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CBP wants smartphone scanners for people, documents

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Customs and Border Protection is seeking input on smartphone peripheral devices that officers could use to read travel documents, driver's licenses, cargo labels and biometric data, according to a DHS request for information.

Devices must be able to read a variety of content inputs--from RFID and Mifare to magnetic stripes and bar codes--as well as take photos, scan fingerprints and must be compatible with 21 different identification documents, the RFI says.

CBP asks for details on compatability for iPhones, Android devices and BlackBerry phones and says that peripherals must use a hard-wire connection, not Bluetooth. They also cannot have any internal memory storage capability.

Switching to mobile devices without internal storage would give documents more security because they would reduce the risk of data compromised by the loss of hardcopy forms, says the RFI.

The RFI says users should be able to carry on their belt any peripheral when not in use so it is "conducive to ad-hoc questioning without the use of a kiosk or work surface." For the same reason they must be sturdy and "able to withstand repeated drops onto concrete from 1 meter" and be able to hold a charge for eight hours while in use.

For more:
- go to the RFI on FedBizOpps

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