CBSA upgrades national border crossings with 3M's new Full Page Document

State-of-the-art technology will help maximize the efficiency of document screening process

LONDON, ON, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - 3M Canada today announced the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) selected its new Full Page Document Reader to capture data from travellers' documents and enhance security at border crossings.

As a combined hardware and software solution, 3M's efficient and responsive document reader captures high resolution images of data from domestic and international travel documents including passports, drivers' licences with two dimensional bar codes and magnetic strips, contactless ePassports and frequent traveller cards.

The five year contract will allow the CBSA to upgrade and expand its use of full page travel document readers at Canadian border checkpoints. The CBSA expects to begin deploying the readers at points of entry by April 2010.

"The Canada Border Services Agency is committed to maintaining the safety and security of Canada's borders while facilitating the smooth flow of legitimate travellers and goods," said Rachelle May, Director General, Innovation, Science and Technology Branch, CBSA. "In selecting 3M Canada's new Full Page Reader, we sought state-of-the-art, adaptable technology to further maximize the efficiency and safety of our screening process at the Canadian border."

Compatible with the CBSA's existing border management system, the 3M document reader's advanced, compact ergonomic design takes up little desk space and allows for one-hand use, both essential features given the limited time and space available to Border Services Officers.

Designed with the user in mind, the device reads documents of various sizes and thicknesses at all angles. It can accommodate varying environmental conditions including humidity and dust, and has two external USB ports to accommodate future device integrations. Optional contact smart card and ultra high frequency (UHF) reader options are available.

"System upgrades involving national security need to be both seamless and effective," said Matt Pepe, Executive Director of 3M Canada's Safety, Security and Protection Services Business. "3M will partner with the CBSA to ensure a smooth transition by providing local support professionals on-site during integration and implementation phases, and through regular service reviews thereafter."

The Canadian-designed document reader solution is manufactured by 3M Canada's Ottawa facility and supported by a network of service professionals.

For more than 30 years, 3M has provided premier identification and authentication solutions that protect people, property and privacy around the globe. To learn more, please visit

About Canada Border Services Agency:

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) manages the nation's border by enforcing Canadian laws governing trade and travel, as well as international agreements and conventions. The CBSA facilitates legitimate cross-border traffic and supports economic development while stopping people and goods that pose a potential threat to Canada.

About 3M Security Systems Division:

3M Security Systems Division is a trusted partner and industry leader in delivering end-to-end, innovative security solutions to businesses and governments worldwide-helping to ensure the security of people, documents and goods. 3M uses its broadband knowledge, in-depth experience and technological expertise to help solve an array of security challenges, including brand protection, product security, efficient passenger check-in, secure ID and passport document issuance and hardware and software system solutions for border management. 3M Security Systems technologies are used in over 100 countries around the world.

About 3M Canada:

Established in 1951, 3M Canada Company was one of the first international subsidiaries opened by 3M and remains one of the largest. 3M Canada's head office and original manufacturing site is in London, Ontario where approximately half of the company's 1,800 employees work. Other Ontario plants are located in Ottawa, Toronto, Brockville, and Perth with one in Morden, Manitoba. Sales offices are located in major cities nationwide and a national service network supports customers.

3M is a trademark of 3M. Used under licence in Canada.

SOURCE 3M Canada Inc.

For further information: For further information: Jacqui Newell, Public Relations Coordinator, 3M Canada, (519) 451-2500 ext. 2564,

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