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Equipment designed by UK Forensic science experts Foster + Freeman is helping Romanian Border Police in their battle to stop illegal immigrants entering the country.

Foster + Freeman, based in Evesham, Worcestershire, England, have supplied 261 Eye-D units to the Romanian Border Police which means nearly all crossing points will now have the technology to check the authenticity of travel documents.

Eye-D can be used to look for all standard security features, examinations are made visually using various modes of illumination and with the aid of an integral magnifying lens. The authenticity of first level printed security features can be simply checked with Ultraviolet, transmitted, oblique, and coaxial lights.
It is compact and lightweight and is designed for use in any location from either standard AC voltage or 12V DC from a vehicle.

eye-D used by Romanian border police

Bob Freeman, founder partner of Foster + Freeman, said: "Although simple to use, our Eye-D examination system is capable of detecting the standard security features present on passports and ID cards and, as only minimal operator training is required. It can be deployed quickly to improve border security with immediate effect. It has become one of our most popular passport inspection systems for nations aspiring to join the EU."

The Eye-D units have been distributed by Foster + Freeman’s Romanian distributor, MB Telecom (MBT).

Radu Curcan, marketing manager at MB Telecom said: “The supply is part of a complex endowment process for the Romanian Border Police with the final aim of Romania meeting the minimum Schengen requirements by March 31, 2011. The Eye-Ds are currently being sent to almost all border crossing points. Along with other document checking equipment supplied by MBT, they will be used in front-line checking of people’s identity, the main job of the border police.”

The Schengen Agreement is treaty signed by various countries in Europe to guarantee free movement of people between countries. Signatory states to the agreement abolish all borders between countries.

This means it is now vital that travel and identity documents are checked to ensure their authenticity so that people from countries outside of the Schengen area are not enabled to enter and then travel freely between member countries.