New ways to identify fake security devices on banknotes, passports and other secured documents will be at the heart of the Optical Document Security conference for central banks, ID issuers and authorities, banknote and ID printers or integrators, and secure document component suppliers.

The Optical Document Security conference – which takes place in San Francisco, California, from 29 to 31 January 2020 – will provide insight and guidance for everyone involved in improving the specification, design, production and examination of security documents.

According to a press release, the 2020 event will focus on the latest innovations in optical document security features.

Among the topics will be caustic optics, asymmetric microstructures and plasmonic technologies from international industry leaders.

This well-established and respected conference takes place as the transition from the physical to the digital world gathers pace, so it brings together the best aspects of each being used to secure personally sensitive and financial information.

The Short Course which precedes the conference has forensic examiners from Interpol and the US Department of Homeland Security explaining how they set about examining documents and detection and the trends they are seeing in fraudulent optical features.

Given the sensitive nature of this course, only people with a legitimate interest in the topic will be accepted for it, the press release stated.

The 2020 Optical Document Security conference will showcase innovation in document protection. Delegates will be able to examine one of the novel security features at the exhibition held during the conference dinner.

Sessions will examine human factors and design in optical document security, novel materials, production methods and the rapid adoption of smartphone technology in anti-counterfeiting strategies.

The conference, organised by Reconnaissance International – an authoritative source on secured documents – is for people in the public and private sectors involved with the design, production or examination of government issued security documents including financial, tax and ID documents.

An essential part of the conference is the exhibition of novel optical security features which takes place during the conference dinner. This allows participants to examine and learn more about items covered in the conference papers.

Conference director Dr Mark Deakes of Reconnaissance International said: “We are living through a watershed period in how we manage what must be secure documents and secure information.

“So, the conference comes as a timely opportunity to engage in the debate and examine the most pressing issues, particularly as the co-existence between the physical and the digital worlds gathers pace.”

There will be papers from SICPA on caustic optics, OVD Kinegram on asymmetric microstructures and SURYS on its latest plasmonic features. Plasmonics also features in papers from OpSec and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, a newcomer to ODS.

Conference newcomers Pulsetech Security, Demax and Polytechnique Montréal will present on reflection holograms with QR codes for smartphone recognition, plasmonic colour control for smartphone verification, and electrochromic materials respectively.

Central banks are also on the agenda. A paper from the European Central Bank will focus on analysing fake Euro holograms while the Bank of Canada will report on its work on perception studies.

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