All security features

1D Barcode

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A sequence of lines containing information that may be read by a scanner.

2D Barcode

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A sequence of squares containing information that may be read by a scanner.

3D Photo

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A three-dimensional image (width, height and depth). Tilting  

Anti stokes ink

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Ink that becomes visible when exposed to infrared light (with a wavelength of approximately 980nm).

Anticopy

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A security feature that is integrated in the background printing and consists of structures that are modulated in terms of direction and angle. When the feature is photo-copied, the structures become visible (or invisible).

Asymetric print

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A series of numbers and/or letters that uses different font sizes.

Aurora

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Ink containing optically variable pigments that generate a noticeable colour change (shift), depending on the angle of view and/or incidence of light. Aurora uses optically variable inks in specific colour combinations to create distinct colour shifts. Aurora consists of multiple colour pairs designed together.

Barcode watermark

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An image and/or text created during the paper production process by varying the density of the paper. A barcode watermark consists of lighter and darker vertical lines (bands).

Bleeding

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Black ink that penetrates the paper and appears as red on the opposite side of the substrate.

Blind recognition

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  An inkless relief feature that can consist of shapes,symbols,numbers and/or letters. Blind embossing is a tactile feature that can be applied onto paper and/ or polymer substrates by pressure or by heating which will deform the substrate. The result is a tactile feature in paper and/or polymer that can be checked by: Feeling Tangible elevations and recesses in the substrate. Tilting Above elevations and recesses can be made visible by using oblique light.

Changeable Laser Image

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A laser-generated optically variable image, composed of vertical lines.

Clear window

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A transparent window in a synthetic or hybrid substrate.

Combination watermark

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An image and/or text created during the paper production process by varying the density of the paper. The combination watermark consists of a single-tone and multi-tone watermark.

Continuous register

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A text or image that fits together seamlessly if you hold the ends of the substrate together.

Continuous strip

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A vertical strip (made of a synthetic, metallic or other material) added to the substrate during paper production. This strip is continuous.

Cornerstone watermark

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An image and/or text created during the paper production process by varying the density of the paper. This type of watermark consists of lighter and darker diagonal lines, and is designed to reinforce the corners (and edges) of paper banknotes and ID documents.

Deffractive optical Variable device

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An optically variable feature composed of grids that diffract light. This allows various images and effects to be generated, including colour changes (shifts) as well as 2D and 3D images.

Domino

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Perceptible relief (in the form of shapes or symbols) added for the benefit of the visually impaired. Domino has the appearance of a domino: it consists of six sets of embossed dots. Denominations are differentiated by multiple sets of dots.

Dovid laminate

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A synthetic material containing an optically variable feature composed of grids that diffract light. This allows various images and effects to be generated, including colour changes (shifts) as well as 2D and 3D images.

Fibres

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Cotton or synthetic fibres of different colours that are added to the pulp during paper production, causing them to become embedded at different depths and positions.

Guilloche

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Fine (complex) shapes comprising interwoven continuous lines, arranged in geometric patterns.

Hidden Multi Colour

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Optically variable security feature, created using a combination of offset and inkless intaglio printing. When viewed under different angles, a hidden image is revealed, changing gradually its colours.

Hilities

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Minute fluorescent particles that are added during paper production.

Hologram

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An optically variable feature composed of grids that diffract light. This allows various images and effects to be generated, including colour changes (shifts) as well as 2D and 3D images. A hologram consists of a 2D or 3D image.

HoloID

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A synthetic material containing an optically variable feature composed of grids that diffract light. This allows various images and effects to be generated, including colour changes (shifts) and 2D as well as 3D images. The laminate contains a photograph and/or biographical data.

Hot Foil

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An inkless printing technique whereby foil is stamped onto a substrate under high pressure, using a heated stamp.

Hotfoil

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Identigram Laminate

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An optically variable feature composed of grids that diffract light. This allows various images and effects to be generated, including colour changes (shifts) and 2D as well as 3D images. An Identigram contains a photograph and/or biographical data.

Infrared ink

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When checking a document with the use of infrared light, text and/or images in or on the substrate become either visible or invisible, depending on the technique used (reflection or absorbtion).

Inkless intaglio

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Perceptible relief created by means of relief embossing on a polymer substrate. The image thus created looks/feels like traditional intaglio.

Intaglio

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A printing technique that uses engraved or etched printing plates to create a relief image on the substrate. Intaglio may be recognised by the perceptible relief of the image, and the feathering of the ink.

Intaglio Contrast Effect

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ICE – Intaglio Contrast Effect An image printed with special inks by intaglio over the metal coated area of the polymer banknote. The element has an optically variable colour effect: the colours of the image become more contrasting when looking at the banknote at a very sharp angle.      

Integrated lens

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An integrated decoding lens, in the form of a film or a transparent window, for example.

Invisible Constant Information

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Hidden data that remains constant, for example a country name, a document type or an image. This data can be made visible with the aid of a decoding lens.

