Optical & Digital Document Security

The technical conference for physical, digital and virtual document security

Vienna, Austria

11-13 April 2022


This conference filled the gap between physical and digital security. The agenda was more than excellent.

DDS2019 – ANY Security Printing

Optical & Digital Document Security

The technical conference for physical, digital and virtual document security

Vienna, Austria

11-13 April 2022


Very well organised/managed conference. The level of expertise in the group of presenters and audience is of high standard. I greatly benefited from my attendance. Very friendly and supportive staff.

DDS2019 – Lebanese American University

Optical & Digital Document Security

The technical conference for physical, digital and virtual document security

Vienna, Austria

11-13 April 2022


A very good start with some technical and policies perspective are discussed in the conference. An eye opener and a must for any security printing industry players to welcome the future of the industry.

DDS2019 – M.J.M. International

Optical & Digital Document Security

The technical conference for physical, digital and virtual document security

Vienna, Austria

11-13 April 2022


It is a great event, absolutely necessary, came at the right time. A good mixture of technical and general topics.

DDS2019 – Bundesdruckerei

Optical & Digital Document Security

The technical conference for physical, digital and virtual document security

Vienna, Austria

11-13 April 2022


DDS was very good because the conference showed clearly that digital technologies are the game changers in the community. Therefore, DDS is necessary and it will grow.

DDS2019 – inIT-Institute Industrial IT


Optical & Digital Document Security

The Technical Conference for Physical,
Digital and
Virtual Document Security


How do we ensure that our financial transactions and identity verification conducted on a smartphone, tablet or other computer are as secure as they have been using banknotes and identity documents respectively.

Do those physical secured documents have a role in this new world? Will there be co-existence or will they be replaced?

These are the underlying issues to be addressed at the Optical & Digital Document Security Conference, an event that brings together two very successful technical conferences to cover the key topics that have become more pressing in our digital age.

The Optical Document Security Conference, held every two years since 1996, is established as a highly-respected technical conference, while Digital Document Security, a spin-off event, was quickly recognised as an essential bridge between the physical and digital “document” security worlds. In combining the two events, Reconnaissance is recognising the fact of the digitisation of what have traditionally been paper or polymer documents, with the need to maintain the highest levels of security in the digital domain as have been achieved in the physical domain.

ODDS will be the platform to bring together the thousand-year experience of the banknote and ID document world with the fast-moving field of digital financial transactions, virtual ID and digital identity verification. People involved in the digital transaction, identity and authentication communities and specifiers, designers, producers and issuers of secure documents will find ODDS a valuable forum to explain, learn, network and explore possibilities.

The Optical & Digital Document Security Conference is a forum to meet, share ideas and establish mutual understanding across the digital and physical document security domains.

So we recommend that you attend the Conference if you are:

  • Involved with the design, production or examination of any government-issued security document, whether physical or digital, including financial, tax and identity documents
  • Or similarly involved with private sector transaction facilitation, payment apps, credit cards, online ordering and payment, identity cards, transport or event ticketing
  • A specifier, developer, designer or producer of physical security features or digital security equipment or software
  • a researcher or academic looking into security issues for physical or digital approaches;
  • a researcher or developer in the security component, biometrics or security printing fields
  • a producer or designer of systems and equipment for the production, personalisation, issuance or reading of secure documents and/or data
  • involved in researching or developing methods for the human interaction with physical secured documents or digital ID or transaction systems
  • or involved in any other way with security systems or secured documents.
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Programme Committee Members


Ian Lancaster


Reconnaissance International

Alan Hodgson

Alan Hodgson Consulting

Francis Tuffy

ID & Secure Document News™

Harald Walter

OVD Kinegram

Jeff Conroy


Johannes Schaede

Koenig & Bauer

John Winchcombe

Cash & Payment News™

Jörg Fischer


Josh Marmol

G.E.T Secure

Marc Pic


Mikihiko Sakakibara


Paul Dunn


Renaud Laffont-Leenhardt


Sun Kai

China Banknote Printing & Minting Corp

Tony Poole


Volker Lohweg


Monday 11 April 2022

09:00 – 12:30 Seminar – International Standards Seminar

Seminar Leader, Dr Alan Hodgson

Learn the why, how & what of International Standards for physical and digital document security.

