New Report Explores Printing Beyond Colour

Many technologies and features with their roots in commercial printing have made, and continue to make, a substantial contribution to secure document production. However, these technologies have for the most part been concerned with producing visual colours, perceived by the unaided eye as conventional colour printing.

Reports - December 22, 2021 midnight

Are Governments Ready for Digital Transformation?

The Hype Cycle™ is a well-established graphical tool used to represent the trigger, adoption, maturity and application of a specific technology and so characterise the complete life cycle of that technology’s adoption.

Reports - December 22, 2021 midnight

ODDS Conference – Rescheduled

Registration is now open for the rescheduled Optical & Digital Document Security (ODDS) conference and seminar, which will be in Vienna, Austria, 11-13 April, with the programme available to view online at

Events - December 22, 2021 midnight

Identity Fraud in the Modern Era

It is inevitable that as we witness a move from physical to digital assertion of an identity to gain access to financial, retail and payment services we should see an attendant rise in the number and types of digital identity scams.

Digital Identity - December 22, 2021 midnight

News in Brief

South African crypto-based money transfer fintech Xago has claimed a world-first in bringing neuromorphic computing to biometric verification and authentication. The mobile app uses neuromorphic computing technologies to simulate human cognition – how the brain naturally and instinctively recognises people.

News - December 22, 2021 midnight

Health Status Proof – Time to Step Up

The introduction to Reconnaissance International’s white paper ‘Vaccination Certificates and Immunity Passports – Health Status Proof’, stated that ‘standardisation and interoperability is inevitable to navigate the thousands of bilateral arrangements that are already emerging'.

Editorial - December 22, 2021 midnight

IDEMIA Unveils LASINK™ Helios

IDEMIA has launched a new security feature, based on optically variable elements, that combines colour personalisation and DOVID technologies to secure secondary portraits.

Technical Features - December 22, 2021 midnight

EU Investigating Private Key Leak in Forged COVID Passports

According to reports on ‘threatpost’, ‘BleepingComputer’ and other online platforms, the private key used to sign EU Digital COVID certificates has been leaked and is being circulated on messaging apps and online data breach marketplaces.

Health Status - December 8, 2021 midnight

Physical to Digital: Be Careful What You Hope For

The move to assert digital identities in instances when previously a person (or persons) would need to be present has undoubtedly brought convenience and speed to executing many legal, travel and governmental transactions.

Digital Identity - December 8, 2021 midnight

VDS – More Than Just a Low-Cost Alternative to Document Microchips

The new visible digital seals (VDS), originally adopted by countries for travel document verification, are now gaining wider international acceptance as affordable and efficient solutions to the global challenge of providing travellers with an internationally verifiable proof of health.

Authentication - December 7, 2021 midnight

ISO Publishes New Standard for Mobile Driving Licences

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has published ISO/IEC 18013-5 which, amongst other things, specifies the interface between the Mobile Driving Licence (mDL) and mDL reader and the interface between the mDL reader and the issuing authority infrastructure.

Free - December 7, 2021 midnight

Company News

The Danish National Police, Rigspolitiet, has awarded IDEMIA with a ten-year contract plan to develop and maintain a new border management system for the external Schengen borders of Denmark due to the annual increase in visitors and the changed EU regulations.

News - December 7, 2021 midnight

News in Brief

Starting from 8 November, non-citizen, non-immigrant air travellers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane, with only limited exceptions.

News - December 7, 2021 midnight

Biometric Authentication for Dummies

London based cyber-security business, iProov, has published a guide providing an overview of how organisations across all industries can use biometric authentication to maximise their potential return on investment.

Authentication - December 7, 2021 midnight

News in Brief

OVD Kinegram (OVDK), based in Zug, Switzerland and a subsidiary of the KURZ Group, specialises in the design, production and supply of the KINEGRAM® optical security feature for government documents and banknotes.

News - November 3, 2021 midnight

Company News

Global manufacturer of secure document printing and personalisation equipment, Mühlbauer, has added the IDENTIFIER 60 Plus to its established portfolio of passport personalisation machines.

News - November 2, 2021 midnight

The FCC Wants to Crack Down on SIM Swapping

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released its proposed cybersecurity rules including an attempt to prevent the serious problem of SIM swapping – a common form of digital identity theft that is particularly difficult to protect against.

