High Security Printing EMEA in Picture Perfect Lisbon
Seven cinematic hillsides overlook the Rio Tejo cradle – Lisbon’s postcard-perfect panorama of cobbled alleyways, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals – which provided a wonderful backdrop to the latest High Security Printing HSP (EMEA) conference. And despite the gathering storm clouds of coronavirus, the events was still host to over 270 delegates from more than 136 organisations and 43 countries, who came together in what was probably the last industry event for some months to come.
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 52 presentations was delivered over the two days with seven dedicated sessions covering regional developments in currency, passports and national eID, security features, production and print as well as issuance and identity management, authentication, cash management, developments in other secure documents, and technology and innovation.
There was an overriding theme on the currency side of the environment and climate change impact: not only were there several presentations touching on this topic, but it was also the theme of the first seminar on 9 March. A number of organisations presented what the industry can do to minimise the environmental impact of the cash cycle. Many of these have made practical changes in their currency production and management cycles which have led to a real impact on their environmental footprint.
The second currency seminar provided an overview of the new Europa series and its security features, including the newest features introduced in the high value banknotes. In an unusually open and frank session Manuel Mourato, Senior Forensic Expert from the Judiciary Police National Counterfeiting Analysis Centre in Portugal not only gave his view on how secure those banknotes are and if the new features will be sufficient to prevent counterfeiting, but also provided numerous examples of counterfeit features for the audience to examine.
The ID seminars looked at the creation of a passport design and how many countries have been able to deliver unique travel documents that become works of art and symbols of trust followed by the theory of blockchain, digital transformation and augmented reality in the high security printing sector.
The conference itself was formally opened by Mr Hélder Rosalino, Member of the Board, Banco de Portugal followed by Sérgio São João, also of the central bank, who reviewed Valora’s development strategy covering its development from 2004. Valora is fully owned by Banco de Portugal and produces the share of euro banknotes allocated to Banco de Portugal by the Eurosystem. Euro banknotes produced by Valora are easily identifiable through the serial number, which always start with M.
Presentations then followed covering other regional and ID developments with presentations from the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service, IDEMIA and the Central Bank of Morocco’s own national banknote printing and minting works, Dar As-Sikkah.
The programme then divided into two tracks covering currency and ID/secure documents respectively – with a packed agenda comprising over 50 speakers, a handful of whom – due to travel restrictions already in place – gave their presentations by video link.. On the currency side, the topics covered a range of regional currency developments, design, durability and security of banknotes, the future for cash covering the facts rather than fiction, production, print and destruction – including the afore-mentioned environmental / climate change dimensions of the cash cycle.
On the ID side the focus was on travel and identity documents in the region, recent developments, document design, security and personalisation, electronic documents and government services, as well as document fraud and authentication. A specialist session was dedicated to tax stamps and traceability developments with presentations from the International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA), the Customs Department of Malta, Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda (INCM) and SICPA.
A specialised exhibition of over 40 companies was held alongside the conference sessions, providing delegates with an opportunity to see the latest industry products and solutions.
There were two other highlights of the event which included the conference dinner at the stunning SUD Lisboa Restaurant. The dinner also provided the setting for the presentation of the annual Best Banknote and Best ID Document Awards.
Several new notes and a note series were recognised for their outstanding technical advancement and design, and security excellence.
The Central Bank of Armenia’s new Dram series won the accolade for the Best New Series, reflecting the country’s commitment to improve the quality of its currency in the face of one of the toughest environments in the world for circulating notes.
The Best New Banknote award went to the Bank of England for its new eye-catching £20 note featuring renowned English artist JMW Turner. Several overt and covert design features include a metallised 3D image of the coronation crown on the font with a purple foil patch based on the staircase at the Tate Britain on the reverse side.
The Best New Commemorative Banknote accolade went to the National Bank of Poland for its 19 Zloty, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Polish Security Printing Works being established.
The ID document awards included four winners – two in the best new eID card and two in the best new ePassport category. The awards recognised outstanding achievements and technical sophistication of the documents and the best in system infrastructure and implementation of the schemes.
The first award went to the Belgian National Register for the new Belgian national eID card launched in January 2020. The card now has two chips instead of just one: a contact chip and a contactless chip.
Alongside Belgium, Latvia’s Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs of the Ministry of Interior was recognised for the country’s new national eID card launched in September 2019. Designed to be futureproof, the new Latvian eID card has gone far beyond in enhancing security and functionality of its predecessor..
Two awards were also presented in the best new ePassport category. The first award went to Malta’s passport agency Identity Malta for the new Maltese ePassport, launched in November 2019 with cutting-edge technology .
The second award went to Lithuania’s Service of Technological Security of State Documents under the Ministry of Finance for the new Lithuanian ePassport. Launched in May 2019 the upgraded ePassport incorporates a suite of modern security features some of which have been introduced in the Lithuanian passport for the first time.
