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Emergency travel documents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Optimizing Serialization: Part 1

Despite the introduction of promising new digital security serialization technologies, letterpress numbering machines are still used to serialize most paper documents today.  A letterpress...

LIVE BLOG: U.S. State Dept. allows online passport renewals during beta testing and more...

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The Digital Person: Part 3

This series has, so far, defined the Digital Person and described its evolution, and how the Digital Person compares to ChatBots and Virtual Personal...

The Digital Person: Part 2

This series began with an expert’s definition and explanation of the Digital Person and a brief history of how it evolved. As we continue...

North Carolina Issuing Redesigned Driver License and ID Card

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles has released new driver licenses, permits and identification cards in a new design and integrating the latest in card security...