National ID Cards and Residence-related Documents Scanning

Smart ID Engine —

fast, secure, private, and precise software for scanning and recognition national ID cards of the European Union, the CIS, South, Central and North America, Australia and Oceania, New Zealand, the Middle East, Asia and Africa, India, China, Korea and Japan, 169 countries overall. Smart ID Engine automatically identifies the ID type, recognizes text fields, extracts graphic zones, and performs document validation on a mobile device, desktop, or server.


The software Smart ID Engine supports recognition of standard National ID Cards (ID-1 and ID-2 formats in accordance with ISO/IEC 7810:2019), and non-standard (custom) cards, including Aadhaar cards. The software independently recognizes both visually controlled zones on both sides of the national ID card (including text fields typed in national languages) and a machine-readable zone (MRZ). It allows you not only to recognize all the document data with high accuracy, but also to control data integrity and check for signs of forgery.


In addition to National ID Card scanning, Smart ID Engine recognizes other residence-related documents (permanent residence permits, temporary residence permits, work permits, etc.), issued both in accordance with the ICAO standards and with internal regulations. The software recognizes residence-related documents of the United States, the European Union, the CIS, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. If necessary, the scanning of national ID cards can be supplemented with bank cards, passports, driver’s licenses and barcodes scanning.


Smart ID Engine contains special templates for recognizing national ID cards, which allow you to accurately and quickly recognize all the necessary information not only in English, but also in 101 languages worldwide, including Spanish, French, German, all European languages, the languages of the CIS countries, Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, syllabic Asian scripts, the languages of Africa and Oceania.


Smart ID Engine works independently from the environment and guarantees personal data privacy and security for businesses and users. The program scans and recognizes National ID cards, and does not transfer any data to the network, does not save or store it, provides the highest accuracy due to advanced AI algorithms and computer vision. Smart ID Engine is a robust solution for National ID cards scanning and recognition, and is HIPAA, GDPR, CCPA-compliant.


All Smart ID Engine AI and computer vision algorithms are specially optimized to minimize the environmental impact of the Green AI approach. Our state-of-the-art text recognition technology GreenOCR® minimizes the power consumption during the National ID card recognition process. Thus, it reduces the carbon footprint, and also extends the life of the mobile device on a single charge.


The software Smart ID Engine is delivered as a standalone SDK (Software Developer Kit) containing all the necessary API descriptions (Application Programmable Interface) and integration examples in different programming languages. The developers are provided with the API which helps to integrate Smart ID Engine into the software in C, C++, C#, Java, Python, PHP, Swift, Objective C and use React and Flutter frameworks.


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Mobile SDK

Smart ID Engine SDK allows you to turn an iOS or Android-based mobile device into a National ID card scanner. Our original AI algorithms provide high-speed and autonomous National ID card recognition not only in English, but also in the State national languages (~200ms per frame on the iPhone XR), the ability to scan National ID cards at different angles, as well as high-quality recognition under different lighting conditions.


Browser SDK

Due to the WebAssembly (WASM) supporting technology, Smart ID Engine National ID card scanning solution can be implemented in all up-to-date devices with installed browsers (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Chromium, Microsoft Edge and Apple Safari), including smart TVs and consoles. The software does not require special applications or special plugins. The use of unique neural network architectures allows you to recognize video data obtained from low-end webcams with a resolution of 640×480 pixels.


Desktop SDK

Deep software and hardware optimization of the algorithmic recognition principles for various processor architectures allows Smart ID Engine to autonomously recognize National ID cards on any PCs (including monoblocks and nettops), turning them into high-performance workstations for entering and processing photo and video data obtained from various image capturing devices (webcams, scanners, special document readers). A wide range of software interfaces provides the possibility of native integration into most information systems.


Server SDK

Thanks to thread safety and efficient resources management, Smart ID Engine SDK allows you to implement scalable AI platforms for National ID card processing. Unique algorithms for automatic document identification and localization in images (scans, photo and video data) allow you to automatically process heterogeneous streams of input images. The National ID card recognition performance on modern computers (with an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X processor) is at least 45 images per second.

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Try out Smart Engines technologies to scan ID cards, passports, driver’s licenses, MRZ, bank cards, QR code, PDF417 and other barcodes on photos and in a real-time video stream


Technical Specifications

Supported mobile OS:

  • Android (5.1 and up)
  • iOS (10 and up)
  • Sailfish Mobile OS (2.2 and up)
  • Custom versions: upon request

Supported server and desktop OS:

  • MS Windows (all officially supported versions)
  • Linux kernel based OS, including Ubuntu, CentOS, SUSE, Astra Linux, RED OS, Oracle Linux, Red Hat (RHEL), Debian, and others
  • macOS (all officially supported versions)
  • QNX (version 7.0 and up)
  • Solaris (version 11.3 and up)
  • Custom versions: upon request

Geographic coverage fo id scan:

Identity documents from 210 countries (including all 193 UN states)

Multilingual text OCR:

Abkhaz, Afrikaans, Albanian, Armenian, Aymara, Azerbaijanian, Belarusian, Berber (Latin alphabet), Bosnian, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Castilian, Catalan, Chewa (Latin alphabet), Chibarwe (Latin alphabet), Chichewa (Latin alphabet), Comorian (Latin alphabet), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Fiji Hindi (Latin script), Fijian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Korean, Kyrgyz, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Malay (Latin alphabet), Maltese, Mandarin, Maori, Moldovan, Mongolian (Cyrillic alphabet), Nauruan, Ndau, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Norwegian, Ossetian, Palauan, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Seychellois Creole, Shangani, Shona, Slovak, Slovene, Somali (Latin alphabet), Sotho, Southern Ndebele, Spanish, Swahili (Latin alphabet), Swazi, Swedish, Thai, Tajik, Tamazight (Latin alphabet), Tetum, Tok Pisin, Tonga, Tsonga, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Woleaian, Xhosa, Zulu

Supported programming languages:

  • C (standard C99 and higher)
  • C++ (standard C++ 11 and higher)
  • C# (version 6.0 and higher)
  • Java (version 1.7 and higher)
  • Python (version 3.7.2 and higher)
  • PHP (version 5 and higher)

SDK includes React and Flutter integration interfaces.

Integration with other programming languages and frameworks (such as Go, Perl, Xamarin, etc.) ​​is ensured by using the API in C.

The SDK already contains examples of using Smart ID Engine in Python / Java / C / C++ / Swift / Objective C / C# / PHP.

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