Spotlight on Our Security Features | Part 3

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To safeguard your documents and ID cards against fraud, we incorporate multiple layers of security features into our products, many of which are not detectable to the naked eye. In the third installment of our security features series, we look at three more advanced security techniques used within Nikuv’s solutions and systems.

Digital Watermarks

Digital watermarking is a great safeguard against fraud because it allows a digital ID to be placed into documents and images. Although this is undetectable to the naked eye, the digital watermark can be read and identified by computers and a wide range of scanning devices. The watermark itself can include critical information about the person holding the document and its intended recipient. The technique allows our clients to screen and prevent documents and images being emailed, uploaded online or copied when they shouldn’t be while also tracing them back to the original source.

Laser Perforation & Writing

This is one of the more widely used security techniques, to protect passports and identity cards from counterfeit. The technique is very efficient against preventing fraud because the perforations, or tiny little holes, connect the front and back of the document, which means it can’t be duplicated or faked using machines. This method is great because it can be applied to a range of surfaces using a custom design. It’s a low cost technique that is a proven safeguard in the prevention of fraud, and can be used with documents and cards around the world.

Thermal Retransfer

The explanation behind this security technique can get a little technical, but the benefits are plain to see. Thermal retransfer is a two step printing process that safeguards cards against tampering and fraud. The first step is printing your high resolution image and information onto a clear flexible film, where the image gets printed in reverse. The next step involves heating the film to transfer the image onto the card. The film thermally bonds with the card and the printed image is now visible under a clear layer. Any attempts to change or tamper with the card become obvious because the film is damaged and it cannot be replaced.

Spotlight on Our Security Features- Part 2

In the second post in our ‘spotlight’ series, we put three more essential security techniques under the magnifying glass, to highlight how our documents and information are protected against fraud and counterfeit attempts.

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Biometric data is one of the most comprehensively secure formats available for verification purposes

 

Optical Memory Cards

We use optical memory cards because they can store a large amount of digital data, and this makes them extremely handy for use as secure ID cards. Many of Nikuv’s clients are utilizing this technology because the cards can store fingerprints, facial images and a wide variety of transactional data. The cards are very durable, they can store approximately 3 Megabytes of data, are machine-readable, and include the most counterfeit-resistant security design features to prevent alteration of data and fraudulent reproduction. The data is loaded in an irreversible manner, each card can be customized to meet specific needs, and the reading hardware is uniquely matched to the cards.

Biometric Data

Biometric data is one of the most comprehensively secure formats available for verification purposes. The kind of information that is used for security purposes includes fingerprints, iris scans, palmprints and facial photos. When paired with demographic data about a person, such as your name, age, address and phone number, it provides highly reliable details. Our identification products, for example, enable governmental bodies to instantly verify the identity of a biometric card holder at any time, at any place in the world, using a paperless process.

WORM

WORM (which stands for ‘write once read many’) is a data storage device which ensures that once information is written it cannot be modified. When integrated into data products, this is an important security feature that prevents fraud across a range of industries. What it means is that data cannot be altered, tampered with in any way, or accidentally removed. The WORM feature is popular with large corporations and government agencies alike, due to its simple, yet efficient and robust applications.

Spotlight on Our Security Features

Security Features in Nikuv’s Cards and Documents

The incorporated security features and add-on options we offer our clients are at the heart of our business. To ensure large organizations can stay several steps ahead of counterfeiters and fraudsters, we add layers of cutting edge technology to our products and solutions. In the first of our ‘spotlight’ series, we introduce three important features that Nikuv uses to keep documents secure.

Security Options

Holograms

Holograms are used as a security feature in passports, documents and cards, and are an overlaminate layer with a holographic image embedded into it. They are made using a master hologram that requires extremely specialized and expensive equipment to produce, and it’s this feature that makes them very hard to forge or replicate. A standard hologram is a great feature on its own, however where there are more complex requirements it can be upgraded with micro text printing into the hologram, which provides an enhanced level of security.

Ghost Images

You will be familiar with ‘ghost images’ from certain ID cards, where a small version of the main photo usually appears on the side of the card. Specialized software is used to create and add the ghost image to the card during printing. This is a simple and cost-effective process that adds a fantastic safeguard against fraud, which is difficult to reproduce and is an essential feature in all modern security cards.

Ultra Violet Print

Ultra violet, or UV, printing is another fundamental security measure that is incorporated into the production of passports and documents nowadays. Printing with florescent dyes onto a UV dull substrate surface allows documents to be layered with images, designs and wording that is invisible to the naked eye in daylight. When placed under a UV light source, the ‘invisible ink’ glows to reveal often impressive and intricate embedded images. This is a front-line measure against counterfeiting that Nikuv works with as standard.

Passport Security: An Ongoing Challenge for Governments

People are on the move. The International Civil Aviation Organization reported that over 3.1 billion people traveled by air to various destinations around the world last year. Governments must juggle the tasks of providing a hospitable and efficient travel environment in order to attract tourist dollars while at the same time ensuring the safety of its citizens and borders. This makes efficient yet accurate and safe passport security a high priority for government agencies.

New Security Measures

In response to various security incidents worldwide, including threats and terrorist attacks, such as 9-11, the international travel organization made several recommendations and requirements for more secure passport documents. Biometrics became the new international standard for fraud-proof passports, but the technology has not been universally accepted. The electronic chip seems to be the most palpable and is most popular in use and implementation today. There has been resistance to other biometric identifiers such as retinal scans, facial recognition and fingerprints due to privacy issues and concerns.

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Evolving Technologies Create Challenges to Security Systems

However, as quickly as security experts develop the newest secure systems to protect personal passport information, new technologies arise that give opportunities to counterfeiters, terrorists and other criminals to access and use confidential passport data. An example is the smartphone. Each new version of the smartphone contains higher levels of technologies, such that now the fraud-resistant passport can easily be breached by a properly rigged smartphone, swiftly and without the holder ever knowing. Smartphones enabled with NFC (Near Field Communication) are able to read the data contained on the electronic chip within 30 seconds. The smartphone can quickly snap a photo of the passport when it is opened to present to authorities. US passports contain RFID-proof technologies that block access as long as the passport is closed.

The lightning speed with which technology advances and spreads around the world means that governments must remain vigilant and continually invest resources and efforts towards developing the most stringent and state-of-the-art protection & security technologies possible.