Our Product Portfolio

We have been developing solutions to read documents such as IDs, bar codes, magnetic strips and chip cards for more than 30 years. Areas of application range from simply reading or visually recording data all the way to full authentication. From simple passport scanners to completely stand-alone self-service solutions, our versatile product portfolio allows us to respond flexibly to a wide range of customer requirements.

Photo of DESKO Managing Director Werner Zahn

Made in Germany

Each DESKO device incorporates the knowledge gained from over 30 years of experience and use in the field. The products are in-house developments, which are manufactured together with regional partners. The seal of quality "Made in Germany" stands for quality and reliability worldwide. DESKO keeps this claim high and relies on the location advantage Germany.


DESKO is a company located in Bayreuth, Germany. Its name is an acronym formed from the German words for: data, input, systems, and concepts. DESKO was founded in 1991 by Werner Zahn and Bruno Geyer. Its success story began with the development of magnetic strip readers for the banking sector. In subsequent years, our product range and application areas were constantly developed. Today, DESKO is a technological pioneer in the field of automated data transfer. DESKO GmbH is now a family-run company under the management of Werner Zahn. The continuous growth of the company led to the foundation of a parent company, DESKO Holding, in 2003 which comprises subsidiaries in the USA and Singapore along with the headquarters in Bayreuth.  

As a medium-sized international company, DESKO relies on a dedicated team of employees and a network of numerous sales partners around the world. DESKO products are sold in over 100 countries worldwide. Over 250,000 devices are in use every day at airports, banks, government agencies, security companies, and more. You can see our products live in action at the Nuremberg or Munich airports, for example. They are used to assist airline staff or airport personnel at check-in, security and access controls, as well as during the boarding process.

Exterior view of DESKO headquarters in Bayreuth, Germany


Over an area of 2,000 square meters, the representative DESKO company building in Bayreuth provides an attractive and modern workspace for up to 70 employees. This makes DESKO well-prepared for future requirements, new markets and the development of innovative technologies.

Panoramic view of the exterior of the DESKO company building at the headquarters in Bayreuth, Germany.
Flags of the USA and China side by side


With the founding of DESKO Holding in 2003, the company laid a further foundation stone for its optimal international positioning. This was followed by the founding of DESKO sister companies in North America and Asia in order to optimally serve these markets.

DESKO Managing Directors Alexander and Werner Zahn in conversation

Company History

What began as a start-up company in the 1990s is now a successful international company that sells its products in over 100 countries around the world. Read here about the milestones in DESKO’s company history spanning more than 24 years.

Connections soldered by hand for the production of DESKO IDenty chrom®.


Around the world, DESKO is synonymous with: Quality made in Germany. DESKO guarantees this quality promise with technological developments resulting from cooperation between the company’s own top-qualified technical staff and external scientific institutions, long-term manufacturing partners as well as the company’s solid market experience.

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