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06:53 Feb 13, 2012
French to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Other / passports
French term or phrase: bande de lecture optique
This is from a text about biometric passports.

"...présentant un passeport valide (6 mois avant la date d'expiration) doté d'une **bande de lecture optique lisible**"

Many thanks.
Steve Melling
France
Local time: 13:40
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Summary of answers provided
4 +1optical security strip
B D Finch
4machine-readable passport or passport with a machine readable zonesurabhipotdar
3 -1BarcodeColin Morley


  

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37 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
machine-readable passport or passport with a machine readable zone


Explanation:
Please see link:http://www.vazyvite.com/html/pratique/usa_formalite.htm

surabhipotdar
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in MarathiMarathi

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  Hal D'Arpini: A bit lengthy, especially with the repetition of "passport" "Machine-readable" is really the essential part (and it should be hyphenated).
1 hr

neutral  rkillings: "machine-readable" is actually too general because biometric passports are shifting to embedded RFID devices read by radio rather than light. The term here specifies optical scanning.
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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): -1
Barcode


Explanation:
Seems a simple way of expressing what is meant here

http://www.be-root.com/tag/code/

Colin Morley
France
Local time: 13:40
Works in field
Native speaker of: English

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  rkillings: Simple but wrong. The Type 3 passport is read by OCR of printed characters, not bars. Old technology that doesn't even resemble a barcode.
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  -> Thanks for the education
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2 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
optical security strip


Explanation:
'The government considered a passport card designed by General Dynamics which uses an optical security strip, but rejected it, opting for an RFID chip. Mr. Hesse points out, “The optical strip has never been compromised. It’s the most secure medium out there to store data.”'
http://www.consumertraveler.com/columns/are-new-passport-car...



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Note added at 2 hrs (2012-02-13 09:45:34 GMT)
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Or MRZ = Machine Readable Zone. However, that would include magnetic etc., not just optical reading.

"Usually the passport is a Type 3 travel document. The Machine Readable Zone of a Type 3 travel document spans two lines and each line is 44 characters long."
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine-readable_passport


B D Finch
France
Local time: 13:40
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 49

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  rkillings: May be a strip rather than a zone, but it's not clear. The zone is a print area, whereas the strip is a polycarbonate overlay readable by hi-res laser scanning. / It's a Type 3 *zone*: www.parcs.net/media/VISA_FR.pdf
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  -> Thanks RK
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