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HSP Asia 2019 Goes to the Land of the Rising Sun

The 18th High Security Printing Asia conference took place in Yokohama, Japan on 25-27 November 2019.

The is the first time the country has hosted a major international conference for the industry and was clearly a popular choice given the numbers of government delegates, sponsors, speakers and delegates, which set a record. The event brought together 350 delegates from more than 120 organisations to learn from leaders in the industry in a series of seminars, case studies, and technology presentations.

The conference programme was split into two parallel tracks – one focusing on currency and the other on travel and identity documents – allowing attendees to concentrate on the topics and issues that interest them most. A total of 47 presentations was delivered over the two days with six dedicated sessions covering currency and identity documents in Asia-Pacific, regional developments in currency, passports and national eID, developments in security features, production and print as well as issuance and identity management, authentication, cash management, developments in other secure documents, and technology and innovation.

The event opened with four pre-conference seminars on 25 November, providing unique insight into such topics as software to run printworks, threads and diffractive foils for banknotes, digital disruptors and secure documents and remote checking of identity documents.

The opening session of the conference on the following day included presentations from cash usage trends in Japan, the new commemorative Macao note, the Samoan carbon neutral banknote, and biometrics in payments and the government sector in Asia-Pacific.

The following session presented the topics of sustainability in banknote production, perspectives on developing new currency denominations, as well as eID and passport projects in Malaysia, Philippines and Hong Kong.

Five papers in each parallel session then explored developments in security features. This included advances in optical and foil-based features, printed and windowed features and digital techniques for securing ID documents.

The final day saw presentations on production technologies, destruction of banknotes, developments in substrates, identity authentication and verification and digital and physical worlds. The environment was a recurring theme in the conference. Finally, a dedicated session focusing on innovation and technology formally closed the event.

A specialised exhibition comprising 40 companies was held as part of the event providing delegates with an opportunity to see the latest industry products and solutions.

The event also played host to the prestigious Regional Banknote and Regional ID Document of the Year awards. This year, the Best New Banknote Series award went to the Bank of Papua New Guinea’s for the new Kina series, the best Commemorative Note award went to the National Bank of Cambodia for the 15,000 riel note issued to mark the anniversary of the King of Cambodia, HM Norodom Sihamoni and the Best New Circulating Note award went to the Monetary Authority of Macau for its 20 Patacas banknote issued to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Macau’s return to China. In ID meanwhile, the award for the best new eID card and best new ePassport went to the Hong Kong SAR Immigration Department for Hong Kong’s new smart identity card and new ePassport.

Komori were Platinum sponsors of the conference. In addition to presenting on their ‘Banknoteology’ concept, the company hosted the gala dinner and two large groups of delegates were able to visit their flagship Tsukuba factory outside of Tokyo following the conference. In addition, here was also a tour of the National Printing Bureau Japan at their Tokyo factory.

Yokohama has been the largest HSP Asia event Reconnaissance has held since its inception in 2001. The next event will take place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 7-9 December 2020.

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Monday 25 November

Currency Workshop 1 & 2

09:00 – 12:30

Managing Risk, Delivering Quality and Driving Efficiency Through Software in Today’s Print Works

The digital age started to reach banknote printworks some time ago.  Today there are a wide range of solutions available for different elements of manufacturing a banknote. This seminar will bring together a number of major suppliers to present their solutions and the key principles that lie behind their work.

14:00 – 17:30

Security Threads & Diffractive Foil Features for Banknotes

Threads are one of the three most recalled security features in banknotes by the public. Virtually all cotton based banknotes have a watermark and security printing and most have a thread of one kind or another; some have two threads.

Identity Workshop 1 & 2

09:00 – 12:30

Digital Disruptors and Secure Documents – for Better or for Worse?

There is no shortage of news and information these days on the new breed of digital technologies – many potentially if not actually disruptive – that will change the way we lead our lives. But what impact will those technologies – eg.  6G, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, quantum computing, Big Data, blockchain and the smartphone revolution to name a few – have on our industry?

14:00 – 17:30

Identity Fraud – The Digital Revolution

With the digital revolution of the 21st century, millennials, governments and corporations have increasing requirements for self-service, quick and reliable document authentication remotely and at scale. The revolution is upon us and fraudsters have access to better technology, leaked data and a vast library of faces from social media.

Tuesday 26 November

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Session One: Currency and Identity Documents in Asia-Pacific

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Session Two

Currency – Currency Developments

ID – Developments in National ID and ePassports

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Session Three

Currency – Currency Design, Security and Public Engagement

Identity – Features for Identity Documents

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Wednesday 27 November

Session Four

Currency – The Development and Birth of a Banknote

Identity – Security and Personalisation

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Session Five

Currency – Production and Print Technologies for Banknotes

Identity – Authentication and Verification

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Session Six

Currency – Cash Management and Alternative Payments

Identity – Secure Documents and Digital Identity

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Session Seven: Technology and Innovation

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Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors and Exhibitors


Many thanks to the following sponsors and exhibitors for taking part in our wonderful exhibition running alongside the conference:

Platinum – Komori

Gold – Crane Curreny, Hueck Folien, KBA-Notasys/Agfa, Landqart, OVD Kinegram/KURZ, Polish Security Printing Works(PWPW), Tokushu Tokai Paper, Toppan Printing

Silver – DNP (Dai Nippon Printing), FNMT, Gleitsmann Security Inks, Goznak, Jura/PARVIS, KRYPTEN, Luminescence Sun Chemical Security, Security Fibres UK, SICPA

Exhibitors – Andrews & Wykeham, DIPA, Gietz, Hungarian Banknote Printing Company, Homsetra Optics, Hunkeler Systeme AG, IQ Structures, IXLA, K.K. IRISU (ILLIES), Moverem, NANOBRICK, Paul Leiberger, Petrel, SEILER Systems Technology, SURYS, THE CODER, WTG Water Treatment Gmbh, ZEISER

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Regional Banknote of the Year

Best New Banknote Series

New Kina Series

Bank of Papua New Guinea

Best New Banknote

15,000 Riel

National Bank of Cambodia

Best New Commemorative Banknote

20 Patacas

Monetary Authority Macau

Regional ID Document of the Year 

Best New ePassport

Hong Kong SAR ePassport

Hong Kong Immigration Department

Best New ID Card

Hong Kong Smart ID Card

Hong Kong Immigration Department

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The next event will take place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 7-9 December 2020.

Hope to see you there!