ODDS 2022 Review – Vienna

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ODDS 2022 – a Constant in an Industry in Transition

Experts, government representatives, technologists and commentators gathered in Austria’s stunning capital city of Vienna (11 – 13 April) to share recent technical developments in the fields of optical and digital document security.

The Optical & Digital Document Security (ODDS) Conference has its roots in the highly respected Optical Document Security Conference, held every two years since 1996, and Digital Document Security, a spin-off event first held in 2019. In combining the two events, conference organisers Reconnaissance wanted to recognise the important role that optical technologies continue to play in securing documents as they transition to the digital domain.

Following the two seminars on the first day of the event covering ‘International Standards’ and ‘Securing Digital Currency and Identity’, the conference was opened (12 April) by Michael Fuchs, Austria Ministry of Interior, who stressed the continuing importance of protecting government issued documents against fraud.

 Then after the welcome address from Ian Lancaster, Conference Chair, the attendees were treated to a thought provoking and, at some points, contentious keynote address from author, advisor and commentator – David Birch.

The first technical session, ‘The Transition’, looked at three distinct approaches to bridging the gap between the physical and digital worlds. OeSD International (Austria), TECH5 (Switzerland) and COLOP Digital (Austria) each had their own strategy for the authentication of what are increasingly being called ‘phygital’ documents.

Following from this, ‘New Approaches to Document Security’ contained two papers on novel optical devices.

Peiman Hosseini from Bodle Technologies (UK) described a novel switchable optically variable ink (SOVI), which has the capability to switch between two stable, highly contrasting, colour states generated by an optical nano-cavity featuring ultra-thin phase change materials using laser excitation.

Caleb Meredith, from Pennsylvania State University (US) in his paper titled ‘Iridescent Films Utilising Structural Colour from Reflective Microstructures’ described a method for making iridescent security films exhibiting tuneable colour-shifting appearances, with wide angular colour separations. In his presentation he demonstrated an optical effect enabling the generation of optical interference from concave reflective microstructures ranging from 10 to 100 microns in size.

For the remainder of the first day, the conference split into two parallel streams: one for securing identity and the other for protecting currency & payments. In common, they described the use of optical and physical technologies for protecting against existing and emerging threats to the integrity of documents of value.

The conference reconvened to a single stream for the second day (13 April) to tackle the topical issues of the role of optical and digital technologies in securing health status passports, before taking technical submissions in the areas of micro- and nano-optical structures and other new approaches to document security.

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.

inIT-Institute Industrial IT

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


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

ANY Security Printing

An interesting and thought provoking conference, bringing together many technologies and perspective, united by the common theme of digital security. I think the conference fills a gap, perhaps many gaps, and I look forward to the next.

Luminescence SunChemical Security

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.

M.J.M. International

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.

Lebanese American University


AAMVA – American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators


AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology




Alan Hodgson Consulting Ltd

United Kingdom

Andrews & Wykeham

United Kingdom



Author & Commentator on Digital Identity



Banque De France


Bodle Technologies Ltd

United Kingdom



Canadian Bank Note


COLOP Digital GmbH


Crane Currency


Crime Science Technology




DNP Imagingcomm Europe BV


Doculus Lumus GmbH



United Kingdom



Fraunhofer Institute


G+D Currency Technology GmbH




Hueck Folien





United Kingdom

IN Groupe, for the Secure Identity Alliance


INCM – Portuguese Mint and Official Printing Office


inIT-Institute Industrial IT


IQ Structures

Czech Republic

Jura JSP GmbH


Koenig & Bauer AG


Landqart AG


Lazos Internacionales sa de cv


Ministry of the Interior




Nanotech Security Corp.


National Bank of Tajikistan


Oberthur Fiduciaire





United Kingdom

Orell Füssli


Österreichische Staatsdruckerei


OVD Kinegram


Papierfabrik Louisenthal GmbH


Penn State University


Reconnaissance International

United Kingdom



Rolling Optics AB




Stardust Materials


State Police


Sun Chemical






Thales Identity & Biometric Solutions


Thymaris GmbH


U-NICA Solutions AG




Université de Technologies de Troyes & Surys




Viavi Solutions


Yokohama National University


Youniqx Identity AG



Access to the presentations is limited to ODDS 2022 attendees, please use the password which was provided by the [email protected]

Programme Committee Members


Aurélie Berthon

Koenig & Bauer

Jeff Conroy


John Winchcombe

Cash & Payment News™

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 ODDS 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 Hermann 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 Hermann 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

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Session 1 – The Transition


Conference Welcome

Michael Fuchs

Austrian Ministry of Interior (Austria)


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)

11:00 Session Q&A
11:15 Break – Refreshments

Session 2 – New Approaches to Document Security


A Switchable Optically Variable Ink (SOVI)

Peiman Hosseini

Bodle Technologies (UK)


Iridescent Films Utilizing Structural Color from Reflective Microstructures

Caleb Meredith

Pennsylvania State University (United States)


Phygital IDs and the Vision and Implementation of a Federated eGovernment Ecosystem

Xavier Prost

Veridos Identity Solutions (Germany)

12:30 Session Q&A
12:45 Lunch

Session 3 – Securing Currency and Payments


Data Embedding in Intaglio Motives

Pablo Sempere

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)

15:20 Session Q&A

Session 3 – Securing Identity


Passport Fraud Trends and Ways to Combat Them

Joachim Caillosse

Secure Identity Alliance (France)


Digital Identity at the Crossroads Between Centralized and Decentralized Solutions

Christian Casari

youniqx Identity AG (Austria)


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

Patrick Guthmann

IDEMIA (France)


TrustFace: a new digital authentication feature for physical portraits

Nuno Gonçalves

Portuguese Mint and Official Printing Office (Portugal)

15:20 Session Q&A
15:35 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)

17:00 Session Q&A

Session 4 – Securing Identity


Recapture Detection to fight Deep Identity Theft

Marc Pic

SURYS (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)

17:00 Session Q&A
17:15 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?

Ian Lancaster

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)

10:10 Session Q&A
10:25 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

Christoph Zwahr

Fraunhofer Institute (Germany)


The Next Level of Micro-Mirror Technology

Tobias Sattler

Louisenthal (Germany)


Printing Variable Holographic and Optical Structures with Differing Encrypted Holographic Information

Dan Lieberman

Holomex/Nanografix (Mexico)

Dan Lieberman

Nanografix/Hologramas de México (Mexico)

12:20 Session Q&A
12:35 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

Marc Pic

SURYS (France)


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

Garry Mudd

OpSec Security (UK)

Robert Renton

OpSec Security (UK)

14:45 Session Q&A
14:55 Break – Refreshments

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

Ian Lancaster – Reconnaissance International – Chair
Dave G. W. Birch Author & Commentator on Digital Identity
Jörg Fischer – Bundesdruckerei
Loffie Jordaan – AAMVA – American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
Francis Tuffy – Reconnaissance International
John Winchcombe – Reconnaissance International

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

Table Top Exhibitors

Many thanks to the following exhibitors for taking part in our table top exhibition on Tuesday evening.