Combo Scan

is an extremely compact, fast and fully automated ID and passport scanner designed for data entry applications. Its accuracy and efficiency combined with ease of use ensures peace of mind for any business where scanning and authentication of IDs or passport are required. Hotel check-in, casinos, car rental or retail locations and liquor stores are just a few of the areas of use.

The scanning process automatically starts when the document is placed in the reader. Several, high resolution images are captured, processed, and even the glossy reflections caused by laminated documents are removed for the best OCR results. Within two seconds not only OCR, (optional) RFID chip and bar code data but the authentication checks are also available. This saves a lot of time – approximately 2-3 minutes per customer – and greatly improves the accuracy of the data compared to manual input. Maintenance-free operation is ensured by the no-moving parts design. The scanner operates on a single USB; no external power supply is required.
Combo Scan offers:
  • Reduction of data entry errors and counterfeit ID acceptance

Combo Scan provides solution for common problems by:
  • Easy P&P implementation without special training
  • High reliability, no moving parts
  • Reading both ICAO MRZ and general VIZ from ID cards
  • Several property management system software

Combo Scan is ideal for:
  • Simple integration with any existing government or commercial workflow through flexible SDK

Combo Scan features full page ID-1, passport and visa MRZ scanning with LED-based visible white and IR illumination, triggered by automatic document detection and resulting in high-resolution 500 PPI imaging and RFID chip reading. The device is powered by and communicates via a single USB connection and utilizes OVD visualization and Reflection Removal (RR) technology to aid OCR and verification. Combo Scan is compatible with Windows and Linux, uses standard TWAIN interface and comes with comprehensive development support in C/C++, C#, Visual Basic, .NET, Java.


Active scan area 125 mm × 55 mm (4.92" × 2.17")
Illumination sources LED visible white, IR (B900)
Image resolution 500 PPI
Provided images Visible, IR, OVD image, glare-free image
Image formats BMP, JPG, JPG2000 and PNG
Image color depth 24 bits/pixels [RGB, 8 bits/pixels (IR image)]
Automatic Document Detection (ADD) YES
Reflection Removal (RR) YES
ICAO MRZ reading ICAO compliant documents per ICAO 9303 specification Part 1, Part 1v2, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 3v2 for Type ID-1, ID-2 and ID-3 MRZ Optical Character Recognition
VIZ reading Available, based on user-defined fields
Contactless IC (RFID) option Reading and writing contactless ICs according to: ISO 14443 Type A & B, All standardized rates up to 848 Kbps
Barcode reading 1D: UPC-A, EAN8, EAN13, Code39, Code128 and ITF 
2D: PDF 417, Data Matrix, QR Code, Aztec Code 
From paper based documents and mobile devices 
AAMVA compliant PDF417 and IATA BCBP
Supported operation systems Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista (32/64 bit, WHQL certified) 
32/64 bit Server 2008 R2 and Server 2003 
Linux (ask for details)
Software Development Kit (SDK) Complete SDK including DLLs and demo programs
Programming languages C/C++, C#, Visual Basic 6.0, Delphi, VB.NET, Java
General interfaces ARH native, Twain
Advanced Document Authentication Module Data consistency checks: MRZ vs. VIZ vs. Bar codes IR B900 check
PC connection USB2.0 high speed
Status indicators Three programmable status LEDs (yellow, red, green)
Internal memory Storing factory calibration
Firmware upgrade Automatic, via USB
Size (width × depth × height) 152 mm × 130 mm × 82 mm (5.98" × 5.12" × 3.23")
Weight 0.6 kg (1.32 lbs)
Operating temperature 5 °C – 45 °C (45 °F – 113 °F)
Operating humidity 0-95% (non-condensing)
Power supply From USB, no external power supply is required
IP rate IP53
Case Sturdy ABS-PC plastic
Security Kensington® security slot
Window glass 4 mm tempered glass
Compliances FCC, CE, WEEE, RoHS
Maintenance No moving parts, maintenance-free operation
Warranty 2-year warranty, upgradeable


Technical specifications are subject to change without prior notice. This document does not constitute an offer.

Identity- or travel document reading and authentication rely on specifically developed software that is capable of performing optical character recognition (OCR), barcode reading, data recording and security verifications; as well as on scanner hardware that executes illuminations in various wavelengths, captures the necessary images and signals from any embedded RFID, or optionally, from contact chips and magnetic stripes. Hardware and software must work in a well-defined unison to perform a complete identification check and data recording in one-to-two seconds by a qualified ID scanning device.

passport reading process Reading, data and image capture, and authentication automatically begin when the identity document is placed on the device’s scanning surface. Depending on the specific model, different levels of ID verification and data recording are performed during this time.

Many scanners are designed to complete OCR not just on the machine readable zone (MRZ) but also on the visual inspection zone (VIZ) of the documents. During the OCR, the reading device captures the MRZ, VIZ and barcode data, and includes it in its output along with a record of the recognized document type. The recorded characters are forwarded to compile the necessary identity data and are also used to assist with security mechanisms such as checksum functions.

Further authentication is made possible by visible, infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (UV) illumination and image rendering; and by comparing the barcode data, holographic security features and ID photo with the digital information stored on the document’s chip or magnetic stripe – depending on the type of ID verified and scanner used. The displayed results can summarize the different steps of verification procedure, OCR checksum, VIZ and barcode reading and optionally the passive and active authentications performed on the e-passport’s or other document’s RFID.

While ARH’s ID and e-passport scanners autonomously manage the document reading and security procedures with the help of their provided software development kit (SDK), providing the necessary database for ID certification is normally the task of the partner systems integrator who develops the customized application for the specific end user. The SDK also offers several demo application, but since every project is different in its scope and requirements, the integrators are encouraged to provide the vital user interface for the given project that involves document reading and authentication.


The identity document readers of ARH currently assist in fast and error-free personal data acquisitions, ID and passport verifications, and quality control applications at several thousand sites around the world. The company’s devices help to make the processing of travelers and employees quick and secure at many airport, border crossings and embassies. Many hotels, banks and even self-service application benefit from the ARH document scanner’s ability to rapidly gather and transfer the necessary identity data for various commercial roles. Document issuing agencies of several governments also use the readers’ ability for final checks prior to releasing the newly issued IDs and passports.


ARH identity document reader packages normally contain the following components:
• ID or ePassport reading unit
• Functions libraries
• Demo and test applications
• Tutorial and sample applications both in executable and source code forms
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COMBO SCAN BROCHURE pdf   Product description in PDF
ID READERS AND BIOMETRICS CATALOG pdf   The complete list of ID readers and biometric products
ARH PRODUCT CATALOG pdf   Comprehensive brochure showcasing all of our traffic, license plate recognition, passport, travel document, ID reader and biometric (AFS/AFIS) products

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