Frequently Asked Questions

What modalities does the M1 support?

The M1 provides only a high-quality fingerprint.

Fingerprint Capture

M1 uses Crossmatch Nomad fingerprint sensor for FBI Appendix F-certified FAP30 fingerprint capture, enabling single print capture.


Face Capture

M1 and the Tascent Mobile App use the Android Phone’s 8MP auto-focus camera for face capture. Captured images meet or exceed ISO 19794-5 and 29794-5 standards for format and image quality.


M1 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.

Can it be used with any Android phone?

The Tascent M1 is currently only compatible with Samsung Galaxy S8, S9, S10 and A20 phones.

Can it be used with iPhone?

M1 is Android-only.

What are the dimensions and how much does it weigh?

The M1 is 5.26 in (133.6 mm ) x 1.75 in (44.5 mm) x 0.64 in (16.2 mm)
and weighs 1.94oz (55g).

Is the M1 waterproof?

The M1 is IP65-certified, meaning that the device can operate effectively in wet and dusty conditions, but cannot be submerged in water.

How long does the battery last?

The M1 has no battery, power is taken from the phone's battery and allows for 8h+ of continous captures.

Does face capture work in any lighting condition?

M1 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'll need more than single fingeprint. Is there anything better

Please refer to the Tascent MX for our FAP45 fingeprint slap & roll + Iris mobile device option.

Are the biometrics standards-compliant?

Yes, all biometrics captured by M1 are standards compliant. Fingerprints are FBI Appendix F FAP30-certified. Face images meet or exceed ISO 19794-5 / 29794-5 standards for format and image quality.

How is data sent to databases for matching?

The Tascent Mobile App encrypts the biometric data on the phone 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 REST-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. Tascent is also pleased to offer professional services for app customization in cases where a partner does not have Android development expertise, or it is otherwise more efficient for Tascent’s app experts to perform the customization work.

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