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Chip implants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Sometimes Nature Trumps Tradition in ID Document Design

While the world increasingly runs on technology, nature is making an unexpected appearance in some countries’ passports and other ID documents. Portraits of monarchs...

Suriname Adds SRD 200 and SRD 500 Denomination Banknotes

The Central Bank of Suriname has added two new denominations to the country’s family of banknotes. The new notes, SRD 200 and SRD 500,...

Zimbabwe Unveils a New Family of Banknotes: The “ZiG”

Effective April 8, 2024, Zimbabwe has a new family of banknotes nicknamed Zig, which stands for “Zimbabwe Gold.” The ZiG currency replaces a Zimbabwean...

Peru Adds a 200-Soles Note to Its Newest Banknote Family

Peru’s newest family of banknotes now has a new member: the 200-soles note, which was put into circulation in December 2023. The Central Reserve...

LIVE BLOG: Illinois allows gender-neutral option on driver’s licenses and ID cards

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