Age Verification Scanners
GuardScan Age Verification Scanners typically fall under one of three categories: optical, barcode, or MSR, with some scanners offering a combination of one or more of all three. The following is a description of each category of age-verification scanner:
An optical scanner takes and stores an image of the ID, before performing the age verification. An optical is typically considered to most secure solution to detect fake or invalid ID, and provide the most affirmative defense information, but can scan slower than the other types of scanner because capturing an image typically takes more time to capture and process the data. Optical scanners are usually the most expensive age verifier option.
A barcode scanner is a good balance between an optical scanner and an MSR scanner, and offers very good scan coverage and decodes the data very quickly, but is somewhat less secure than an Optical Scanner, as is easier to forge a barcode than an entire license. Barcode age verifiers typically cost less than optical age verifiers, and are typically contained on the “best value” age verifiers.
An MSR scanner uses the legacy Magnetic Strip Reader, similar to the old credit card readers. MSR readers scan very quickly, but there coverage for ID cards contains MSR ready data is declining. Although usually the least expensive age verifier option, the MSR reay (by itself) is not usually a recommended solution, unless cost is the only consideration.
Also, GuardScan Age Verification scanners can include handheld, countertop, or POS scanners, but each one of these will contain one or more of the above elements.