Cybersecurity - November 2, 2021 midnight

Fingerprint Technology in the Age of COVID

As with any change in the market environment, there will be sectors that will decline but also areas of opportunity. The seismic changes resulting from the COVID pandemic have resulted in both immediate and long-term changes across most if not all market sectors.

Free - October 25, 2021 midnight

Hurry! ODDS Early Bird Discount About to Fly Away

Optical & Digital Document Security (ODDS) combines two successful conferences, Optical Document Security (ODS) with Digital Document Security (DDS). Reconnaissance International is now bringing them together into THE technical conference for physical, digital and virtual document security, which takes place in Vienna, Austria, 17-19 January 2022.

Events - October 5, 2021 midnight

Identity Week 2021 – Its Good to See You, Again!

A morning of beautiful sunshine and clear blue skies in London heralded an equally unfamiliar sight of crowds of ID and secure document professionals assembling in the ExCeL centre for the start of Identity Week 2021 (22- 23 September).

Events - October 5, 2021 midnight

VCI Launches SMART Health Card to US Residents

A private-public partnership of technology and healthcare companies called the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI), which includes Microsoft, Salesforce, Oracle and the Mayo Clinic, has created a verifiable digital proof of vaccination called the SMART Health Card.

Health Status - October 5, 2021 midnight

Company News

HID Global, a worldwide provider of trusted identity solutions, has announced the acquisition of Omni-ID, a manufacturer of RFID tags and industrial IoT hardware devices for passive and active tagging, tracking, monitoring and alerting applications.

News - October 5, 2021 midnight

News in Brief

Australia’s new Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) Certificates have been launched nationally and are now available to the public. State governments around the country are promoting the new design – which was created by the Note Printing Australia (NPA) Design Team – with a particular focus on the increased security of the certificate to prevent identity fraud.

News - October 5, 2021 midnight

World Bank to Support Land Administration in Laos

Land holders across the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), or Laos as it is more commonly known, including some of the most vulnerable households, are expected to benefit from improved land administration and titling thanks to a project approved by the World Bank.

Free - October 5, 2021 midnight

G20 Declaration Recognises Digital ID’s Importance

Digital ministers from the G20 group of leading world economies met in Trieste, Italy, at the beginning of August to further discuss digitalisation as a key enabler for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals in its three economic, social and environmental dimensions, in line with the G20 priorities for 2021 of People, Planet and Prosperity.

Government - September 1, 2021 midnight

US Voter Identity Requirements and ID Laws

On 6 January 2021 a mob stormed the US Capitol carrying placards bearing the ‘Stop the Steal’ emblem, which supported the notion that widespread voter identity fraud had distorted the outcome of the 2020 Presidential election. At the heart of the claim were allegations of vote rigging by a variety of means – most of which required voters taking on false identities.

Government - September 1, 2021 midnight

Company News

DATASONIC Group Bhd is reported to be in contention for the replacement contract for the Malaysian national identity card, otherwise known as MyKad.

News - September 1, 2021 midnight

Ghana Plans Contactless Biometrics for Vaccination Program

The Ghana Health Service, in partnership with the vaccine alliance Gavi and Arm’s network of partners, engineers and developers, will begin a biometric-based national vaccination program in October 2021 using contactless technology from non-profit UK technology company Simprints.

Health Status - September 1, 2021 midnight

ISO Standards for Secure Document Authentication

Like them or loathe them, mutually recognised standards are the cornerstone of international trade. The recent release of a new ISO standard for product and document authentication (ISO 22383:2020) adds to a library of ISO standards that are reviewed in this edition of ID & Secure Document News™ and June’s edition of its sister publication, Authentication News®.

Free - September 1, 2021 midnight

News in Brief

Under national law, Argentinians have the right to identify themselves as gender neutral. But this has not been reflected in passports and National Documents of Identity (DNI), and residents have only been able to select ‘male’ or ‘female’.

News - September 1, 2021 midnight

EU COVID Passport Goes Live

As of 1 July 2021, all European Union citizens and residents, as well as specific categories of travellers from third party countries, will be able to hold a COVID passport that will allow unrestricted travel throughout the Schengen Area on the grounds of health status. The scheme, in its current form, is set to run until 31 June 2022.

Health Status - July 30, 2021 midnight