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System Can Detect Fraudulent Passports

Australia, one of the United States’ strongest allies, has added a new weapon to its arsenal — a toaster-sized document reader that tells in seconds whether a passport is a fraud and identifies travelers who might be included on terrorist watch lists. “What we’re trying to do is strengthen border security by making sure that the people who are coming into this country are who they say they are,” said Tim Chapman, a manager with Australia’s Customs Service. In a multimillion-dollar contract, Australia has installed 400 iA-thenticate units from Imaging Automation Inc. of Bedford, N.H., at its international airports in hopes of authenticating the documents of every person entering. Full Story

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