Converting a common low-cost document scanner into a multispectral scanner

Zohaib Khan, Faisal Shafait, Ajmal Mian

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Forged documents and counterfeit currency can be better detected with multispectral imaging in multiple color channels instead of the usual red, green and blue. However, multispectral cameras/scanners are expensive. We propose the construction of a low cost scanner designed to capture multispectral images of documents. A standard sheet-feed scanner was modified by disconnecting its internal light source and connecting an external multispectral light source comprising of narrow band light emitting diodes (LED). A document was scanned by illuminating the scanner light guide successively with different LEDs and capturing a scan of the document. The system costs less than a hundred dollars and is portable. It can potentially be used for applications in verification of questioned documents, checks, receipts and bank notes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3199
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2019


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