ODDS 2023 Review – Prague

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The Optical & Digital Document Security Conference Review

Overview

Two underlying themes emerged at the ODDS conference in Prague, Czech Republic: concerns about data privacy and the use of personally identifiable information (PII), and the continuing difference in the drivers for the traditional security document community and digital systems developers. In the words of Ian Lancaster, conference Chairman, the former is driven by the need for security, while the latter are driven by their desire to develop new and easier ways for financial transactions and identity verification. Or, as Garry Sidaway of NTT Security, has put it, “Convenience and security are uneasy bedfellows”.

ODDS 2023: Attendance breakdown

Attendance

The conference was attended by 167 people, from 27 countries and 94 organisations. Of these organisations, 42 are involved with physical security documents – as issuers, printers or component suppliers; 16 are in the digital arena and 12 work on optical features. Although the majority of participants represented established companies, the public sector and innovative organisations were well-represented, as shown on the pie chart.

The interest in this sphere from all participants was well-demonstrated at the conference dinner and exhibition on the Tuesday evening, when the dozen exhibitors were kept busy showing and talking about their work – be it a trade association seeking more members or a start-up company demonstrating its new technology. And this despite the excellent food and drinks available!

Programme

The conference got under way on Monday afternoon with a well-attended seminar presented by Dr Alan Hodgson, in which he addressed whether smartphones are “effective and/or convenient” in this era of digital transactions. He covered the technology of smartphones before considering socio-economic factors, pointing out the transition of power and responsibility from governments and banks to the tech giants. He concluded that perhaps the environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues will come to play a bigger role in the development of smartphone use in the ODDS sphere.

The Programme of Presentations

Two days of conference presentations were kicked-off by Tony Poole from the Document Security Alliance (DSA), running through some alarming statistics about identity fraud in the USA, as a way of giving context for the following presentations which mainly covered security techniques. Tony pointed out that the internet is now a major source of fraudulent ID documents, but people requesting such items online are at risk of their PII (personally identifiable information) being used for other criminal purposes.

The first conference session explored the phygital – the links between the physical and digital worlds. Duncan Reid presented his findings on “Banknotes in a Digital World to 2032”, with Marc Pic of Advanced Track & Trace explaining the transformation of banknotes to digital currencies. Landqart and Tech5 then showed how they are producing laminated substrates with digital data securely inlaid.

This first session set the tone for the conference, as it became apparent that ODDS participants view physical and digital systems working in parallel in the foreseeable future.

It remains true that ODDS is more representative of physical secured documents than the digital or virtual ID and transaction field. Perhaps this is inevitable given the conference’s genesis in the Optical Document Security conference, although the balance has improved since the first conference.

So it was that there were two sessions on document security and two sessions on new optical security techniques, sandwiching sessions on protecting Identity in the digital age – perhaps now one of the most important topics in the conference.

Among the issues covered in these ID sessions were centralised or decentralised digital ID ecosystems; biometrics; the challenge of quantum computing and artificial intelligence; MRTDs (machine readable travel documents); the latest security features on the German ID card, in presentations given, respectively, by Veridos, the Security Identity Alliance, Bundesdruckerei, Veridos (again), the University of Twente and Bundesdruckerei (again). Also in these sessions Sergei Toedtli of Thymaris gave examples of how digital security features have been counterfeited and Claudia Schwendimann, of the Austrian State Printing House, gave a case study on the new Ghanaian health insurance app.

Interestingly, in the document security sessions there were two presentations about banknote design, from UnderCurrency and Banco de España, illustrating the point that there is still interest in improving banknote security. These sessions included presentations on new magnetic ink (MagVision); micro- and nano-security elements (Surys); detecting non-artificial microstructures (Koenig & Bauer); authentication using super-resolution images (Advanced Track & Trace), and verifying certificates for personal protective equipment (InIT).

