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Simplify your Application or Form Filling

Simplify your customer service process with DESKO’s READ ID software. Speed up your workflow by eliminating manual entry of personal data into your application. READ ID combined with a DESKO *scanner automates your data capture process.

DESKO’s READ ID is ideal for visitor registration, immigration, border control, check-in, and more.

*We recommend the PENTA Scanner® or the  ICON Scanner®



Read – ID documents and extracts visual zone (VIZ) and machine-readable zone (MRZ) data.


The following document types are supported:

  • Passports
  • National IDs
  • Driving licenses

from more than 70 countries


In addition to all MRZ data, the following fields are extracted from the VIZ including their country and language specific characters (e.g. ß, ö... ):

  • Personal Data: Name, Date of Birth (DoB), Place of Birth (PoB)
  • Document Data: Doc Number, Issuing State/Authority, Date of Issuance/Expiry


The READ ID document library is kept up to date and continues to grow. These updates include new documents, changes to documents, and functional enhancements.

Updates are provided regularly and are essential in order to maintain the long term functionality of your system.


The READ ID SDK Software Developer Kit enables you to implement READ ID within your system. The SDK is designed to be easily and seamlessly integrated. For more information, please feel free to contact us.



The following software systems are supported:

  • Win 7 and Win 8/8.1 (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • The Read ID SDK incl. sample applications for C/C++, Java and .Net

The following scanner hardware is supported:

  • DESKO PENTA Scanner®
  • DESKO ICON Scanner®


READ ID is middleware provided in the form of an easy-to-integrate SDK including full documentation. READ ID can easily be implemented within your environment.




If you require specific technical information or tools, please visit our download area.

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DESKO develops and manufactures hardware solutions for automated data entry and document checks. DESKO has your ideal solution for airlines and airports, banking, retail, hospitality, security and government applications, self-service, and more.