Programme Committee Members


Aurélie Berthon

Koenig & Bauer

Jeff Conroy


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

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Session 1 – The Link Between the Physical and Digital Worlds



Ian Lancaster

Reconnaissance International (UK)


The Impact of Counterfeiting of Physical and Digital Identities

Tony Poole

Document Security Alliance (USA)


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

Duncan Reid

Smithers (UK)


Hybrid Currencies : How to Transform Banknotes to Digital Currencies

Marc Pic

Advanced Track & Trace (France)


Securely Combining Physical Security Documents with the Digital Realm

Hanno Goldbach

Landqart (Switzerland)

Andy Gray

TECH5 (Switzerland)

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

Session 2 – New Approaches to Document Security I


Magnetic Codes in Security Printing

Allan Harle

Magvision (UK)


Rapid Iteration Testing for Banknote Design

Ernesto González Candela

UnderCurrency (Mexico)


A New Way of Designing Cash using Neuroscience

Ruben Ortuño

Banco de España (Spain)


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


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

Marc Hunsaenger

Koenig & Bauer (Germany)


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

Marc Pic

Advanced Track & Trace (France)


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


Biometrics in Identity: Building Inclusive Futures

Thilo Utermark

Secure Identity Alliance


Trust Services and Digital ID Solutions

Franziska Muschik

Veridos (Germany)

Alexander Winnen

Veridos (Germany)


Protecting ID Systems in the Quantum Era

Jörg Fischer

Bundesdruckerei (Germany)


Reaching New Levels of Identity Document Quality with AI

Michael Schalk

Veridos (Germany)


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


Introduction to ODDS Day 2

Ian Lancaster

Reconnaissance International (UK)


Experiences with Counterfeits of Digital Security Features

Sergej Toedtli

Thymaris (Switzerland)


CITE: Country Independent Template Extraction from MRTDs

Eric Santiago Garcia

University of Twente; InverID (Netherlands)


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


Structural Colours – Powerful & Self-explaining Design Elements

Eduard Miloglyadov

OVD Kinegram (Switzerland)


Anti-counterfeiting Imaging Device Based on Microlens Array

Su Shen

Soochow University (PR China)


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


Optically Variable Films Harnessing Colour-shifting Microstructures

Caleb Meredith

Chromatir (United States)


Your Document is an Optical System

Yit-Shun Leung Ki

4Plate (Germany)


DOVID Design in a Non-orthogonal Co-ordinate System

Vladimir Kolarik

IQ Structures (Czech Republic)


Licence Plate Authentication with Liquid Crystal Printing

Christophe Garnier

SICPA (Switzerland)

Nicola Duca

SICPA (Switzerland)

15:30 Session Q&A
15:45 Review of the Conference Topics
16:00 Close of Conference and Farewell Drinks