The optical security sessions comprised presentations from well-established providers as well as new entrants to the field – again, showing continuing interest and inventiveness. The former included OVD Kinegram’s presentation on structural colours; SICPA presenting its new LCD printing for vehicle licence plates and IQS Group (which sponsored the conference in its home city) showing its work on spiral configurations for DOVID design. Newcomers showing their technology were Chromatir, a Penn State University spin-off, which has invented a novel optically-variable device technique; 4Plate explaining how it’s integrating optical security in to the body of plastic cards; Distinkt, a collaborative venture between four Catalan institutions, revealing its NIR-induced colour-changing inks; and Soochow University presenting its new approach to microlens array security devices.

The Panel Discussion

Halfway through the second day, Ian Lancaster chaired a panel of Joachim Caillosse, Security Identity Alliance; Volker Lohweg, InIT; Tony Poole, DSA and Jörg Fischer, Bundesdruckerei, addressing the question of whether there is a future for physical security documents. After a brief statement from the panel members (each affirming from their different perspectives that there is a future), Lancaster opened it for general discussion. But before doing so he asked anyone under 30 in the hall to put their hand up. When no-one did (except the members of the Reconnaissance team!) he suggested that “perhaps we are the wrong generation to consider this question.” Nonetheless, a lively discussion followed, where the concerns about privacy and PII security were to the fore.

Attendance stayed healthy right to the last presentation and participants commented on the value and interest of the event. Nonetheless, the Conference Committee recognises the need to create a programme with a better representation from the digital community.

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.

Bundesdruckerei

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

Attendees

3D AG

Switzerland

4Plate GmbH / Pro Gravur AG

Switzerland

Advanced Track and Trace

France

Alan Hodgson Consulting Ltd

United Kingdom

Angstrom Technologies, Inc.

USA

ANY Security Printing Co. Plc.

Hungary

APO Production Unit, Inc.

Philippines

Authentic Vision GmbH

Austria

Authentication Consultant

USA

Banco de España

Spain

Bank Note Paper Mill India

India

Bank of Canada

Canada

Banque De France

France

Bundesdruckerei

Germany

Canadian Banknote Company Limited

Canada

CCL Secure

Australia

Chromatir

USA

Collano AG

Switzerland

Crane Currency

Sweden

Crime Science Technology

France

CSEM SA

Switzerland

Danish National ID Centre

Denmark

Danmarks Nationalbank

Denmark

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Australia

Australia

Deutsche Bundesbank

Germany

Distinkt SL.

Spain

DNP Imagingcomm Europe BV

Netherlands

Document Security Alliance (USA)

USA

DSTL

United Kingdom

European Central Bank

Germany

Federal Reserve Board

USA

German Patent and Trade Mark Office

Germany

Giesecke + Devrient

Germany

Gleitsmann Security Inks Gmbh

Germany

Gradus Proximus

Austria

GSI

Germany

HID Global

Ireland

Holostik India

India

Honeywell

Germany

Hueck Folien GmbH

Austria

Hungarian Banknote Printing Company

Hungary

IHMA

United Kingdom

inIT – Institute Industrial IT

Germany

Inverid

Netherlands

IPZS

Italy

IQ Structures

Czech Republic

Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions

Switzerland

Landqart

Switzerland

Los Alamos National Laboratory

USA

Luminescence Sun Chemical Security

United Kingdom

MagVision

United Kingdom

Maurer Electronics GmbH

Germany

National Bank of Belgium

Belgium

National Examinations Council of Tanzania

Tanzania

NMCox Consulting Inc.

USA

Oberthur Fiduciaire

France

Oesterreichische Banknoten- und Sicherheitsdruck GmbH

Austria

Optaglio a.s.

Czech Republic

Orell Füssli AG

Switzerland

Österreichische Staatsdruckerei

Austria

OVD Kinegram

Switzerland

Papierfabrik Louisenthal

Germany

PWPW

Poland

Raith

Germany

Schwarz Druck GmbH

Germany

Seculysis Research Institute

Japan

Secure Identity Alliance

SICPA

Switzerland

Smithers

USA

State Grid Corporation of China

China

State police of Latvia, Forensic Service department

Latvia

Statini Tiskarna Cenin, s.p.

