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Chip implants

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Microchips implanted into the human body are an interesting alternative to e-ID documents. However, this technology implies a great potential for abuse. This article...

The Chinese e-Passport project

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China has a long history of issuing identification documents for travel to neighbouring countries. According to surviving records dating from the late seventeenth century,...

Spotting the differences

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In January of this year, the European Central Bank (ECB) unveiled the full design of the new EUR 5 banknote. This banknote is the...

Strategic goals regarding travel documents

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In line with the strategic goals of the OSCE, the largest regional security organisation in the world, the OSCE’s Action against Terrorism Unit (ATU)...

Authentication technique composite substrates

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Composite substrates that contain paper and polymer layers with the same thickness as traditional security paper are novel options for security documents, and unique...

Disruptive technologies in personal identification

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In 2012, Smithers Pira published a major new study called ‘Ten-year Forecast of Disruptive Technologies in Personal Identification to 2022’1. The target of the...

Looking back and ahead

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Ten years have passed since the first issue of Keesing’s Journal of Documents graced the desks of executives, technology suppliers, consultants, and others with...

Protecting vulnerable document elements

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ID documents are valuable and must be protected against criminal attempts to counterfeit or tamper with them. The personal data, and in particular the...

Biometrics in the cloud

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Until recently, businesses had to acquire their own information technology infrastructure, and house it within their own facilities. Although this set-up does have some...