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Passport security trends: a revolution on the third page

Category: Identity

Since the September 11th attacks, tremendous efforts have been made to protect travel documents. With an urge to better guard borders, governments have invested in passports protection. Logically, the focus has been on the security of the data page, the place where most forgeries happen. But what about security on other pages? 

A number of security features has piled up over the years: from ultraviolet to optical variable ink, from clear window to personalized perforation, from 2nd portrait to tactile elements, without forgetting the exponential technology leaps of DOVIDs. 

Right now, the amount of security features embedded in a data page is significant and that is the way it should be. At the same time, this weakens the security of the rest of the booklet. Indeed, if counterfeiters can get hold a data page or find a way to forge it, the whole document is in danger. In a certain way, the strength of a very secured data page has become its Achilles heel. 

This is even more relevant when it comes to a Polycarbonate data page. The concept of such passports requires the data page and the booklet being produced separately and being put together only at the last stage of the manufacturing process. These kinds of data pages become an outside element of the booklet. 

Due to these reasons, we are witnessing an increasing demand to secure another page of the passport booklet. The obvious choice is the 3rd page, or the so-called observation page. In the recent years some countries have been applying standard security features on the 3rd page: optical variable ink, holographic laminates, or 2nd or 3rd portraits. The latest is actually very pertinent. The photograph on the data page being the most forged element in a passport pushes governments to duplicate the picture on another place. A portrait on the 3rd page enables border controllers to easily compare this picture with the one on the data page. This creates a link between the data page and the rest of the booklet, as stated necessary earlier. 

But one problem remains: how to create a forge-proof portrait on the data page? If counterfeiters are able to forge the main portrait, they can also do it with the 3rd page portrait. To resolve this issue, SURYS’ engineers have labored a product that is now mature: the HoloID™.

The HoloID™ is a personalized hologram, i.e. a portrait based on holographic characteristics, thus extremely difficult to forge. To achieve this, we use a photopolymer patch on which a varnish is applied at the stage of personalization. The varnish swallows the photopolymer at different depths depending on the wavelength used for each “pixel”. By controlling the wavelength of the varnish applied, the photopolymer can be controlled to make it reveal the desired portrait. This portrait will be exactly the same than the one used on the data page, making it easy for controllers to confirm that the document is genuine.

The HoloID™ has been crafted with an important goal in mind: increase the security of a passport booklet without increasing the burden on the personalization side. Therefore, SURYS has developed modules based on simple inkjet printer engines to ensure a smooth personalization system, centralized or decentralized, and to keep the costs low.

There is a growing need to secure the 3rd page or observation page of a passport booklet. To respond to this need, HoloID™ solution offers:

– A very strong level 1 security feature

– A link between the data page and the 3rd page thanks to the common portrait

– A simple personalization add-on to keep machine investment low

Alexandre Benjamin & Serge Wsevolojskoy


Picture protection, the sinews of war!

Category: Identity

The identity of a person can be as simple as his/her name and ID picture. This is what allows others to recognize and differentiate you among many people. Being recognized as an individual is part of everyone’s life which makes identity even more critical to protect.


Documentless identification: Promising new mobile identification use cases

Category: Identity

Mobile identification is the latest and biggest buzzword in the identification industry. Far from being a clearly defined term, though, ‘mobile ID’ describes many different technologies with different purposes. Mobile ID scenarios describe so many stakeholders, use cases and environments that it would be difficult if not impossible for one technology to address them all. This is a good time to discuss the conflicting requirements and use cases for mobile ID.


4 factors to take into account when you choose your Inkjet Passport Printer

Category: Identity

Centralisation of passport issuance has a lot of advantages: security, skilled operators, dedicated organization and consistent daily production.

Nowadays, trend is the use of “all in one equipment’s” with an average throughput from 250 up to 1000 passports per hour! Large majority is equipped with industrial inkjet heads and UV curable inks, to cope with high productivity requirements.


All fakes are not created equal

Category: Identity

While all types of document fraud are on the rise, ID document forgery is booming - in particular that of passports - the document that attests of the identity and nationality of the bearer whilst enabling cross-border circulation.
Fake passports represent roughly 54% of document fraud in France, followed by National ID cards, which are around 18.5%.

Why are there so many different words to describe a "fake"? What are their differences?



Category: Identity

The checking of ID documents often requires more than a simple visual control.
Let’s take advantage of back-to-school season to review our verification and inspections skills. According to Keesing’s Document experts there are levels of control when checking ID documents.
Here is what you need to know about each of the 3 levels of control:

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