3 Levels of VIN Verification
At the municipal level, diagnostic evaluations for sale, registration, and technical inspection rely on visual examinations and measurement devices, such as thickness gauges and flaw detectors. These methods are limited as they provide only initial assessment of the VIN's legitimacy. With their help, personnel examine fonts, sizes of signs, their location, methods of attaching VIN plates, and the presence of duplicate VINs.
At the regional level, forensic investigation aims to restore erased, defective, or altered VIN markings. However, traditional tools like magnetic powder and chemical etching have proven to be flawed, hindering usability and repeatability of results. Specifically, chemical etching is a destructive method of examination that cannot be carried out multiple times and poses safety risks. On the other hand, magnetic powder investigations are unsuitable for uneven surfaces and present challenges when it comes to use in the field.
The national level represents the highest complexity of the tasks being carried out, as they are scientific in nature. For these tasks, experts use electron microscopes, X-rays, and eddy-current flaw detectors, which are expensive, professional tools that require a specific level of expertise. Nevertheless, the practical results of such time-consuming and science-intensive studies often can only establish the fact of VIN change, but cannot establish the initial value of the removed marking of the VIN.
Fast & Easy VIN Check
The goal that Regula set for itself was to design a technology that would provide the investigator with informative, reliable and repeatable results, and at the same time would be nondestructive. Fortunately, a revolutionary method called magneto-optical examination emerged as the ultimate solution. This technique reveals the relief and structural inhomogeneity of metal surfaces, regardless of surface irregularities. It ensures instant and repeatable results, while safeguarding the integrity of the examined surface.
The scope of objects eligible for examination extends beyond VINs to include firearms identification numbers, as well as technical flaw detection (search for microcracks, critical internal stresses, and defects in castings and welds).
Why Regula’s VIN Verification Technology Leads the Way
Enables comprehensive visualization and analysis of hidden relief and structural variations present on metal surfaces, all while preserving the integrity of the existing paintwork.
Rapid in-field results
The magneto-optical technology developed by Regula offers an efficient and time-saving solution. This technology facilitates the delivery of processed results within just one minute.
Materials & objects
Innovative scanning technologies allow the study of VINs on surfaces made of various materials: ferromagnetic (steels, cast irons) and non-ferromagnetic electrically conductive (aluminum alloys, stainless steels). The unique advantage of this method is the ability to study the VIN inside the surface layer of corrosion.
Rough & uneven surfaces
Irrespective of the orientation of the VIN, whether it is positioned horizontally or vertically, the remarkable adaptability of Regula 7505M effortlessly accommodates uneven surfaces. Moreover, this cutting-edge technology is fully compatible with corroded and grinded surfaces, in contrast to the other existing nondestructive methods.
Interpretations of results
The images of the magnetic field in the VIN area correspond to the relief and structure of the surface of the marking area, which allows their convenient interpretation - in particular, visual recognition of VIN primary marking symbols. In addition, the readability of VIN symbols can be improved by software processing of magnetic image graphic files.
Thanks to the technology, it becomes possible to acquire results without causing any harm or alteration to the surface being examined. Consequently, all the obtained data derived from this technology is highly repeatable, ensuring consistent and reliable findings throughout the examination process.
30 years of experience
With 30 years of expertise in forensics and cooperation with Interpol, Europol, and national banks, Regula ensures that any ID can be verified, and any fraud can be detected.
In-house R&D, proprietary manufacturing, and rare experts from forensic labs ensure the fastest innovation time to market.
The largest library of documents
The comprehensive database includes over 12,000 identity document templates from 248 countries and territories.
Serves as a one-stop shop
Get a complete toolkit to design an identity verification process without the need to manage several moving parts from different vendors.
Premium support at your fingertips
A team of in-house support experts is always ready to help you with SDK implementation and any product-related issues.
Regula provides a border control level of security: it’s deployed strictly on-premises and doesn’t collect, store or transfer your data to third parties.
What Our Customers Say
"The remote border control system by Regula facilitates second-line document authenticity verification and contributes to the efficient allocation of high-level forensic expert resources. It also enhances the overall security of border crossings. In the near future, we are planning to build up a whole chain of border checkpoints that can perform this type of document verification. We are pleased to have been the first ones to challenge themselves to try out such a smart change in the border security sector"
"As a user of the comparator Regula 4308, I've discovered numerous advantages in operating this equipment.One standout feature is the ability to adjust the height of the top camera, which allows for greater amplitude and facilitates the examination of specific document properties. Additionally, the Regula database is highly comprehensive and loaded with images in different light sources and valuable information about documents. Spectrometer handling is simple and effective which streamlines the examination of checks and allows for detailed analysis aimed to detect possible irregularities or forgeries. I also appreciate that the Regula 4308 has an integrated computer, so I only need a monitor to work efficiently. In addition to these advantages, the Regula 4308 also offers features that are highly beneficial for my work. For example, it has a 3D module that allows me to perform examinations of strokes when analyzing signatures. And it is invaluable in my authentication tasks. The comprehensive set of functions and light sources provided by the video spectral comparator eliminates the need for other devices—now I carry out all investigations with just the Regula 4308. Finally, I would like to highlight the exceptional technical support offered by the Regula company. They provide us with direct and competent assistance, which is essential for resolving any issues we may have"