A Smart Combination

The TSSL Solutions MS500 ePassport readers are designed to meet the latest demands in document reading technology from complex immigration tasks to basic data acquisition. All readers provide outstanding image quality and highly accurate English and Traditional/Simplified Chinese optical character recognition (OCR). The TSSL Solutions MS500 Compact ePassport reader inspects travel documents, including chip embedded biometric passport booklets. It captures image and OCR data of the whole document data page, and at the same time it reads the content of the RFID chip in the ePassport. Customer satisfaction is increased by its automation of data and image capturing process for travel and identification document.



  • Automatic document capture
  • Automatic document type detection
  • Multiple illumination support (Visible, IR, UV)
  • RFID support – Reads ePassport chip data qucikly, regardless of the chip position
  • Automatic face photo comparison on ePassport
  • High resolution color image of whole document data page
  • Photo extraction – an isolated photo of document holder can be saved
  • High accuracy of OCR data capture – Reads both English and Simplified/Traditional Chinese Characters when in used with 3rd party Chinese OCR engine
  • Reading 1D and 2D bar codes from printed documents and mobile phones
  • Reflection-free optical system
  • Durable & Reliable
  • Easy integration and flexibility.  Cover-less version could be used in various embedded application

Additional Information

Size180 mm x 175 mm x 145 mm (7.09" x 6.89" x 7.71")
Weight1.1kg (2.43lb)
Active Scan Area125 mm x 88 mm (4.92" x 3.46")
Image Resolution500 DPI
IlluminationsVisible White, IR (B900), UVA (Optional) - all are LED based
Provided ImagesVisible, IR, UV, OVD image, glare-free image (Reflection Removal function)
Image FormatsBMP, JPEG, JPEG2000, PNG
MRZ OCR readingIncluded (ICAO 9303)
VIZ OCR readingZones defined by user
1D Barcode readingUPC-A, EAN8, EAN13, Code39, Code128, ITF
2D Barcode readingPDF417, Data Matrix, QR Code, Aztec Code
RFID Support- Single-step reading: RFID chip is detected regardless of the chip location in the document
- Supported RFID chip types: All ISO 14443 A/B, all standardized rates up to 848Kbps;
ICAO recommendations in ICAO Doc 9303
- BAC, EAC, AA, PA and PACE Support
- Two SAM slots available, one easily accessable and one is secured
Smart Card Support (Optional)- Supported standards: ISO 7816 & EMV 2000 Level 1
- Supported card types: ISO 7816 Class A, AB and C (Optional)
Magnetic Stripe Support (Optional)Supported standards: reads data that meets relevant ANSI, ISO and AAMVA standards
Advanced Authentication Checks- MRZ checksum validation
- MRZ vs. VIZ comparing (Optional, requires additional teaching)
- MRZ vs. DG1 comparing
- Face Photo vs. DG2 comparison
- Expiry date check
- B900 ink check
- UV dull paper check
- Automatic pattern matching under Normal, UV and IR light (Optional, requires additional teaching)
Passport Photo ExtractionYes
TWAIN driver supportYes
InterfaceUSB 2.0
USB 2.0 ports for external devicesTwo
Number of status LEDsFour status LEDs (blue, green, yellow, red), three are programmable
Power SupplyUniversal external power supply included (100-240V AC, 50/60Hz)
Operating temperature+5°C to +45°C
Humidity0-95% (non-condensing)
Case MaterialHighly durable ABS -PC plastic
IP RateIP53
Kensington Security SlotYes
Supported Operating SystemsWindows® 7 (32/64bit), Vista (32/64bit), XP (32/64bit), Server 2003 (32/64bit), Server 2008 R2 (32/64 bit), Linux (Optional)
Programming LanguagesC/C++, C#, Visual Basic, Delphi, VB.NET, Java
* Technical specifications are subject to change without prior notice.


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