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DESKO Barcode Reading, Document Scanning and Passenger Handling Services

DESKO is your reliable partner within the fields of passenger handling, access control, security checks, as well as passport and boarding pass scanning.

With more than 25 years of experience in the airline and airport sector, DESKO offers high-quality scanning solutions for every passenger touch point and develops devices that facilitate passenger handling. The product portfolio ranges from simple document readers to complete standalone self-service solutions, tailored to the varying needs of each customer.

Integrated keyboard for check-in applications

DESKO provides solutions for passenger touch-points, and produces devices that facilitate passenger handling.

The company offers the integrated keyboard NEPTUN chrom®, which is equipped with DESKO´s MRZ and MSR technology for passport or ID card reading, as well as magnetic stripe card reading.

The keyboard is completely water and dust resistant according to IP54 regulations, meaning the entire device including swipe slot withstands water spillages without any functional restrictions.

Swipe Reader for ID cards, passports and magnetic stripe cards

DESKO´s IDenty chrom® is the latest addition to the innovative chrom family (see also NEPTUN chrom®). It is a fast, compact and efficient swipe reader equipped with DESKO´s well-proven OCR and MSR functionality for passport or ID card reading, as well as magnetic stripe card reading.

Moreover, the IDenty chrom is completely water and dust resistant according to IP54 standards.

For mobile data capture independent from a fixed workstation, DESKO also provides a flexible solution, the IDenty chrom mobile with Bluetooth® technology and integrated battery pack.

Document scanner for boarding gate applications

DESKO provides the superfast and efficient boarding gate reader BGR 504 pro. A large scanning area ensures user-friendly handling and is optimised for capturing barcode data from paper and electronic boarding tickets.

The device features a large, multicoloured display with two LEDs that gives a clear visible ticket validation feedback to the passenger and agent.

The BGR 504 pro includes a buzzer with adjusted volume control which supports the message acoustically.

Versatile travel document scanners for security and access control

DESKO’s PENTA platform comprises different scanners, including the PENTA Scanner CKI for check-in applications and the PENTA Scanner BGR, a high-class boarding gate reader.

The company also offers the PENTA Scanner ID Terminal that features a touch display for user guidance and is ideal for self-service applications.

The PENTA Scanner Cube Line is especially made for kiosk or eGate integration. All scanners are equipped with the company’s OCR/MRZ and barcode reading technology for passport and ID card reading.

All PENTA scanners can be upgraded with a near-field communication (NFC) module, a magnetic stripe card and a chip card reader. The entire PENTA range guarantees easy and simple integration into a client´s existing systems.


DESKO is a German company located in Bayreuth, Bavaria. The company’s devices involve the knowledge of more than 25 years of experience in OCR and MSR reading. All DESKO products are internal developments manufactured in cooperation with regional partners. “Made in Germany” is a seal of approval standing for quality and reliability, two attributes highly rated by DESKO.

DESKO is a successful international company with a great network of resellers and numerous devices in daily use at airports and airlines all around the globe. With subsidiaries in Singapore and the US, DESKO is eager to consolidate its position as a high-quality product supplier on the airport and airline market, and to continue setting new standards for the industry.

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Press Release

DESKO Showcasing Airline Product Solutions at FTE Asia 2019

DESKO has announced that it will be exhibiting at the FTE Asia 2019 in Singapore.

White Papers

DESKO Presents the NEPTUN Chrom – the New Standard in Check-In Keyboards

This white paper provides details about DESKO's integrated keyboards, including its water and dust-resistant NEPTUN Chrom solution.


Gottlieb-Keim-Str 56




+49 921 79279 0

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BGR 504 pro: Efficient Barcode Reader for Boarding Gate Applications

DESKO´s highly efficient boarding gate reader BGR 504 pro provides superfast barcode read rates. The obstacle-free flatbed design is optimised for the user-friendly reading of printed and electronic boarding passes even from smart watches, larger smartphones or tablet displays. Due to its flat and compact housing, the BGR 504 pro is ideal for the integration in counters or self-boarding systems.

IDenty chrom®: Versatile Swipe Reader for Check-In Desks

DESKO´s versatile swipe reader IDenty chrom is the latest addition to the chrom family (see also the NEPTUN chrom keyboard) and the perfect solution for a fast and reliable data capture. Based on its predecessor, the mini MPR, it is equipped with the latest technology in OCR and MSR reading providing accurate read results from ID documents such as passports or ID cards, visas and magnetic stripe cards.

PENTA Scanner® Platform: Unique Document Reader for All Passenger Touch Points

From pure data collection to full document authentication: the versatile DESKO PENTA platform comprises numerous versions of the PENTA Scanner tailored for various fields of application at the airport, such as check-in, security checks, lounge access control, passenger flow control and boarding.

NEPTUN chrom®: Water-Resistant Integrated Keyboard for Check-In Applications

The integrated keyboard NEPTUN chrom is designed for the professional use at the rough check-in environment. Equipped with state-of-the-art OCR and MSR technology, the device ensures reliable data capture from passports, ID cards and magnetic stripe cards.

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Press Release

25 October 2018

DESKO has announced that it will be exhibiting at the FTE Asia 2019 in Singapore.

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22 October 2018

SITA's new Scan&Fly self-bag drop technology is able to check in passenger luggage in less than one minute.

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7 August 2018

This year, we will be returning to showcase our cutting-edge travel solutions live at the Future Travel Experience Global (FTE Global).

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5 April 2018

More than 350 global suppliers showcase advanced solutions for the airport industry at the Airport Show Dubai, providing an ideal opportunity to get the latest information about emerging trends and to network with industry leaders.

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12 March 2018

DESKO will be showcasing at the Passenger Terminal EXPO (PTE) 2018 at stand number 418 its line of products, including the Cube and PENTA Scanner Cube, NEPTUN chrom, and DESKO BGR 504 pro.

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2 February 2018

Checking ID cards and passports of travellers is one of the main tasks in the field of border protection.

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29 November 2017

Self-service options have become increasingly common in modern self-service industry. Multiple reasons contribute to this trend among those the reduction of operating costs but also the greater efficiency and increased convenience for the customers.

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22 September 2017

The FTE Asia in Singapore from 7-8 November always provides an ideal forum for us to showcase our innovative equipment for the airline and airport environment.

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27 June 2017

We are proud to be one of the sponsors for the 24th edition of the Life Ball in Vienna. This impressive annual show which takes place between the Vienna City Hall and the Burgtheater, is one of the greatest AIDS charity events and an important social happening in Austria.

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2 May 2017

The 17th edition of the Airport Show will be held from 15-17 May 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC). The world's leading event for airport procurement, supplies, solutions and technology enjoys solid support from both the government and private sectors.

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8 March 2017

The highlight of DESKO´s attendance at PTX 2017 will be the presentation of the innovative chrom product family including the keyboard NEPTUN chrom® and the brand-new swipe reader IDenty chrom®. Both devices are equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology in OCR and MSR reading. Just one swipe is enough to read passports, ID cards, visas and magnetic stripe cards.

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24 January 2017

DESKO's IDenty chrom mobile has officially been certified according to the Apple MFi Program. The device meets all standards of conformity as defined by Apple for use with different versions of the iPad*. Therefore, we are happy to announce that the IDenty chrom mobile is now officially "Made for" 9.7" iPad pro, iPad mini 4, 12.9in iPad pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad Air.

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