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Polish 20 Zloty Collectors’ Note Honors Historic Innovator

The Central Bank of Poland recently issued a new banknote to commemorate the 550th anniversary of the birth of Nicolaus Copernicus, a renowned Polish astronomer, doctor,...

History of the U.S. Passport: Part 2

In this new series of articles, Tom Topol—passport expert, collector, and author of Let Pass or Die—chronicles the fascinating history of the U.S. Passport. The...

Physical & Behavioral Biometric Technologies: Part 5

Although fingerprint recognition is one of the dominant biometric technologies available today, it is very important to take an objective view of it, from...

Fake & Forged ID Documents in the COVID Era

The COVID pandemic limited and shut down business operations around the globe, yet criminals managed to perform dastardly deeds despite the challenges—including those who...

History of the U.S. Passport: Part 1

In this new series of articles, Tom Topol—passport expert, collector, and author of Let Pass or Die—chronicles the fascinating history of the U.S. Passport....

Physical & Behavioral Biometric Technologies: Part 4

The previous article in this series served as an introduction to fingerprint recognition. This article will delve into the quality control checks that are...

Counterfeit Euro Banknotes in the COVID Era

The COVID pandemic may have curtailed or shut down business operations around the globe, but criminals managed to do their dirty work despite the...

Switzerland’s New Identity Card: Redesigned and More Secure

Switzerland will begin issuing a new, more secure national identity card on March 3, 2023, just a few months after the launch of the...

Physical & Behavioral Biometric Technologies: Part 3

So far, this series has provided an overview of physical and behavioral biometric technologies, as well as guidelines about which technology to use in...

Growth & Development of Holograms in 2023 Despite Challenges

Commercial holograms will maintain robust growth in 2023 despite the global challenges, says Dr. Paul Dunn, chair of the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA). Authentication...

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...