High Security Printing - Europe specialises in the production and issue of currency, fiduciary documents, ID cards, e-passports, visas, vehicle documents and licences

What Makes This Event Special

The conference provided a great overview about the current trends and developments in the field of high security printed products. It provided a good opportunity to meet with key players in the industry.

Hungarian National Bank


Alexander Derricott, IHS

A Changing European Identity Market – Mobiles and Migrants

Alexander Derricott


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Identity in Europe has been seen as a fairly mature market, as many countries that were likely to introduce some sort of advanced ID card have already done so. Due to the “Migrant Crisis” however there has been a significant change in the very fundamentals of the European identity card market over the last year. The sheer quantity of people that have entered the European Schengen zone and fears over security, for both the indigenous population and migrants, means that identity cards programmes have been reassessed by governments.

There have been significant developments in the mobile space even though much of the focus in Europe has been on the issuance of physical credentials.  The mobile identity is not likely to replace a physical card in the foreseeable future, it is however likely to start to play a greater role in our daily lives. The use of two-factor authentication is becoming more widespread: for purchases online, access to social media accounts and accessing services. A standard username and password is not offering the security needed for an ever increasing online world and mobile identity could offer some solutions.

Finally the migrant crisis has also brought into focus identity from the rest of the Middle East and Africa.   The region has by far the most untapped growth and governments across the region look set to embrace some sort of improved identity management. While Europe may have the most acute identity management crisis at the moment, it is Africa and Middle East that look set to offer various stakeholders the most amount of opportunity.

The presentation will cover 4 major topics:

  1. The current identity situation in Europe.
  2. The impact of the Migrant Crisis.
  3. The future of mobile identity.
  4. Opportunities in the Middle East and Africa.
Mari Pedak, e-Governance Academy

From E-ID to E-Society – Estonia’s National E-ID Programme

Mari Pedak

e-Governance Academy (Estonia)

Royal Netherlands Marechaussee

WYSIWYC – What You Scan is What You Check

Hans De Moel

Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Ministry of Defence (Netherlands)

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There is a great variety of Document Inspection Systems (DIS) on the market and in use with Border Control agencies. In this presentation the differences in the optical part of document scanners will be shown. The impact of these differences in image quality will have a direct result on the quality of the whole inspection system.

Most document scanners will produce images in ultraviolet (UVA), visible (VIS) and infrared (NIR) light. Not all of these scanners however will produce images with the same or even similar information. Resolution and sharpness play in important role, but also the way of illumination and the kind of filtering are crucial to reveal details in the recorded image. In this presentation significant difference between some scanners will be highlighted.

Over the years document scanners have improved, where the earliest models had a resolution under 300 dpi and had difficulty with Optical Character Recognition (OCR), current models are up to 600 dpi and some models are even around 1000 dpi with even the possibility of reading microtext.

If the holder page of a passport is illuminated in a certain way, the document may show (a lot of) glare or other optical interferences compared to the desired image of that page. Different scanners have different ways of illumination and therefore result in a different images of the same page.

Depending upon the information in the scanned image certain security features can or cannot be checked. Therefore what you scan is what you check!

Arek Manikowski, National Bank of Poland

Why Did the National Bank of Poland Decide to Introduce the 500 Zloty?

Arkadiusz Manikowski

National Bank of Poland (Poland)

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Narodowy Bank Polski began work on the new banknote denomination 500 zl. The purpose of new denomination introduction is i.a. reduction of issue cost, improvement of the cash stock handling and payments efficiency. On the new note will be the image of King Jan III Sobieski, so chronological continuity of the Monarch series will be saved. The NBP has no plans to introduce 500 zl banknotes into circulation before 2017.

Author will try to answer the question formulated in the title by using of:

–              Different models of denominations structure

–              Comparative analysis with other countries.

Additionally, projection of new denominations structure in Poland will be presented. Author will also show results of studies on the potential risks related to issue of the highest denomination notes which in particular refer to influence on inflation and shadow economy.

Laetitia Maddalena, Fedpol

Trends in Travel and ID Document Fraud and Counterfeiting

Laetitia Maddalena

Federal Office of Police, Federal Department of Justice and Police (Switzerland)

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The Federal Office of Police collects identity documents fraud cases from the police, immigration and border control services in Switzerland. The profound analysis of these cases enables us each year to obtain a global view on the trends and evolution in this field. 2015 has been a record year in terms of numbers and has pushed us to rethink our way to integrate the international political and socio-economical influences on fraud cases detected in Switzerland.

The main goal of this presentation is to present the new trends in ID document fraud and counterfeiting by focusing on the past years 2014 and 2015.

  • Where and when were fraud cases reported?
  • What kind of fraud did we detect?
  • Which document types were most targeted and why?
  • How can we explain this evolution in Switzerland?
National Bank of Georgia

The New Lari Series

Mariam Zavradashvili

National Bank of Georgia (Georgia)

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Banknotes play an essential role in our day-to-day lives. Confidence in banknotes is entirely based on trust in the currency, the organization behind it and the authenticity of the banknote.

Issuing authorities worldwide are continuously confronted with new developments in the design, production, quality, and the life cycle of banknotes in circulation. A Central Bank therefore has to continuously innovate, transform, and modernize its currency operations in order to stay one step ahead of counterfeiters, but similarly to optimize the efficiency of their currency operations.

When selecting an appropriate design and security features for a banknote, it is rather important to make sure they can be quickly authenticated for easy public recognition, and difficult to reproduce for anti-counterfeiting purposes.

After 3-year untiring works, in February 2016, the National Bank of Georgia started to issue the upgraded Lari Banknotes improved in quality and in conformity with the latest standards.

During the 20-year history of Georgian Lari, this is the first major upgrade of the banknote design. The main reason is the need to upgrade the banknote series with new elements and giving them more precise and modern appearance. At the same the original and well-known Lari banknote themes have been preserved. The upgraded Lari banknotes are characterized with distinct colour spectrum harmonically synchronized with dominant and contrast colours of the main plots. The new banknotes have modern and high technological security features providing better protection against counterfeiting and, at the same time, are easily intelligible to users.

The presentation describes the decision-making process and some of the policy considerations behind the design and launch of the upgraded banknotes, from a perspective of the National Bank. These range from the early stages of selecting the main trends to the development of an information campaign and the process of getting the market ready for accepting the new banknotes. Considering the above, the presentation will cover the following main topics:

  • Organization and planning;
  • Designing and development;
  • Procurement management and procedures;
  • Production and delivery;
  • Unveiling and Preparation;
  • Issuance;
  • Current challenges and further plans.
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