Czech Republic

SunChemical

Belgium

Surys

France

Swiss National Bank / CBCDG – Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group

Switzerland

TECH5

Switzerland

Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe

Germany

Thales

France

Thymaris GmbH

Switzerland

Toppan Inc.

Japan

U-NICA Solutions AG

Switzerland

UnderCurrency

Mexico

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

Veracity Protocol

Czech Republic

Veridos

Germany

Viavi Solutions

USA

Witte Technology GmbH

Germany

Yoram Oren

Israel

Zeiser GmbH

Germany

Zhongchao Special Security Technology

China

Programme

Access to the presentations is limited to ODDS 2023 attendees, please use the password which was provided by the [email protected]

Programme Committee Members

 

Aurélie Berthon

Koenig & Bauer

Jeff Conroy

Authentix

John Winchcombe

Cash & Payment News™

Monday 17 April 2023

13:30 – 17:00 Seminar – Smartphones in the New ODDS World: Effective and/or Convenient?

Seminar Leader, Dr Alan Hodgson

Smartphones are now indivisible from optical and digital security for financial transactions, identify verification, document and product authentication and supply chain security.

Whether you carry your identity information digitally or want to order a taxi online, you need your smartphone. Similarly, smartphones are becoming indispensable in supply chain monitoring, product authentication and validating your means of payment.

But how good are they in actually keeping you and your personal information secure? And what happens if you don’t have a smartphone – or there is no network coverage where you are?

In this seminar Dr Alan Hodgson will address these questions – and more. He will take a critical look at smartphone technology, lifecycle and more to address the issue of whether we are becoming over-reliant on them in this new digital and virtual world.

He will start by analysing the broad landscape for smartphones in this new world, looking at political, economic, social and technical issues. Then he will get more specific about smartphone technology and security, covering topics such as the camera performance and its suitability for verifying optical features and 2D codes; and, because smartphones largely depend on connectivity to do their job, he will look into the security of networks and wifi systems.

The seminar will include case studies on the use of smartphones as a substitute for cash, as provers of our identity, for reading codes – where he will consider the different requirements of consumers and inspectors – as well as comparing smartphones with more specialist purpose-built devices.

In the later part of the seminar Dr Hodgson will consider emerging technologies, both those pertinent to smartphones and those that might compete with or usurp them.

What this will create is a seminar that addresses the fundamental issues of the balance between efficiency, convenience and security of smartphone solutions. It will ask are we right to become so dependent on them and if not what do we do about it; and where does control lie in the complex issue of electronic payment/identity/authentication? This is the issue that will be covered in a panel discussion that will close the seminar, which will be your chance to ask about these absolutely key matters.

This will be an important participatory seminar to kick off Optical & Document Security 2023, and vital for you to attend if you are active in optical or digital security of ID and transactions – especially if you are placing smartphones in the mix of security verification.

About Dr Alan Hodgson

Dr Alan Hodgson has a background in printing and holography, initially from the photographic industry and then with 3M in security printing. He now works as an independent consultant in the field of printing and imaging.

His interest in smartphones started with the early days of phone cameras and their photographic capabilities. As the smartphone platform developed into the multiple capabilities we see today he continued to study these, noting the trade-offs between capabilities and vulnerabilities and between threats and opportunities across a range of applications. This seminar will provide a summary of the learning on this journey.

Alan is a Visiting Academic in Material Science at the University of Manchester and an Expert Fellow to the SPRITE+ university collaboration which investigates Security, PRivacy, Identity and Trust Engagement in the digital space. Supporting these he is active in the field of International Standards for photography, printed electronics and wearable devices.

He is a contributing author to a number of the Reconnaissance International publications and has presented papers and courses at their events.

