OCR32x Series OCR Document Reader

The OCR32x family of compact, dual-illumination OCR readers capture code lines in airport, finance and industrial applications.

In airports the OCR32x is compatible with leading commonuse system software, and is intended to be used by airline staff at the check-in desk to accurately capture data for APIS applications. The OCR32x reads Machine Readable Travel Documents conforming to the international standard specified by ICAO in Document 9303, including Machine Readable Passports (MRP), visas (MRV), and OCRB encoded cards such as the US Resident Alien card and European national ID cards. For fraud prevention and reconciliation purposes, it can also capture OCR stock control numbers and ticket numbers printed on thermally printed ATB coupons and TAT documents as well as read the IATA 2of5 bar code ticket number.

In banking and finance applications the OCR32x is designed to read E-13B and OCR-B fonts used on cheques and has been integrated into many banking systems.

OCR32x devices are extremely compact. Optional mounting brackets are available to enable an OCR32x to be mounted at almost any angle and integrated into the smallest desk area.

Host connection is via a standard RS232 or USB interface through a detachable cable. The OCR32x is a low power device and can usually be powered from a PC keyboard or USB port, removing the need for an external power supply. An auxiliary RS232 port allows connection of a decoded bar code scanner.


  • Simple hand swipe operation with bidirectional read
  • Compact design and very small footprint
  • RS232 or USB interface
  • Bi-colour LED and audible alarm providing good/bad read indication
  • Firmware download / upgrade capability
  • No moving parts
  • Low power device: typically no external power supply required


  • Airline passenger travel document reading at the check-in desk, the boarding gate and at immigration
  • Machine Readable Passports, visas and travel documents conforming to ICA9303 standards
  • Cheque (check) reading in bank and finance applications
  • Industrial process control and automation

Product Selector

There are four standard models in the OCR32x range offering a choice of two colours and two interface options. All models include LED / audible read indicator and the capability to readmachine readable passports (MRP), machine readable visas and other travel documents for example ID cards, together with cheques in banks and optical characters in industrial applications.

Further product variations are available on request: please contact our sales department to discuss your particular requirements.