The full press releases for these awards can be found here:
On the final evening the established HSP football match allowed delegates to play at the prestigious complexo Desportivo de Porto Salvo, with 22 delegates participating, this was as competitive as ever and after a couple of games with no injuries – we did have some slight ones on this occasion with back, shin and ankle groans!
We will announce the location of our HSP EMEA 2021 event in due course.
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Afghanistan High Security Printing (AHSP)
Agencija za Komercijalnu Djelatnost (AKD) d.o.o.
Alan Hodgson Consulting
Angstrom Technologies, Inc.
Aron Universal Ltd
Art-Line Projekt GmbH
ATM Industry Association (ATMIA)
Banco de España
Banco de Portugal
Bank of Albania
Bank of England
Bank of Latvia
Bank of Mozambique
Belgian National Register
Canada Border Services Agency
Canadian Bank Note Company Ltd
Casa da Moeda do Brasil
CCL Secure Pty Ltd
Central Bank of Armenia
Central Bank of Colombia
Central Bank of Somalia
Central Bank of Sri Lanka
Central Bank of Sudan
Centre for Anticorruption – Lithuania
Covestro Deutschland AG
Czech National Bank
De La Rue
DNP Imagingcomm Europe B.V.
Estonian Police and Border Guard Board
European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex)
Finnish Border Guard
Finnish Immigration Service
FNMT (Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre – Real Casa de la Moneda)
Forensic Laboratory of Warsaw Metropolitan Police
Foster & Freeman Ltd
GAW technologies GmbH
Giesecke+Devrient Currency Technology GmbH
Gleitsmann Security Inks GmbH
Heidelberg Instruments Mikrotechnik GmbH
Hueck Folien GmbH
Hunkeler Systeme AG
Identity Malta Agency
Infineon Technologies AG
Internal Security Agency
International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)
International Reference Systems bv
Joint Stock Company Goznak
JSC RPC Krypten
Jura JSP GmbH
Leonhard Kurz Ltd (UK)
Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co KG
Luminescence Sun Chemical Security
M. One AG
Macau SAR Identification Services Bureau
Melzer Maschinenbau GmbH
MEMBRAFLOW control systems GmbH
Ministry of Finance – Lithuania
Ministry of Finance – Malta
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Ministry of Interior – Austria
Ministry of Interior – Croatia
Ministry of Interior – Hungary
Ministry of the Interior and Administration – Poland
Mühlbauer GmbH & Co. KG
Nanotech Security Corp
National Counterfeit Analysis Centre, Polícia Judiciária
National Examinations Council of Tanzania
National Identification Authority (Ghana)
Netherlands Royal Marechaussee
Oberthur Fiduciaire SAS
Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB)
Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs – Latvia
OpSec Security Group
OpSec Security Inc
Orell Füssli Security Printing Limited
Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH
Pakistan Security Printing Corporation
Personalisation of Identity Documents Centre (Ministry of Interior)
Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW)
Polygraph Combine “Ukraina”
Portuguese Mint – Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda SA
Prismade Labs GmbH
Public Services Agency – Moldovia
Rade?e Papir Nova d.o.o.
Regula Baltija Ltd
Schreiner Group GmbH & Co KG
Secure Identity Alliance
Security Fibres UK Limited
Security Printing & Minting Corporation of India Limited
SEILER Systems Technology GmbH
Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras
SPG Prints BV
Sun Chemical Europe
The State Police of Latvia
Toppan Europe GmbH
University of Minho
US Department of Homeland Security
Vacuumatic Ltd (HQ)
Vacuumatic Maschinen GmbH
Water Mark Publishing House
Water Treatment GmbH
X and Me Technology AG
Monday 9 March
Currency Workshop 1 & 2
09:00 – 12:30
Understanding the Environmental and Climate Change Impact of Banknotes from Production to Destruction. What Can We Do to Make a Difference?
What can we do to minimise the environmental impact of the cash cycle? In recent years a number of organisations have made practical changes in their currency production and cash management cycle which has had a real impact on their environmental footprint. This seminar builds on these developments but wants to go further.
14:00 – 17:30
How Secure are the Europa Series Euro Banknotes? Will the New Security Features be Sufficient to Prevent Counterfeiting?
In 2013 the European Central Bank has introduced a new Euro series with an innovative new design and security features – the ‘Europa’ Series which was complete with the new 100 and 200 Euro banknotes that went into circulation in May 2019.
This seminar will provide an overview of the new Europa series and their security features, including the newest features introduced in the high value banknotes.
Passports and Identity Documents Workshop 1 & 2
09:00 – 12:30
Developing a Holistic Approach to Security Document Design
The creation of a passport design is always an exciting phase of developing the document. It is also often an unpredictable part of project implementation. Designing a new family of travel and identity documents is like any other design project, or is it?
Authorities have set new design expectations for distinctive passports that are as secure as they are attractive. Many countries have been able to deliver unique travel documents that become works of art and symbols of trust and pride in the hands of millions.
