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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.

Identity document forgery usually focuses on the photo ID: it is the first and sometimes the unique biometric element that is checked on an ID card. Moreover, the control is often done at a glance which makes it even more vulnerable to trickery while potentially leaving room for the subjectivity of the controllers.

The Malefactors have lost no time in stepping into this breach. They are actually either modifying the original picture or replacing it completely with a forged one which is difficult to identify with naked eyes…

It is then critical to put in place the proper countermeasures to fight against these types of forgeries. There is no silver bullet to that but here below are some examples of what can leverage significantly the level of security of your ID picture:

– Use of a high security Diffractive Optically Variable Image Device (so called “DOVID”) to protect the personalized data. This type of security feature, well-established and adopted in the ID market, protects against data substitution and counterfeiting.

– Specific information, such as personal data, hidden into the ID picture itself that can be checked using a decoding lens for example. Any modifications of the picture will result in the alteration of the encoded data made visible with the control tool.

– The integration of additional ID pictures, often called “Ghost images”, increases the overall resistance of the document as each card holder’s picture must be modified or reproduced when making a fake document. This is especially true when the portraits are combined with various types of security features.

– Use of an integrated circuit chip into the identity document which stores locally an extended amount of information related to the identity document or its holder.

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Usually, documents are designed for several years. To insure the sustainability of a new ID document, it is highly recommended, when selecting a panel of security features, to balance limitations and costs. This is achieved by implementing a smart combination of well-known and innovative security features that usually require appropriate training or special equipment of control.

To overcome that, SURYS has developed a patented digital security feature that will help the controllers performing an automated authentication of the picture which is printed on the identity document without special equipment. The so called Photometrix™ solution embeds the digital signature of the picture into an encrypted 2D code which is then compared with the one from the printed picture. The control, performed using a smartphone, will confirm whether or not the picture has been modified. In option, the Photometrix™ code can also integrate a biometric comparison which links the card holder to the authenticated personalized card without any sort of subjectivity.

 

Amaury Chasseux

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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.


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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.


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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?


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THE 3 LEVELS OF CONTROL WHEN CHECKING ID DOCUMENTS

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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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...


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