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Scytáles mVT

Scytáles Mobile Validator for Travel Documents

Delivered as an ICAO 9303 eDocument Reader

The Scytáles mVT provides the ability to inspect and validate ePassports, National eID Cards and Resident Permits by NFC, photo/MRZ/OCR scan and facial recognition

Scytáles Mobile Validator for Travel Documents

Machine-readable travel documents (MRTD) are intended to provide a more secure, interoperable, and privacy-centric option to those that rely on validating them. Scytáles is proud to offer its Mobile Validator for ICAO 9303 compliant ePassports, National eID Cards and Resident Permits through our Scytáles mVT.  We also can provide an easy to integrate option to work with a back-end system (i.e. System of Records) for doing digital onboarding. Scytáles’ mVT supports both Android and iOS applications and is designed with the user in mind.


Get in touch with our team to know more about the Scytáles mVT and how your business can benefit from this solution

What is the ICAO 9303?

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is the global authority for passport standards and provides guidance on mandatory and optional specifications for travel document issuing authorities. The 9303 standard aims to ensure that MRTDs, and their means of personalization and issuance to the rightful holders, are secure against fraudulent attack. The historical increase in the number of people travelling and the expected continued growth when the COVID-19 crisis abates, together with the growth in international crime, terrorism and illegal immigration have led to increasing concerns over the trustworthiness of travel documents and calls for an ability to leverage technology to validate them and their holders. 

Delivered as an ICAO 9303 eDocument Reader, the Scytáles mVT allows for the use of a mobile device to easily and quickly verify official e-documents, like a compliant ePassport, eID card, visa, resident permit, among others, utilizing near field communication (NFC) and/or the machine-readable zone through optical character recognition (MRZ/OCR).

By simply using the mobile device camera and NFC, the Scytáles mVT reads the MRZ; the integrated circuit chips; and, barcode data to validate a variety of travel documents automatically on your device. It is a fast, reliable, and secure application with offline processing, which means the data never leaves the device.

The Scytáles mVT can be used to automate and simplify the completion of forms with data from the document, facilitating compliance with know-your-customer (KYC) processes while providing a smooth user experience.

How does the Scytáles mVT work?

The Scytáles mVT uses a number of different validation methods to ensure that the document being read can be trusted and that the holder is bound to the document. The validation methods can be done through NFC, photo scanning/imaging of the MRZ/OCR or barcode, and one to one (1:1) facial recognition. The Scytáles mVT is also capable of extracting data in order to then use and manage the data for functions such as enrollment into other applications. Integration into other applications is straightforward; there are a fully programmable and customizable user interface and user experience; as well as an ability to function with a Country signing certificate authority validation service.


How can the Scytáles mVT be delivered?

Scytáles offers a number of different options and models for partner and customer alike to integrate the mVT.


“On-prem” or “traditional business model”

In this model, we offer a turn-key solution, it includes the hardware-servers-infrastructure, the right to use the related software applications (Scytáles product portfolio and Service Manager), installation, project management, training, support and maintenance. The customer owns and manages hardware-servers-infrastructure, smartphone units and devices during the contract period. The system is deployed by Scytáles and is managed by the customer. The software applications are licensed during the contract period to the customer. Scytáles offers service, support and upgrades on the software applications (new software versions and new functionality).


Offering a Cloud-Based Model (“SaaS”- Software as a Service)

In this model, the customer is offered as per the traditional business model, operations of the system, but the software applications are used on a subscription basis during the contract period. The customer buys a license for use and requested functionality.


Full service

In this model, Scytáles offers a full-service commitment, 365/24/7, applies around the clock, which is a combination between the traditional business model and SaaS. This covers subscriptions of software, daily operations at customer premises, data systems, surveillance, hardware service and much more. Here the software is owned by Scytáles, which offers a license to use the software applications during the contract period while Scytáles manages the systems, servers, as well as other infrastructure.



Lastly, Scytáles offers all its products as stand-alone (“SDK/Core API”) on a subscription basis to be integrated into an Identity Provider, Issuing Authority and/or Trusted Provider. Customer-driven professional services are also provided upon need or for advanced training.    

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