Plus a guide to ISO/IEC 18013-5:2021, the just-published international standard for Mobile driving licence (mDL) application, with Loffie Jordaan, Convenor of the ISO/IEC Working Group that developed this standard.

Standards have a vital role to play in an interactive, international, transitioning society. In this seminar Alan Hodgson will explain:

  • The rationale for and role of International Standards
  • Specifically, what they offer and how they can enhance this field
  • The opportunities and threats that Standards of all types can bring
  • How the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and others develop and facilitate these standards
  • The structure and organisation of International Standards development
  • How you can be involved and why you should want to be.

He will also give an overview of the relevant standards development structures that apply to the security of digital transactions, to digital and virtual identity and to security documents in the physical world. We will cover examples of International Standards in optical, print and digital domains.

Using examples from a number of International Standards committees Alan will lead us towards a roadmap and gap analysis on the direction this work should take for our community, leading into the formulation of an action plan.

The seminar will then focus on the new ISO/IEC 18013-5 International standard for Mobile Driver’s License (mDL). Loffie Jordaan of AAMVA, Convenor of the ISO/IEC Working Group that developed this standard, will take participants through its key points and explain what it means for driving licence issuers.

Alan Hodgson brings a broad perspective to this topic from over 20 years of working on International Standards. He spent 9 years as Chair of an IEC Technical Committee and by the time OODS meets he will be Chair of one within ISO. For the past 15 years he has chaired GB National Committees for both IEC and ISO work, convened Working Groups and has been Project Leader for a number of International Standards. He has also been President of two sponsoring organisations spanning this field.

Over this period he has worked mainly as an independent consultant but also within the image printing industry and for 3M on passport and visa print testing standards. Alan is also a Contributing Author for the RI newsletters and past joint-Chair of the Digital Document Security conference. He has led a number of seminars on topics that include International Standards to a variety of audiences.

13:30 – 17:00 Seminar – Masterclass on Securing Digital Currency and Identity

Seminar Leader, Dr Herman Sterzinger

Digital data has started to replace physical documents as the ultimate proof of identity. The digital data is the proof, not an image capture of that data or a cross reference back to a record of the original data. This change makes the capture and origination of the digital record and the holding of that record immeasurably more important, valuable and high risk.

A similar situation exists with currency. Central banks are now working intensively on how to create digital currencies (CBDCs). China and the Bahamas have issued retail CBDCs but over 80 other central banks are working on them. The design of those CBDCs is being debated and a core part of that debate is how to secure the CBDC and deliver on the other objectives.

This Masterclass, led by Hermann Sterzinger, will bring together representatives from governments and central banks, suppliers and experts in the field to explore the security pros and cons of different ways to record, store, access and use high-risk, potentially vulnerable, data.

The Masterclass will start with an introductory overview of the principles of securing data, a review of how it has been done historically, the changes brought by the shifts in data use, the challenges to overcome and a summary of the options. There will be an explanation of the cybersecurity risks and mitigations faced today.

The Masterclass will then split into currency and identity groups. Each session will review the options relative to what must be achieved.

The Currency session will start with an explanation of design choices and their implications for security, both for wholesale and retail CBDCs. There will be an explanation of how to secure a centralised database and how to secure a distributed ledger, comparing the characteristics of these two fundamentally different approaches. The session will end with a discussion about how to secure CBDCs and achieve the associated policy goals.

The Identity session will describe the security challenges that migrating to virtual-from-start identities will bring. This will be followed by a briefing on the vulnerabilities posed when digital personally identifiable information (PII) is centralised and the current best practice in protecting PII. The session will then explore new methods for securing identity data that help governments deliver on policy objectives while maintaining trust with citizens and consumers.