14:00 – 17:30
Blockchain, Digital Transformation & Augmented Reality – the Future is Now!
The aim of the three-hour seminar is to take you through all the basics of blockchain, digital transformation and augmented reality. The seminar will cover trends, frameworks and uses and applications of blockchain and digital transformation in the high security printing sector.
The course also covers the theory of blockchain and digital transformation in detail, including practical skills and project management and has been designed to provide an introductory overview of blockchain and digital transformation skills..
Tuesday 10 March
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Session One: Currency and Identity Documents in EMEA
The Portuguese Passport – a Cultural and Technical Perspective
Octávio Vieira Rodrigues
Immigration and Borders Service (Portugal)
The Future for Cash – Separating Fact from Fiction
International Currency Association
Currency: Regional Currency Developments
ID: Developments in Travel and Identity Documents
A Voyage of Discovery – Launching the New BOE £20 Turner Note
Celebrating 25th Anniversary of the National Currency – Armenia’s Third Banknote Family
Central Bank of Armenia
The New Belgian National eID Card – a World First, Belgian National Register
Steven Van Essche
Belgian National Register (Belgium)
The New Lithuanian ePassport
Service of Technological Security of State Documents under the Ministry of Finance (Lithuania)
Currency: Design, Security and Durability
ID: Design, Security and Personalisation
Integrating Security Features for Better Security and Durability
Novel Optically Variable Features for Banknotes Based on Diffraction Optics
Windowed Banknotes with KINEGRAM® Foil: Some New Projects with Our Industry Partners
Leonhard Kurz (Germany)
LaserLine Secure: a new approach on plate and chablon creation. The future of Offset printing?
New Document Verification: from Physical to Digital Inspection
Rethinking the Passport Concepts Enabled by Innovative Specialty Films
Looking at Security Applications Differently
Luminescence Sun Chemical Security (UK)
CLIP ID®: State-of-the-Art Colour Personalisation Technology for Polycarbonate Ids
Personalised DOVID in Polycarbonate IDs and Passports
IQ Structures (Czech Republic)
Wednesday 11 March
Currency: Production, Print and Destruction
ID: Breeder Documents and Personal Data
Towards a Greener, More Efficient Intaglio
KBA NotaSys (Switzerland)
KBA NotaSys (Switzerland)
Ultrafiltration: The Most Cost-Efficient Way to Water Saving and Conscious Disposal in the Intaglio Printing Process
WTG Water Treatment (Austria)
Optimal Process Control with Seamless Rotary Screen Pre-Press and Printing of Security Features
SPG Prints (Switzerland)
New Developments in ID Cards and Breeder Documents
National Identity and Civil Registry Department (Lesotho)
How Self-Sovereign ID Solutions Can Help Citizens Gain Control over Their ID Data
Austrian State Printing House (Austria)
Currency: Authentication and Anti-Counterfeiting
ID: Document Fraud and Authentication
Counterfeit Deterrence – Bank of Russia’s Approach
Bank of Russia
Rethinking Document Design as a Means of Counterfeit Deterrence
Department of Homeland Security (USA)
Printing Technique: Laser Engraving – the New Threat
The Value of Checking the Physical Security of a Travel Document in eGates
OVD Kinegram (Switzerland)
Secure Documents: Tax Stamps and Traceability Developments
ID: Electronic and Digital ID
The Revolution in Excise Tax Stamp Programmes
International Tax Stamp Association (UK)
UniQode and TrustFace: The Power of Authenticity and Validation of Documents, Products and Persons
Nuno Miguel Gonçalves
Machine-Assisted Authentication of Documents and Products
Not Just 1s and 0s in a Digital Identity
Hans de Moel
Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Ministry of Defense (Netherlands)
Where is the eID Revolution?
Formerly Federal Ministry of the Interior (Germany)
Opportunities and Challenges in Developing eGovernment
Session Seven: Technology and Innovation
Unlocking the ID Ecosystem with OSIA: A Framework for Innovation, Competition and Sustainability
Secure Identity Alliance
Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors and Exhibitors
Many thanks to the following sponsors and exhibitors for taking part in our wonderful exhibition running alongside the conference:
Platinum – IDEMIA
Honorary – Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda SA (INCM)
Gold – KBA-Notasys, Komori Corporation
Silver – Demax Holograms, Hungarian Banknote Printing Company / DIPA, INORCOAT, Jura / PARVIS, Luminescence Sun Chemical Security, Orell Fussli Security Printing, Security Fibres UK, SICPA, SPG Prints, WTG Water Treatment GmbH
Exhibitors – Andrupos, Art-Line Projekt / Melzer, FUTEC, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), IQ Structures, Heidelberg Instruments, Hunkeler Systeme AG, International Reference Systems, Keesing Technologies, Masktech, MEMBRAFLOW / Seprinto, Nemoto, OVD Kinegram / KURZ, Petrel, Regula, SEILER Systems Technology, SIS Trade, ZEISER