Invisible Personal Information (IPI)

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Hidden variable data, including the holder's name or date of birth, or the document number. This data can be viewed with a special decoding lens.

Invisible Personal Information (IPI)

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Hidden variable data, including the holder's name or date of birth, or the document number. This data can be viewed with a special decoding lens.

Invisible Variable Data

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Hidden variable data, including the holder's name or date of birth, or the document number. This data can be viewed with a special decoding lens.

Irasafe

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Ink containing semi-opaque pigments that become visible/invisible, depending on the angle of view and/or light. An iridescent ink that simultaneously displays five different colours, in vertical strips, arranged side by side.

Iridecent ink

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Ink containing semi-opaque pigments that become visible/invisible, depending on the angle of view and/or light.

Jasper

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A security feature that displays different information, depending on the angle of view (incidence of light). Jasper displays optical effects achieved through dynamic embossing.

Kinegram

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An optically variable feature composed of grids that diffract light. This allows various images and effects to be generated, including colour changes (shifts) and 2D as well as 3D images. A Kinegram consists of a high-quality 2D image.

Mechanically perforations

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Mechanically created perforations.

Meshinge

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A hinge, used to fix a synthetic biographical data page to a document (booklet).

Metallic ink

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Ink containing small metal particles that are added to achieve a metallic effect. Copper creates a gold sheen while aluminium generates a silver effect.

Micro DOVID

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An optically variable feature composed of grids that diffract light. This allows various images and effects to be generated, including colour changes (shifts) and 2D as well as 3D images. A micro DOVID is very small, and only visible at high magnification.

Micro perforation

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Microscopic laser perforations that, in combination, create text or an image.

Micro print

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Small letters, numbers and/or images that are barely perceptible with the naked eye, but become visible at low magnification (under a loupe).

Mini print

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Small letters, numbers and/or images that are just perceptible with the naked eye, and become clearly visible at low magnification (under a loupe).

Multi tone watermark

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An image and/or text created during the paper production process by varying the density of the paper. This type of watermark consists of lighter and darker sections, with different parts of the spectrum.

Nano print

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Small letters, numbers and/or images that cannot be seen with the naked eye, but become visible at high magnification (under a microscope).

Optical stripe

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A stripe with comparative large storage capacity, containing information that may be read by a scanner.

Optically Variable Device

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A security feature that displays different information, depending on the angle of view (incidence of light).

Optically Variable Ink

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Ink containing optically variable pigments that generate a noticeable colour change (shift), depending on the angle of view and/or incidence of light.

Optics

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A wide (though no wider than 18mm) vertical strip with a transparent window featuring a continuous security thread on both sides, usually with microprint.

Phosphor ink

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Ink that emits light following exposure to a light source (ambient or UV light).

Photochromatic ink

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Ink that changes colour when exposed to UV light. Once the (UV) light source is switched off, the colour change (shift) remains visible for some time before the ink returns to its original colour.

Planchettes

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Round, rectangular or hexagonal pieces of synthetic material, metal or paper that are added in or on the paper during production. They may include optically variable features, fluorescent features or microtext.

Plastic hinge

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A hinge, used to fix a synthetic biographical data page to a document (booklet).

Printed Embossed Anticopy Key

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A security feature that is integrated in the background printing and consists of structures that are modulated in terms of direction and angle. When the feature is photo-copied, the structures become visible (or invisible). An anti-copy feature that consists of a regular pattern created by means of hot foil stamping. Usually takes the form of a security thread.

Relief image

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A security feature that is integrated in the background printing and consists of structures that are modulated in terms of direction and angle. When the feature is photo-copied, the structures become visible (or invisible). This anti-copy protection comprises a number of parallel lines with small deviations, creating a 3D effect.

Ribcuts

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Cuts or holes made in a surface such as paper or foil, to make the paper or foil split when subjected to pulling forces.

Screen Angle Modulation

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A security feature that is integrated in the background printing and consists of structures that are modulated in terms of direction and angle. When the feature is photo-copied, the structures become visible (or invisible). This anti-copy security feature consists of a line pattern comprising short lines that generate a moire effect in the form of a word. 'False', for example.

Screentrap

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A security feature that is integrated in the background printing and consists of structures that are modulated in terms of direction and angle. When the feature is photo-copied, the structures become visible (or invisible). This anti-copy security feature consists of a regular line pattern in the background printing. The pattern creates a moire effect when copied.

See through

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An image that is partially printed on both sides of the substrate. When the register is viewed under transmitted light, the two parts fit together seamlessly to create a single shape or pattern.

Sewing

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The binding of a document (booklet) with the use of binding wire.

Shadow image

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An image applied to a synthetic material, and created by varying the density - and occasionally the colour - of the printed layers. The image has the appearance of a traditional watermark.

Silkscreen

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A printing technique whereby ink is pressed through a screen, onto the substrate. Screen printing may be recognized by the sawtooth-shaped edges of the printed image. It is often used on uneven surfaces or synthetic substrates.

