San Francisco, USA
10–12 FEBRUARY 2016


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Advances in Optically Variable Magnetic Printing Technologies

Edgar Müller Friday 12 February 09:45

SICPA (Switzerland)

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The magnetic orienting of optically variable pigment particles during the printing process yields appealing, dynamic shape- and color-changing images.

The paper addresses, based on experimental measurements and their interpretation, some relationships between the pigment orientation in the obtained images and the characteristics of pigment and ink, the properties of the orienting magnets, and the curing conditions of the printed ink.


Virtual Identity Document—Sooner, Later Or Never

Raymond Wong Friday 12 February 10:30

Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong)

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This paper will explore a possible way in detail how a virtual identity document is available for real-time and on-line verification of identity using electronic or portable devices in a secure and non-repudiable manner.

The information flow and areas of concern will be addressed. Rather than a product description, this paper is intended more for comments and further deliberation to stimulate revolutionary and transformative thoughts for the future.

Bucharest, Romania
14–16 MARCH 2016


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Challenges and Opportunities for Mobile Document Verification

Franz Daubner

Austrian Institute of Technology (Austria)

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With the ever-growing number of border crossing attempts, new and more efficient solutions for identity control at borders are needed.

Mobile solutions are required in scenarios where stationary solutions are not an option, including border checks in trains, at the car or in busses.

This presentation gives an overview of two different approaches to new solutions for mobile document checking solutions, developed in the context of two ongoing research projects: MobilePass (EU-FP7) targets the development of a new embedded hardware and software platform for mobile border checks, focusing on functionality and portability aspects. Modentity (Austrian Kiras) follows an approach employing smartphones taking over functionality of document readers and biometric authentication devices for such checks, all integrated in one device which helps to significantly reduce cost.

The presentation outlines implemented new workflows for mobile solutions highlighting the challenges of (1) fast OCR information retrieval including MRZ and Visible Zone readout; (2) automated inspection of optical security features and electronic verification;  and (3) biometric authentication with on-chip data. All these solutions are developed within consortiums of technological suppliers, research institutions and governmental authorities taking usability, scalability and security into account.

Vitan Grancharov, Keit

A New Approach to Visa and Identity Document Security Challenging the Migrant Crisis

Vitan Grancharov

KEIT (Bulgaria)

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At the moment Europe has been facing one of its greatest challenges to tackle the immigrant crisis. More and more refugees are crossing the borders of Europe’s countries with or without any identity documents. But most dangerous fact is the one related to those who do that with fake visa and identity documents which open the doors to huge threats. Therefore new approaches are needed as utilization of hi-end encryption and laser micro-perforation to tackle the visa counterfeit.

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.
Tom Kinneging, ICAO

The 7th Edition of ICAO Doc 9303

Tom Kinneging


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Until last year ICAO’s Doc 9303 consisted of
•             Part 1 – specifications for Machine Readable Passports, built up from two Volumes, one for the physical specifications and one containing the electronic specifications.
•             Part 2 – specifications for Machine Readable Visas.
•             Part 3 – specifications for Machine Readable Official Travel Documents, also built up from two Volumes.
•             The Supplement to Doc 9303.
•             Eight Technical Reports.

The three parts contain duplicate, mainly general, specifications. The Volumes 2 of part 1 and part 3 are even almost entirely identical. Finding one’s way in the huge amount of information, structured in an inefficient manner, was not easy.

The seventh edition of Doc 9303 is the result of a revision project that started in 2011 to achieve a more efficient structure. As a result of this project the contents of the Supplement as well as the eight Technical Reports have been incorporated into twelve parts that Doc 9303 now consists of. Each part addressing isolated specifics of Machine Readable Travel Documents, general information and form factor dependant specifications.

This new approach allows the user to download the complete standard, free of charge, or parts of it as he chooses.

Mexico City, Mexico
20–22 JUNE 2016

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05–07 DECEMBER 2016