Tuesday 18 April 2023

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

Session 1 – The Link Between the Physical and Digital Worlds

08:30

Welcome

Ian Lancaster

Reconnaissance International (UK)

08:40

The Impact of Counterfeiting of Physical and Digital Identities

Tony Poole

Document Security Alliance (USA)

09:00

The Future of Physical vs Digital Currency: Banknotes in a Digital World to 2032

Duncan Reid

Smithers (UK)

09:20

Hybrid Currencies : How to Transform Banknotes to Digital Currencies

Marc Pic

Advanced Track & Trace (France)

09:40

Securely Combining Physical Security Documents with the Digital Realm

Hanno Goldbach

Landqart (Switzerland)

Andy Gray

TECH5 (Switzerland)

10:05 Session Q&A
10:15 Break – Refreshments

Session 2 – New Approaches to Document Security I

10:40

Magnetic Codes in Security Printing

Allan Harle

Magvision (UK)

11:00

Rapid Iteration Testing for Banknote Design

Ernesto González Candela

UnderCurrency (Mexico)

11:20

A New Way of Designing Cash using Neuroscience

Ruben Ortuño

Banco de España (Spain)

11:40

User Experience of Robust Micro- & Nano-security Elements

Nelson Gananathan

SURYS (France)

12:00 Session Q&A
12:15 Lunch

Session 3 – New Approaches to Document Security II

13:30

Development and Application Test for the Detection of Non-Artificial Microstructures

Marc Hunsaenger

Koenig & Bauer (Germany)

13:50

Multi-Images Super-Resolution to Help Authenticate ID Documents, BankNotes and Products

Marc Pic

Advanced Track & Trace (France)

14:10

Semi-automated Certificate Authenticity Verification on the example of medical personal protective equipment

Volker Lohweg

Institute Industrial IT (Germany)

14:30 Session Q&A
14:40 Break – Refreshments

Session 4 – Protecting Identity in the Digital Age I

15:10

Biometrics in Identity: Building Inclusive Futures

Thilo Utermark

Secure Identity Alliance

15:30

Trust Services and Digital ID Solutions

Franziska Muschik

Veridos (Germany)

Alexander Winnen

Veridos (Germany)

15:50

Protecting ID Systems in the Quantum Era

Jörg Fischer

Bundesdruckerei (Germany)

16:10

Reaching New Levels of Identity Document Quality with AI

Michael Schalk

Veridos (Germany)

16:30

Universal Health Coverage Made Accessible

Claudia Schwendimann

Austrian State Printing House (Austria)

16:50 Session Q&A
17:05 Close of Day One

 

18:30 Conference Dinner and Table Top Exhibition

Wednesday 19 April 2023

Session 5 – Protecting Identity in the Digital Age II

09:00

Introduction to ODDS Day 2

Ian Lancaster

Reconnaissance International (UK)

09:05

Experiences with Counterfeits of Digital Security Features

Sergej Toedtli

Thymaris (Switzerland)

09:25

CITE: Country Independent Template Extraction from MRTDs

Eric Santiago Garcia

University of Twente; InverID (Netherlands)

09:45

Self-Protecting Portrait – Polycarbonate Inks Beyond Digital Watermarking

Oliver Muth

Bundesdruckerei (Germany)

10:05 Session Q&A
10:15 Break – Refreshments

Session 6 – New Optical Techniques for Security I

10:45

Structural Colours – Powerful & Self-explaining Design Elements

Eduard Miloglyadov

OVD Kinegram (Switzerland)

11:05

Anti-counterfeiting Imaging Device Based on Microlens Array

Su Shen

Soochow University (PR China)

11:30

NIR-induced Colour/Fluorescence Changing Inks

Alex Julia

Distinkt (Spain)

11:50 Session Q&A

12:00 Panel Discussion – Shaping the future of transactions and identity or Is there a future for physical security documents?

12:45 Lunch

Session 7 – New Optical Techniques for Security II

14:00

Optically Variable Films Harnessing Colour-shifting Microstructures

Caleb Meredith

Chromatir (United States)

14:20

Your Document is an Optical System

Yit-Shun Leung Ki

4Plate (Germany)

14:40

DOVID Design in a Non-orthogonal Co-ordinate System

Vladimir Kolarik

IQ Structures (Czech Republic)

15:00

Licence Plate Authentication with Liquid Crystal Printing

Christophe Garnier

SICPA (Switzerland)

Nicola Duca

SICPA (Switzerland)

15:20 Session Q&A
15:30 Review of the Conference Topics
15:45 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.