Tascent M6 FAQs

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What modalities does the M6 support?

The M6 provides a multimodal biometric mobile platform that supports hiqh-quality fingerprint, iris, face, and voice identification.

Fingerprint Capture

M6 uses Integrated Biometrics’ Sherlock fingerprint sensor for FBI Appendix F-certified FAP45 fingerprint capture, enabling single or dual print capture as well as rolled fingerprint collection. 

Iris Capture

M6 uses Tascent’s proprietary near-IR camera system for simultaneous dual eye iris capture, with full functionality even in bright sunlight. Captured images meet or exceed ISO 19794-6 and 29794-6 standards for format and image quality.

Face Capture

M6 and the Tascent Mobile App use the Apple iPhone 6’s 8MP or iPhone 6s’s 12MP f/2.2 auto-focus camera for face capture. Captured images meet or exceed ISO 19794-5 and 29794-5 standards for format and image quality.

Biographics

M6 and the Tascent Mobile App offer manual entry of data and integrated MRZ (machine-readable zone) scanning to read ICAO-compliant MRZ information from passports, visas, national ID cards, and other travel documents. Biographic fields can be customized according to application needs.

What does Made for iPhone mean?

The Tascent M6 is currently only compatible with iPhone 6 and 6s.  

Can it be used with any iPhone?

The Tascent M6 is currently only compatible with iPhone 6 and 6s.  

Does the M6 work with Android phones?

The current M6 is not compatible with Android phones.

What are the dimensions and how much does it weigh?

The M6 is 6.42” (163mm) x 3.21” (82mm) x 1.48” (38mm) and weighs 15oz (425g), including iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s.

Is the M6 waterproof?

The M6 is IP65-certified, meaning that the device can operate effectively in wet and dusty conditions, but cannot be submerged in water.

Does iris and face capture work in any lighting condition?

M6 and the Tascent Mobile app integrate multiple technologies to support a very wide range of operating conditions. In addition to normal lighting, the device includes a “Torch mode” that supports functionality in complete darkness, and offers advanced technologies that will capture biometrics even in the presence of bright sunlight. Note that in brightly sunlit conditions, user response may limit biometric performance due to squinted eyes and / or extremely small pupils.

I won't need iris capture. Is there a fingerprint-only version?

Yes, a fingerprint-only version of Tascent M6 is available for purchase.

Are the biometrics standards-compliant?

Yes, all biometrics captured by M6 are standards compliant. Fingerprints are FBI Appendix F FAP45-certified. Face images meet or exceed ISO 19794-5 / 29794-5 standards for format and image quality. Iris images meet or exceed ISO 19794-6 / 29794-6 standards for format and image quality.

How is data sent to databases for matching?

The Tascent Mobile App encrypts the biometric data on the iPhone and all biometric data is encrypted in transport to the receiving back end. Data is typically communicated via the NIST-supported OASIS BIAS standard for SOAP-based web services.

Does it have to be connected a network to work properly?

No. If used in an environment that relies specifically on backend matching, the Tascent Mobile App will cache messages if there is no network connectivity, and send upon re-establishment of the connection. In addition, the Tascent Mobile App supports onboard iris and fingerprint matching for up to 100K records for disconnected environments where biometric matching is required.

Do I have to use the Tascent Mobile app or can I create my own?

Our platform is completely open architecture so you can customize your own app using the Tascent Mobile SDK.