Single tone watermark

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An image and/or text created during the paper production process by varying the density of the paper. This type of watermark is either light or dark (positive or negative).

Spark

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An optically variable ink that changes colour and brightness, giving the impression of dynamic movement.

Spark orbital

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An optically variable ink changes colour and brightness, giving the impression of dynamic movement. A bright ring can be seen moving around a central point of the image.

Spectrum

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This anti-copy protection is based on latent image technology and provides a change in colour and design, depending on the angle of view and/or incidence of light. When viewed normally the design appears a uniform colour but when viewed under different angles, a different pattern in multiple colours can be seen.

Staples

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The binding of a document (booklet) with the use of staples.

Stencil (Schablon) printing

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A printing technique that uses a multi-colour print plate image. The use of templates ensures the colours don't bleed.

Stripe

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A strip printed on a synthetic substrate, giving it the appearance of a traditional security thread.

Thermochomatic ink

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Ink that changes colour in response to a source of heat or cold. Once the heat source has been removed, the colour change (shift) remains visible for some time before the ink returns to its original colour.

Thread

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A vertical strip (made of a synthetic, metallic or other material) added to the substrate during paper production.

Thrusafe

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A fully transparent window in hybrid Durasafe substrate (paper - polymer - paper).

Tilted laserperforation

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An image created by laser perforations, carried out under different angles. The image changes depending on the angle of view.

Touch

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Perceptible relief (in the form of shapes or symbols) added for the benefit of the visually impaired. Touch consists of raised dots created by means of relief embossing.

Tracking

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A security feature that is added to glued/stapled passport photos. It consists of tank tracks, which are applied using a (manual) press. Perforations are often added between the tracks.

Transparant intaglio disappearing effect

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An anti-copy feature that consists of transparent intaglio, added to a reflective, gold or silver-coloured image by means of Intaglio printing. The Intaglio is only visible if the substrate is tilted so that the background becomes reflective.

Transparent ink

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Transparent ink that becomes visible/invisible, depending on the angle of view and/or light.

Unique font

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A character that does not form part of a standard font family.

UV Ink

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Ink that is invisible to the naked eye and that becomes visible when irradiated with Ultra Violet (UV) light. This can consist of text, a pattern or an image.

Varifeye

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An optically variable feature comprising a window made of security foil, embedded in the paper. The foil displays different patterns, depending on the lightness/darkness of the background.

Viewsafe

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A one-sided window, cut out of hybrid Durasafe substrate (paper - polymer - paper). As the window is created in the paper layer, the underlying polymer layer becomes visible.

Watermark

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An image and/or text created during the paper production process by varying the density of the paper.

Windowed

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A vertical strip (made of a synthetic, metallic or other material) added to the substrate during paper production. A strip that is intermittently visible on one side of the substrate (so-called windows).

Background static security features

Asymetric print

Blind recognition

Domino

Guilloche

Hot Foil

Inkless intaglio

Intaglio

Micro print

Mini print

Nano print

Relief image

Spectrum

Touch

Screentrap

Silkscreen

Hotfoil

Booklet features

1D Barcode

2D Barcode

3D Photo

Anti stokes ink

Anticopy

Asymetric print

Aurora

Barcode watermark

Bleeding

Blind recognition

Inks

Anti stokes ink

Bleeding

Blind recognition

Infrared ink

Irasafe

Iridecent ink

Metallic ink

Phosphor ink

Photochromatic ink

Spark

Thermochomatic ink

Transparent ink

UV Ink

Machine readable features

1D Barcode

2D Barcode

3D Photo

Anti stokes ink

Anticopy

Asymetric print

Optically variable device

1D Barcode

2D Barcode

3D Photo

Anti stokes ink

Anticopy

Asymetric print

Aurora

Barcode watermark

Bleeding

Blind recognition

Clear window

Dovid laminate

Fibres

Guilloche

Hidden Multi Colour

Hilities

Hologram

HoloID

Hot Foil

Hotfoil

Identigram Laminate

Infrared ink

Inkless intaglio

Intaglio

Integrated lens

Irasafe

Iridecent ink

Jasper

Kinegram

Meshinge

Metallic ink

Micro DOVID

Micro perforation

Micro print

Mini print

Nano print

Substrate

1D Barcode

2D Barcode

3D Photo

Anti stokes ink

Anticopy

Asymetric print

Aurora

Barcode watermark

Bleeding

Blind recognition

Clear window

Dovid laminate

Fibres

Guilloche

Hidden Multi Colour

Hilities

Hologram

HoloID

Hot Foil

Hotfoil

Identigram Laminate

Infrared ink

Inkless intaglio

Personalisation

Other security features

1D Barcode

2D Barcode

3D Photo

Anti stokes ink

Anticopy

Asymetric print

Aurora

Barcode watermark

Bleeding

Blind recognition