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Emergency travel documents

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As security features for travel documents, MRTDs and especially e‑Passports are nowadays much more difficult to counterfeit, fraudsters are increasingly seeking out weaker points...

Beyond line artwork

Joel Zlotnick, Jordan Brough and Troy Eberhardt Commercial dot halftone patterns are often avoided in security design in favour of custom line artwork for two...

Near-infrared active personalisation

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Modern polycarbonate identity documents have been approved in many countries due to the material’s exceptional mechanical and optical properties and fraud resistance. The manufacturers...

Plasmonic metamaterials

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Metamaterials, artificial composites with properties not found in nature, have revolutionised the way to control electromagnetic radiation. When implemented at infrared and visible frequencies,...

Designing identity documents

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In recent years, identity document issuance solutions have undergone significant advances, incorporating a wave of new technologies that enable identity documents to be more...

The weakest link

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Presenting a genuine and authentic travel, residence and/or identity document is no guarantee of the true identity of the holder. The weakest link in...

Official and diplomatic travel documents

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Official and diplomatic travel documents do not fit the mould of citizen documents. How do issuance authorities cope with managing these documents to ensure...

Hand geometry recognition

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Hand geometry recognition is one of the oldest biometric technologies today; in fact, it is even older than that of fingerprint recognition. It is...

Free Resource: Keesing’s State-Specific REAL ID At-a-Glance Guide

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REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards are now the real deal in the United States. If it’s your job to check the driver’s...

Eastern Caribbean States’ New $50 Commemorative Note

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The Caribbean state of Grenada will soon celebrate the 50th anniversary of its independence from Britain with a new $50 commemorative banknote that depicts...

Kenya Kicks Off Digital Identity Pilot Program [Update]

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Update: Just a month after Kenya launched the rollout its new digital identity pilot program in November 2023, the country’s High Court ordered the process...

Pre-2021 Liberian Banknotes No Longer Legal Tender by 3/31/24

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All Liberian banknotes dated before 2021 will cease to be legal tender on March 31, 2021, according to the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL). The...

Coming Soon: 100 and 200-Krone Updated Danish Banknotes

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The Danmarks Nationalbank continues to update its 2009 Series of banknotes. The first of the upgraded banknotes, called the 2009A Series, was the new...