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VSC®8000  the essential Video Spectral Comparator
for questioned document examination 


The VSC®8000 combines sophisticated digital imaging and multi-wavelength LED technology with a clear and efficient software interface, to provide a complete solution to the examination of all questioned documents.



 Examine documents

 Reveal hidden details

 Display UltraHD images



with advanced technology used and trusted by forensic examiners and immigration authorities worldwide

using a wide variety of examination facilities to observe security features and detect irregularities

using Super Resolution Imaging to display sharp, bright images of documents on a 4K UltraHD monitor





 System Features









the essential VSC workstation
for the examination of all documents


The VSC8000 provides users with an array of techniques for examination and authentication of all types of document.

Infrared, hyper-spectral imaging and the systems integral spectrometer may all be used to detect the use of multiple inks on a document, and in many cases, establish the order in which different inks were added to a page.






 SRI Super-Resolution Imaging

Unique to the VSC8000, Super-Resolution Imaging (SRI) is an optical system providing excellent clarity and image resolution of documents up to A4/Letter size.



Precision XY Stage

A motorized XY translation stage, with simple on-screen controls, allows fast and precise positioning of documents at high magnification.



Non-destructive spectral analysis of documents to identify differences in inks and paper formulation. 

Absorption, Reflectance, Fluorescence & Transmitted spectra are captured in real time and displayed on-screen in a simple graphical format.






multi-spectral illumination

Multi-spectral illumination

Directional, multi-spectral light sources from UV through the visible spectrum, to IR can reveal details that are normally invisible to the eye, increase image contrast and excite document security features.



Hyper-Spectral Imaging

An advanced technique for the discrimination of inks. Incremental images of documents are captured across a broad spectrum. A false color overlay highlights spectral differences.




user centred system design

User-Centered Design

At each stage of the VSC8000 design process, attention has been given to the requirements of the end user. Many of the system's new features come as a direct result of user feedback.



 System Features






examine & authenticate
all types of questioned document 


Designed to meet the requirements of immigration authorities, government agencies and forensic science laboratories, the VSC8000 includes advanced features for the examination, comparison, and authentication of documents including passports and travel documents, official letters and breeder documents, banknotes and cheques, works of art and valuable artifacts through the detection of irregularities.



passport examination

Mouseover to reveal passport under UV illumination


banknote examination

Mouseover to view examination of a UK £20 banknote


analysis of unique one-cent magenta stamp

Mouseover to reveal IR image of the One-Cent Magenta stamp


Passports & Travel Documents

Banknotes & Cheques


Valuable Artefacts


Visual examinations of a document under high magnification can quickly reveal physical evidence of tampering while examinations under various wavebands of illumination can expose alterations. The VSC8000 is capable of revealing all levels of security features including covert features such as anti-Stokes inks, latent images, UV security threads, and taggants.


Non-destructive VSC examination makes it possible to establish the authenticity of an item, detect changes that have been made and to see beneath the surface of an artifact revealing its history.



Document Security Features   


Non-destructive VSC examination makes it possible to establish the authenticity of an item, detect any changes that have been made and to see beneath the surface of a sample to reveal its hidden history.

Select a security feature from below to view examples

UV activated features
OVDs and holograms
Anti-Stokes features
Retro-reflective features
Optically Variable Inks
Phosphorescent inks
  ICAO coded data
Multiple Laser Images
Latent images
Birefringent features
1D and 2D barcodes
Ink stamps
Security threads
Micro/nano printing
See-through register








 System Features










Intelligent Software

Introducing VSC Suite 7.0


At the heart of the VSC8000 is sophisticated software that maximises the effectiveness of document examinations by providing the user with complete control of all VSC functions via a quick-access toolbar.


Document specific workspaces

Document Specific Workspaces

A range of application focussed workspaces provide tools and functions specific to the type of document being examined.

Pre-set workspaces include: Passports, ID cards, banknotes and handwriting analysis.



Automated Examinations

Predefined procedures greatly increase both the speed and efficiency of examinations.

Results are displayed and stored together with VSC examination settings.


Calibration & Diagnostics

To ensure accurate and repeatable results, the system can be calibrated using NIST traceable standards.

Reliable system performance can be verified using simple automated diagnostics to check the status of motors, light sources and filters.





 System Features







System Accessories


Reference Databases


Reference Databases

Two optional reference databases showing the security features found on travel documents and banknotes   


Security Documents


Information and images of passports, ID cards and driving licences from 197 countries.




Information and images of banknotes from 184 countries.


External Microscopes


External Microscopes

A range of high magnification imaging systems providing input into the VSC8000 via a high resolution camera.

See also: DVM Microscope for the examination of microscopic taggants

Nikon Microscopes

25:1 zoom range stereo microscope with motorised focus and zoom

18:1 zoom range research microscope that combines macro and micro imaging

A practical and economical microscope option

Leica Microscopes

20.5:1 zoom range microscope providing exceptional image detail

An ideal match for the requirements of questioned document examination.

Compact microscope with proven performance


ePassport Readers


ePassport Readers

A choice of standalone readers that can operate independently of the VSC to detect and decode biometric passport data.


Reader Option 1/A


High performance flatbed MRTD reader with contact/contactless capability.

Automatically detects when a document is present and provides highly accurate and instant data capture and descoding.

Reader Option 2


Advanced E-Reader designed to read and authenticate multiple document types. 

E/Reader 2 includes a unique anti-glare technology to prevent interference from laminate reflections.

Examination Accessories

Quartz Glass Plate


200 x 200mm Quartz glass plate to hold documents flat during examination


Document Support Weights

Set of three non-marking document weights



IPI Decoders


Software to display embedded IPI and ICI on passports and ID cards. Uses Scrambled Indicia Technology supplied under licence from Graphic Security System Corp.

Magnetic Ink Profiler

Magnetic Ink Profiler with USB connection

UV Polarised Light Viewer

UV polarised light viewer for VSC8000 (specifically to view Swiss passports)