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Panasonic launches tablet solution for passport and ID control


Panasonic has launched an integrated mobile identification and access control solution with its 7-inch enterprise tablet to serve border control, police, and security forces, as well as the travel, entertainment, and hospitality industries.

The Panasonic TOUGHPAD FZ-M1 Passport can be ordered with integrated reader technologies including a 2D bar code reader, a smart card reader, an RFID reader for contactless cards, and a Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) for 2-line passport reading, with 3-line reading expected in the future.

The tablet has IP65 ingress protection and is drop-tested to five feet. Its battery can last for 18 hours, with a 4.5-hour charge time, and it includes a 7th Generation Intel Core i5 processor for high performance with very low power consumption and minimal heat generation, according to the announcement. The TOUGHPAD FZ-M1 comes with a 2MP front camera, a stereo microphone, and an 8MP rear camera with a flash, allowing it to be used for live video conferencing or to capture images in the field.

“Our Passport solution takes our most popular rugged tablet and perfectly adapts it to the needs of mobile workforces required to check information or identities whilst on the move,” says Panasonic Computer Product Solutions General Manager of Marketing Jan Kaempfer. “It is another example of how Panasonic is focused on providing a range of rugged notebooks, tablets and handhelds designed with the flexibility and functionality to turn them into vertical solutions where needed.”

The Panasonic TOUGHPAD FZ-M1 Passport is available across Europe, starting at £2,547 (US$2,895) plus tax.

BioRugged also recently unveiled its new rugged tablet for mobile identification, which features a fingerprint sensor in addition to several document-reading options.

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