IQ Structures has designed a new set of visual security elements for the protection of banknotes against counterfeiting.

The Czech research and production organisation said in a statement the new elements include plastic (polymer) banknotes and paper notes, on three levels (open, secret and forensic protection).

Petr Franc, director of IQ Structures’ security division, says anti-counterfeit protection of banknotes is “challenging.”

“Security elements must withstand at least ten years, keep the perfect optical quality and show resistance against abrasion and other physical and chemical stress,” he said.

“Moreover, it must enable even common untrained users to identify genuine money.”

New IQ Structures’ banknote protection portfolio includes:

  • Key-holes hologram. This new element of visual anti-counterfeiting protection enables placing of a virtual image on area smaller than the image itself.
  • Tools for automatic reading and automated check.
  • Hologram with special visual effects, such as achromatic objects clearly visible under low-quality light.

According to IQ Structures, all these elements can be implemented in a hologram or in other security technologies and adapted to the specific needs of banknotes.

“Our ambition is to invent, design and deliver insuperable anti-counterfeit protection for banknotes. It is the reason we extend the capacity of our production facilities and further enhance our security. We can benefit from operating in the premises of nuclear facilities with strict security management.” Robert Dvorak, sales manager of in IQ Structures’ security division, added.

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