About Optical Document Security

Optical Document Security - the follow-up to the biennial Conference on Optical Security and Counterfeit Deterrence Techniques - focuses on technical and scientific developments in optical security for documents and products of value.

Delegates at Optical Document Security

The conference offers a platform to researchers, developers, manufacturers and users of security to present their findings, new work and new techniques on a technical and scientific level.

Some of the most significant developments in banknote and identity document security and production technology in recent years have been first described in public at the OSCDT conference and, subsequently, Optical Document Security.

Key to the quality of the programme is the role of the Conference Committee, in which a number of industry experts and scientists participate, providing unmatched experience and knowledge in identifying and vetting the technologies that will make the most impact in years to come.

Participants in Optical Document Security are vetted in advance so that only those with a legitimate interest in the topic will be registered. And only registered badge holders are allowed into the conference rooms, ensuring a level of security that the confidential nature of the topics being presented and discussed require.

2018 Committee

Conference Chair

Ian Lancaster, Associate, Reconnaissance International; Consultant (UK)

For 35 years Ian M Lancaster has specialised in holography, optical security and authentication technologies. He is co-founder and for over 20 years was Managing Director of Reconnaissance International, which specialises in providing business and market intelligence about anti-counterfeiting, authentication and holography, through newsletters, manuals, directories, market reports, and strategic consultancy. He originated Holography News® and was its editor from 1990 to 2015. He was also founder editor of Authentication News™, director of Reconnaissance’s anti-counterfeiting and holography conferences,and chief analyst and writer of the company’s holography industry reports.

Ian made his first hologram in 1980, then in 1982 founded Third Dimension Ltd to make silver halide holograms for wall décor and promotion. He was Executive Director of the Museum of Holography in New York 1986-88, and has been a member of the committee for the Optical Security Conference since it was started by Ruud van Renesse in 1996. He was General Secretary of the International Hologram Manufacturers’ Association from 1993 to 2015.

2018 Committee Members

  • Hans de Heij, De Nederlandsche Bank (Netherlands)
  • Paul Dunn, OpSec (UK)
  • Ernesto González Candela, Bank of Mexico
  • Christopher Haas, 3M (USA)
  • Pan Lihua, Security Identification Union (China)
  • Volker Lohweg, INIT, Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
  • John Mercer, Document Sec Alliance (USA)
  • Takuya Onuki, Toppan Printing (Japan)
  • Narumi Pereira Lima, Federal Police, Brasil
  • Tony Poole, AJW Inc (USA)
  • Johannes Schaede, KBA- Notasys (Switzerland)
  • Elisabeth Schulz, European Central Bank (Europe)
  • Andrey Smirnov, Krypten Corporation (Russia)
  • Marc Surrency, Federal Reserve Board (USA)
  • Harald Walter, OVD Kinegram (Switzerland)

Conference Director

Mark Deakes of Reconnaissance International