers struggle with, which makes it an ideal option if you are a dispensary that receives a lot of international guests, or have customers using passports as their ID. One downside to the AT9000 is also having to flip the image to scan both sides of the ID thus creating an additional step for the user.
This top load, drop in identification desktop scanner is also very popular. It quickly reads both sides of the identification in just 2 seconds and auto ejects the ID once finished. Features include color-coded LED status lights, a 630 DPI camera for excellent quality images, and MRZ (Machine Readable Zones) capabilities. Additionally, the CR5400 captures images in UV and IR light making it an excellent device for authentication. The only issue we encounter with the CR5400 is the need for regular maintenance and cleaning due to its motorized ID ejection system.
This workhorse is the dual-sided ID scanning flagship. It includes full-color ID scans with its onboard 600 DPI camera and also features a magstripe reader. The motorized side load design offers quick and precise ID scanning. It’s so precise we use this scanner with our Age Restricted Vending System – this device simply has all the bells and whistles that will really allow you to verify IDs most accurately.
The downside of the E-Seek M500 is that it is quite large. It takes up a lot of real estate and is a piece that will need a table to stand on.
As you can see, there is a high-quality ID scanner for just about every need for the cannabis industry. Feel free to contact us and a professional expert will assist you in deciding which scanner is right for you.
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