Fast and reliable visual check : new security features contribute to a more efficient border control

Category: Identity

Did you ever imagine how many people travel each year through big European Capitals? In 2014 only for Paris Airports, the traffic represents 92 million passengers and 40% of them are flying to or coming from outside Europe. It means that almost 100 000 passports need to be checked every day. Among these passengers probably hundreds or even thousands do not want to be traced or identified.  In fact, Criminals and terrorists are travelling using forge or counterfeited documents in order to cheat on their real identity and become untraceable. 

Our first line of defense towards those criminals or terrorists is a better identification and traceability of their documents; Border control officers are keys in the detection of forged or counterfeited documents. 

Despite huge efforts dedicated to improve security and better passenger identification, it is barely impossible to memorize all passports template and security features of the few hundreds types of passports coming from over 200 different countries. Knowing that a rise in fictive document issued by non-existing organization or even non-existing countries has been noted, it makes the job even more difficult to our officers. 

In order to have a greater detection of fraudulent documents we need to focus not only on the document itself but rather on his security features. On top of the specific printing methods, the paper and physic specificities of the passports contain a wide range of modern security features that are much more complex and difficult to counterfeit or imitate than traditional ones. 

To identify security features it is crucial to keep controllers up to date on latest technologies to secure passports. Even if a document database like listing documents and their security features significantly help, constant training with workshops and a good knowledge of the security features available on the market is a must.

The most important line of security for a document remains the first level of authentication.  According to the Polish Border Police, 80% of ID documents forgery is related to the manipulation of the picture area.  To get a quick, comprehensive and inviolable optical feature, the DID™ or HoloID™ from SURYS can protect the bearer’s photo and the variable data in a very simple way and protect the entire surface to secure all variable information.

Main benefits of those security features are their compatibility with all ID and Travel documents, their easiness to be recognized, explained and memorized. There are easy to control and impossible to imitate or forge. Since its first implementation in 2003, no forged or imitated DID™ feature has been reported. 

From Science to confidence SURYS manages the Journey.

Michel Sochocki