New Travel and Identity Document Examination System Provides Forensic Level Facilities for the Authentication of Passports, Visas, and Identity Cards

Posted on 14 June, 2023 by Darren Corbett


foster+freeman, the leading manufacturer of advanced technology for the examination of questioned documents, is pleased to announce the launch of the VSC900, the first in a new generation of hybrid VSC document examination systems for the physical and digital examination of Passports, Identity Cards and Visas as well as any other documents which may come under scrutiny when crossing international borders.

Offering an extensive selection of traditional and advanced examination features, the VSC900 provides examiners with the tools required to differentiate between genuine and counterfeit documents. Using multi-modal UV-Vis-IR illumination, in combination with biometric and Extended Access Control (EAC) software tools, the system can authenticate genuine documents as well as reveal evidence of tampering that includes alterations that would otherwise be undetectable.


Unlike other document examination technologies, the foster+freeman VSC900 has been designed to meet the complex demands of modern border security/immigration settings. VSC900 document interrogations can reveal and authenticate printed and embedded security features, decode encrypted data (including ePassport biometric data), compare side-by-side suspect and genuine documents, and build up a forensic profile of fraudulent documents to aid in the fight against the serious and organised crime of document fraud*.


  •  For the comprehensive examination of physical and digital document security features.
  • Authenticate genuine documents and identify counterfeits, forgeries, and pseudo documents.
  • Build up a forensic profile of fraudulent documents.


Available for pre-order in Q2 2023, the VSC900 sets a new standard for the hybrid physical/digital examination of documents for the prevention of fraud, identity theft, or illegal entry of persons or goods.


*Europol’s 2017 SOCTA report identifies document fraud as one of three “cross-cutting crime threats” that SOCTA says “enable or enhance all types of serious and organized crime”.