TUALATIN, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 29, 2004–Digimarc Corporation (Nasdaq:DMRC) today announced the availability of Digimarc IDMarc-certified scanner devices from SYSCAN, Inc. (HK: 8083) as a means to positively authenticate driver licenses that incorporate Digimarc IDMarc(TM) security features. Digimarc IDMarc is a covert, machine-readable digital watermark that transforms portraits and artwork on identity documents into interlocking digital security elements that enable document inspection applications such as ID authentication, age verification and forensic analysis.
Two mobile, USB-powered, PC-tethered scanners from SYSCAN have been certified by Digimarc for use with the IDMarc Inspector Series. The TravelScan 660W is a multi-purpose, portable scanner for identity documents, checks, photos and business cards. The TravelScan FS531 is a flatbed scanner tuned specifically for scanning of secure documents such as passports, driver licenses, bank checks, ID cards, photos and lottery tickets.
“There are more than a million documents in circulation that incorporate Digimarc IDMarc security, and annual production of our current customers is forecast to exceed 13 million documents per year. These products give law enforcement officials, DMV personnel and forensics experts a new and more powerful method to positively authenticate driver licenses and identity documents, verify a license-holder’s age and forensically analyze driver licenses across jurisdictions,” said J. Scott Carr, president, Digimarc Watermarking Solutions. “We are pleased to be able to partner with SYSCAN to offer our customers leading-edge inspection products coupled with affordable, best-of-breed scanner products.”
Customers can purchase Digimarc-certified scanner products directly from SYSCAN. In some cases, Digimarc may bundle certified reader devices with its IDMarc Inspector offering.
“SYSCAN has been a leading provider of image capture devices for years and recently has stepped up our initiative in the secure ID space,” said Bill Hawkins, SYSCAN COO and general manager, Scanner Imaging Products. “The growing adoption of Digimarc IDMarc security within identity documents is very exciting, and we are pleased to be a part of solutions that use the IDMarc feature as a security countermeasure to identity theft and fraud.”
With operations in Hong Kong, China and the Silicon Valley, SYSCAN is a pioneer in contact image sensory (CIS) technology that enables digital image-capture devices to be applied to Internet-centric mobile products.
The Digimarc IDMarc Certification program is designed to give customers confidence that a certified device is fully compatible with the Digimarc IDMarc Inspector Platform and product series. This certification process incorporates a full complement of tests performed by Digimarc’s test lab and optimization of drivers used in IDMarc Inspector applications. For more information about the certification program, contact [email protected].