BioRugged Improves Border Control, Law Enforcement and Vital Statistics with Elyctis ID Readers


Elyctis and BioRugged

Alexandre Joly, CEO of Elyctis, said: “We are very pleased to have been selected by BioRugged, a company renowned for the design of robust yet user-friendly business terminals, for their new range of border control devices.

BioRugged, an expert in biometric systems, has made a specialty of offering devices designed to meet the requirements of segments of the identification market, including border control, law enforcement and elections. The company presents its new range of products for border control with particular attention to the usual workflow of border control officers. Using a ‘form follows function’ approach, the company designed its mobile solution by analyzing day-to-day border control operations in many countries. BioRugged highly integrated BioWolf DEZ takes all these requirements into account. For example, it allows the border control officer to hold the reader and the passport in one hand while keeping the other hand free. This design performance could only be achieved thanks to the compact form factor and ease of integration of the Elyctis ID BOX One readers which provide MRZ, contact and contactless reading functions for all types of electronic passports and electronic identity cards.

The BioRugged Marque 5.1 multimodal biometric enrollment station, which provides all the necessary functionalities for biometric enrollment (fingerprint reader, camera with LED for lighting, document scanner) is now also available with a document reader integrated Elyctis ID BOX One, which reads the MRZ, contact and contactless interfaces of all identity documents. Due to its small form factor and specific design, it is ideal for use in any border control booth.

BioRugged catering only to professional needs via its international network of integrators, the decision to integrate Elyctis readers was obvious: the Elyctis ID BOX One ticks all the boxes in terms of professional requirements. Not only does it guarantee fast reading of identity documents, but it has proven its compatibility with all types of electronic passports and electronic identity cards. Elyctis identity readers have been developed taking into account the specific conditions of reading identity documents, which can only be achieved with a dedicated RFID chip and firmware. To meet identity reading requirements, Elyctis readers have a very small footprint which facilitates their integration. Moreover, the Elyctis firmware, ID BOX SDK, which is delivered free of charge to integrators, guarantees an easy integration process for terminal developers.

Arnd Langguth, CEO of BioRugged, says: “Elyctis ID readers have proven to be best suited for border control applications: they have been tested and validated to quickly and accurately read all chips and passports. Elyctis not only provides reliable, cost-effective and easy-to-integrate readers, but also exceptional support for hardware and software integration. They are recognized and used by government authorities around the world.

Alexandre Joly, CEO of Elyctis, adds: “We are very pleased to have been selected by BioRugged, a company renowned for the design of robust but user-friendly professional terminals, for their new range of border control devices. Unlike smartphone developments, our half-page readers are totally suitable for professional applications since they integrate a dedicated MRZ scanner capable of reading MRZ lines without movement in all circumstances and environmental conditions (darkness, sunlight), and a chip Dedicated RF (not a standard NFC reader like those common in smartphones).

About BioRugged

BioRugged™ specializes in biometric systems with a strong focus on durability and ease of use. We manufacture mobile solutions to register, identify and control individuals using different biometric modalities quickly and efficiently. Our devices are rugged and affordable for rural and urban deployment. They are widely deployed in Africa and Latin America.

Our product line ranges from handheld systems to custom mobile enrollment kits that have unique features for every use case.

Through our partners, we provide our hardware solutions to governments and private entities around the world. Our devices are used in National ID, Passport, Biometric Voter Registration and Enrollment, Know Your Customer (KYC), Law Enforcement and Border Control projects.

Founded in Africa, BioRugged™ is a group of private companies with offices in Ireland, South Africa, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. We have representative offices in Portugal, Germany, Nigeria, DR Congo, Ethiopia and Kenya and service partners in many countries around the world.

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About Elyctis

Created in 2008, Elyctis’ mission is to provide system integrators with mobile and fixed equipment to access eID data (identity cards, passports, residence permits, driving licenses). The company specializes in the development, industrialization, production and marketing of readers and terminals dedicated to Secure Identity Documents including e-passports, e-identity cards, e-driving licenses, etc. The company, which today employs 25 people, has long-standing expertise in eID projects, as well as in hardware and software developments, particularly in the combination of optics, antenna design , high security software and integration. Elyctis sells its products through its network of distributors and system integrators, to whom it provides a development environment to facilitate the use of its readers. Elyctis is headquartered in Pertuis, France, and has a sales office in Hong Kong.

Alexandre Joly, founder and CEO of Elyctis has been a laureate of Reseau Entreprendre since 2011, and laureate of the Reseau Entreprendre Ambition program in 2016.

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