Optical Document Security Conference highlights innovation in protection regimes

The 2020 Optical Document Security Conference runs in California (Photograph by Paul Sakuma Photography)

The 2020 Optical Document Security Conference runs in California (Photograph by Paul Sakuma Photography)

New ways in which to identify fake security devices on banknotes, passports and other secured documents will be at the heart of the Optical Document Security Conference for central banks, ID issuers and authorities, banknote and ID printers/integrators and secure document component suppliers.

The Optical Document Security Conference, which takes place in San Francisco from 29-31 January, will provide insight and guidance for everyone involved in improving the specification, design, production and examination of security documents.

The 2020 event will focus on the latest innovations in optical document security features. Among the topics up for discussion will be caustic optics, asymmetric microstructures and plasmonic technologies from international industry leaders.

This well-established and respected conference takes place as the transition from the physical to the digital world gathers pace, so it brings together the best aspects of each being used to secure personally sensitive and financial information.

The Short Course which precedes the conference has forensic examiners from Interpol and the US Department of Homeland Security explaining how they set about examining documents and detection and the trends they’re seeing in fraudulent optical features. Given the sensitive nature of this course only people with a legitimate interest in the topic will be accepted for it.

Sessions will examine human factors and design in optical document security, novel materials, production methods and the rapid adoption of smart phone technology in anti-counterfeiting strategies.

The conference, which is organised by Reconnaissance International (itself an authoritative source on secured documents) is for professionals in the public and private sectors involved with the design, production or examination of Government-issued security documents including financial, tax and ID documents.

Optical security features

An essential part of the conference is the exhibition of novel optical security features which takes place during the conference dinner. This allows participants to examine and learn more about items covered in the conference papers.

Conference director Dr Mark Deakes of Reconnaissance International commented: “We are living through a watershed period in how we manage what must be secure documents and secure information. The conference comes as a timely opportunity to engage in the debate and examine the most pressing issues, particularly as the co-existence between the physical and the digital worlds gathers pace.”

There will be papers from SICPA on caustic optics, OVD Kinegram on asymmetric microstructures and SURYS on its latest plasmonic features.

Plasmonics also features in papers from OpSec and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, a newcomer to the Optical Document Security Conference.

Conference newcomers Pulsetech Security, Demax and Polytechnique Montréal will present on reflection holograms with QR codes for smart phone recognition, plasmonic colour control for smart phone verification and electrochromic materials respectively.

Central banks are also on the agenda. A paper from the European Central Bank will focus on analysing fake Euro holograms, while the Bank of Canada will report on its work on perception studies.

*For more information visit www.opticaldocumentsecurity.com

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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