The verification of travel documents’ authenticity is key to border checks and forensic investigations. However, the growing complexity of document security and border control pressures often make it impossible to confirm whether documents are genuine or counterfeited.

The EU-funded iMARS project aims to provide image morphing and manipulation attack detection solutions for the evaluation of ID document authenticity, ID document verification and fraud detection. iMARS will deliver mobile tools to check document integrity.

The technology will be assessed from an ethical, legal and societal perspective, and validated in real border control conditions.

iMARS will support standardisation of these solutions and of their evaluation protocols, and will provide training, guidelines and best practices to border guards, document investigators and passport application officers.