The two groups will come back together and their discussions will be fed back as a summary to the whole group.

Dr Herman Sterzinger is a lecturer in Informatics in the Technical University of Munich, Chairman of the Advisory Board for Augentic GmbH and was Chief Operating Officer at Veridos, the Bundesdruckerei/Giesecke & Devrient joint venture for physical and digital identity documents until December 2019.

18:30 Welcome Reception

Tuesday 12 April 2022

Hover on the presentation title or speaker to see if more information is available.

Session 1 – The Transition


Conference Welcome

Astrid Mitchell

Reconnaissance International (UK)

Ian Lancaster

Reconnaissance International (UK)


Keynote: Digital, Not Digitised: Security and Privacy, Identity and Credentials

David G.W. Birch

Author, advisor and commentator on digital financial services. (UK)


Bridging the Gap Between the Physical and the Digital World

Claudia Schwendimann

OeSD International (Austria)


The digital/physical transition, interface and balance

Rob Haslam

TECH5 (Switzerland)


Seamless Authentication of Phygital Documents

Alex Breton

COLOP Digital (Austria)

10:45 Session Q&A
11:00 Break – Refreshments

Session 2 – New Approaches to Document Security


A Switchable Optically Variable Ink (SOVI)

Lokeshwar Bandhu

Bodle Technologies (UK)


Iridescent Films Utilizing Structural Color from Reflective Microstructures

Caleb Meredith

Pennsylvania State University (United States)


Held open for last minute paper

12:30 Session Q&A
12:45 Lunch

Session 3 – Securing Currency and Payments


Data Embedding in Intaglio Motives and Related Detection

Nicola Duca

SICPA (Switzerland)

Thomas Kern

OeBS (Austria)


O.V.M Technology: When Chemistry bridges Optics toward Disruptive Security Features

Jérémy Malinge

Crime Science Technology (France)


Intaglio Style Transfer on Computational-Resource-Limited Systems such as Mobile Devices

Anton Pfeifer

inIT, Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe (Germany)


Towards a General Approach for Cryptoanchoring Security Documents

Ernesto González Candela

UnderCurrency (Mexico)

15:30 Session Q&A

Session 3 – Securing Identity


Passport fraud trends and ways to combat them

Joachim Caillosse

Secure Identity Alliance (France)


How Austria Combines the Best of Centralized and Decentralized Digital Identity Solutions

Franz Brudl

Österreichische Print Works (Austria)


Why Optical Variable Elements (OVE) are important for securing the secondary portrait

Patrick Guthmann

IDEMIA (France)


CodeFace: a new digital authentication feature for physical portraits

Nuno Gonçalves

Portuguese Mint and Official Printing Office (Portugal)

15:30 Session Q&A
15:45 Break – Refreshments

Session 4 – Securing Currency and Payments


3D Security Feature Detection using High-speed inline Computational Microscopy

Laurin Ginner

AIT (Austria)


LightSafe: An Interactive Security Technology for Banknotes and ID Documents

Martin Eichenberger

Orell Füssli (Switzerland)

Guillaume Basset

CSEM (Switzerland)


Pitch Correction Methods and Effects in Micro-Optic Design

Robert Stewart

Koenig & Bauer (Switzerland)

17:15 Session Q&A

Session 4 – Securing Identity


Recapture Detection to fight Deep Identity Theft

Anis Trabelsim / Jean-Luc Dugelay

Eurecom (France)

Marc Pic

SURYS (France)


Role of the micro controller and its secure embedded software

Xavier Banchelin

Thales Identity & Biometric Solutions (France)


Laser personalized DOVID based on double metal layer systems

Sebastian Mader

OVD Kinegram (Switzerland)

Harald Walter

OVD Kinegram (Switzerland)

17:15 Session Q&A
17:30 Close of Day One


18:30 Buffet Dinner and Table Top Exhibition

Wednesday 13 April 2022

Session 5 – Securing Health and Vaccination Passes


Who are we and how does it affect our security?

