3M Passport Reader Makes Waves in New Market Whether sailing the seven seas or island-hopping in the Caribbean, a cruise is meant to be a relaxing getaway. Travelers look forward to spectacular ocean views, five-star restaurants and exotic ports of call – but dread the thought of long lines waiting to board the ship. Knowing that wait times can significantly affect patron experience, a major cruise line recently partnered with 3M to help cruise-goers board more quickly and efficiently – while still complying with security regulations governing the travel industry. Faster passenger processing for more hassle-free boarding When it comes to boarding thousands of passengers in just a few hours, every second counts. Typically, the boarding experience begins with validating and scanning a passenger’s passport, before then having to process the data. The 3M AT9000 MK2 full page document reader captures the necessary details and cuts down the passport review time, ensuring a speedy, hassle-free boarding and disembarkation process. Organizations can now have convenience, efficiency, and security. Regulation-compliant solution meets security requirements Cruise lines with global fleets must comply with varying local regulatory and security requirements, making the need for a standardized solution imperative. Designed to meet strict regulatory requirements, 3M document readers can be found at border crossings around the world and are well regarded by commercial and government entities including airlines, customs and border patrol, and homeland security. With one of the fastest, most accurate read rates available, the 3M AT9000 MK2 full page document reader deployed by the cruise line efficiently reads ICAOcompliant passports and RFID chips in e- 48 passports. Best of all, it can store the information to be processed at a later date. The direct benefit is that passengers spend less time waiting in line, allowing them more time to enjoy their vacation. Customized authentication software speeds integration 3M worked with document verification provider AssureTec to tailor the accompanying authentication software, which allowed the new passport scanning solution to integrate with the cruise line’s existing infrastructure. This customization sped up the installation, meeting the time-sensitive project requirements and avoiding a substantial technology upgrade on the part of the customer. With the system in place, this global cruise line reports meeting new and emerging regulatory requirements, better preparing them for future needs. This, along with a more efficient boarding process creates a winning solution for not only passenger experience, but also the cruise line. 3M document readers and authentication software continue to make waves in the travel industry as secure, efficient solutions for processing passengers and meeting regulatory requirements.
A “Know your rights” refresher for Immigrants By Joshua Breisblatt President-Elect Donald Trump has proposed immigration policies that are causing anxiety among immigrants and the immigrant rights community. Much remains unknown about how and when these changes will come but our system of checks and balances as well as pushback from the immigrant rights community will ensure that there will be limits on what the President- Elect can do. Regardless, it is always important for immigrants to understand their rights. As a reminder to immigrant communities, the National Immigration Law Center released a helpful guide this week which explains what individuals should do if they encounter law enforcement or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. The reminders include: • You have the right to remain silent. You may refuse to speak to immigration officers. • Do not open your door (ICE must have a warrant signed by a judge to enter). • You have the right to speak to a lawyer. • Before you sign anything, talk to a lawyer. • Always carry with you any valid immigration document you have. • If you are worried that ICE will arrest you, let the officer know if you have children. • Carry a “know-your-rights card” and show it if an immigration officer stops you. NILC’s “Know Your Rights” guide also provides tips on where to find legal help assistance including www. AILAlawyer.org. They explain how to report raids and arrests in your community and recommend everyone come up with a safety plan in case an enforcement action takes place in your workplace or community. A safety plan should include having the number of a friend memorized, telling that friend where they can find your important documents including your “A-number,” and 49 putting a plan in place for your children’s care in case you are detained. It’s also important to avoid “ notaries” and other unethical people who make promises about immigration relief that are fraudulent or that they cannot deliver on. Continuing to pay attention to non-profit immigrant service providers is important to ensure you receive up-to-date information on any changes in immigration policy. The next few years may be a challenging time for the immigrant community. However, it’s important to educate ourselves and our loved ones and to continue to stand together.