David G.W. Birch

Reconnaissance International (UK)


Proof of Health Status – International Comparisons 2022

Francis Tuffy

Reconnaissance International (UK)


High Security Standard for Health Pass

Marc Pic

SURYS (France)

10:25 Session Q&A
10:35 Break – Refreshments

Session 6 – Micro-and Nano-scale Optical Structures


Plasmonic Pixel based Full Parallax Multi-colour OVDs

Clint Landrock

Nanotech (Canada)


High-speed Fabrication of Durable Optical Features using Direct Laser Interference Patterning

Christopher Zwahr

Fraunhofer Institute (Germany)


The next level of micro-mirror technology

Moritz Höfer

Louisenthal (Germany)

12:05 Session Q&A
12:20 Lunch

Session 7 – New Approaches to Document Security II


White Light Interferometric Artifact Metrics

Tsutomu Matsumoto

Yokohama National University (Japan)


Detection of Digital Forgeries in Remote Identity Verification: Countermeasures and Counter-forensics

Gaël Mahfoudi

Université de Technologies de Troyes & Surys (France)


Highly Personalised Anti-Counterfeit Features using Laser Marking Technologies and Novel Optical Materials

Garry Mudd

OpSec (UK)

Robert Renton

OpSec (UK)

14:40 Session Q&A
15:00 Break – Refreshments

15:30 Panel Discussion – The future evolution of optical and digital document security

Ian Lancaster – Reconnaissance International – Chair
Dave G. W. Birch
Jörg Fischer – Bundesdruckerei
Marc Pic – SURYS
Tony Poole AJW & DSA
Francis Tuffy – Reconnaissance International

16:15 Review of the Conference Topics
16:30 Close of Conference and Farewell Drinks

Branding Opportunities

App & Handbook

EUR 2500

Coffee-refreshment-lunch breaks over 2 days

EUR 5200 / 2 days
EUR 2600 / day

Farewell Drinks

EUR 2000

Lanyards & Badges

EUR 2000

If you have any questions about the branding opportunities, click on the button below or email Sam Burns at sam@recon-intl.com.

Want to Get Involved

Please note that local VAT at the prevailing rate will be added to all invoices where relevant.

Making Your Hotel Reservation

Delegates are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation.

Booking Your Stay

Delegates will be able to book their stay for the conference and receive the special Reconnaissance International rate.

EUR 135 per night

Includes breakfast and taxes.

Contact Details

Rennweg 16
1030 Wien
+43 (1) 206 33-0

Beware of Unsolicited Offers

Delegates should only book their accommodation using the official reservation page when it becomes available – and not through any other agent.

Disreputable companies (such as Trade Show Housing) have been known to approach delegates with unauthorised offers – and these companies cannot be trusted.

Such companies have not been endorsed by us – and we never share delegate information with any housing company or travel agent. All unsolicited offers should be ignored.

If you have any questions or concerns about the hotel arrangements, contact the conference team:
+44 (0)1932 785 680

Delegate Fees

Further discounts apply for early registration – ends on 05 November 2021

Ends 05 Nov 2021

After 05 Nov 2021

Standard Delegate

EUR 1,185

EUR 1,320


EUR 780

EUR 880

Social Partner

EUR 100

EUR 100

* Academic rate applies to delegates from universities or other educational establishments

Standard Delegate

Ends 05 Nov 2021

After 05 Nov 2021

EUR 1,185

EUR 1,320


Ends 05 Nov 2021

After 05 Nov 2021

EUR 780

EUR 880

* Academic rate applies to delegates from universities or other educational establishments

Social Partner

Ends 05 Nov 2021

After 05 Nov 2021

EUR 100

EUR 100

Pre-conference seminars

Add the pre-conference events to your booking – these take place the day before the main conference opens. The first, a seminar, covers ‘International Standards’ whilst the second, a masterclass, covers ‘Securing Digital Currency and Identity’. 

Pre-conference seminar

One Seminar

EUR 495

Both Seminars

EUR 675