Oberthur Technologies and Graphic Security Systems Corporation Enhance Physical Security of Smart Cards
once again recognized the innovation capacity of Oberthur Technologies by
selecting the product ID-One(TM) Sky as finalist for the Sesame award for the
best application in the identification category at the Cartes 2009 trade fair
Following the lead of the electronic passport, the smart card is being
confirmed as the only technology capable of reliably strengthening the
security of any type of identity document: national identity cards, resident
permits, driving licenses, etc. While electronic features provide most of
this enhanced security, the card body itself must support physical security
features to allow reliable authentication of a document when the chip cannot
ID-One(TM) Sky is a completely novel kind of physical security feature
stemming from collaboration between Oberthur Technologies, Graphic Security
Systems Corporation and
An ID-One(TM) Sky card is made from polycarbonate, an extremely robust
material especially suited for use over several years. It includes a
transparent window which is a decoder for invisible markings present on the
photo of another card. Two ID-One(TM) Sky cards authenticate each other by
laying the transparent window of one over the cardholder photo of the other.
Hidden data are then revealed and any tampering with the photo is immediately
detected. For the first time, a level 2 invisible security feature can be
directly verified in the field without any specific or complex tool.
Hidden Indicia(TM), a patented Scrambled Indicia(R) technology developed
by Graphic Security Systems Corporation, allows invisible data to be
integrated into a photo. It is already used on several identity documents
such as the new
Integration of a decoding transparent window in a polycarbonate smart
card body requires the combined mastery of several technologies unique to
fiduciary printers and smart card manufacturers. Oberthur Technologies is one
of the few companies worldwide in command of such know-how.
“We have always worked very closely with the key players in the identity
document security market. This makes it possible for us to offer our
customers the latest generation of products for their projects,” explains
“Security of a document is closely related to the ability of the first
line to control it. Oberthur Technologies has a good grasp of this issue and
ID-One(TM) Sky is the first identity document which allows us to integrate a
second line dimension at the time of verification,” says
Superintendent of the Belgian federal police.
About Oberthur Technologies
With sales of
leader in the field of secure technologies. Innovation and high quality
services ensure Oberthur Technologies’ strong positioning in its main target
- Card Systems: The world's second largest provider of security and identification based on smart card technology and associated services for mobile, payment, transport, digital TV and convergence markets. - Identity: Leading international supplier for the manufacture and personalization of secure identity documents such as passport, identity card, driving license or health care card - traditional and electronic - and associated services for both governmental and corporate markets. - Security printing: World's third largest private security printer specialized in high security for the production of banknotes, checks and other fiduciary documents in more than fifty countries. - Cash protection: World leader in the emerging market of intelligent systems to secure cash-in-transit and ATM.
Close to its customers, Oberthur Technologies benefits from an industrial
and commercial presence across all five continents.
Oberthur Technologies S.A. is a limited liability company (societe
anonyme) registered in
92 532 Levallois Perret,
registration number is 340 709 534 R.C.S. Nanterre.
About Graphic Security Systems Corporation
With nearly 30 years in the Document and Brand Protection industry, GSSC
has a complete security solution in the area of encoding and authentication
using precision optical and digital processes, as well as multifunctional and
interoperable mobile verification devices.
GSSC owns a comprehensive intellectual property portfolio, with 20 USA
patents and other worldwide issued applications in anti-counterfeiting, fraud
identification, online authentication and related technologies.
GSSC has provided its patented security technology to
government-authorized security printing firms and major corporations since
1981 and has been featured on billions of currency documents, passports,
postage stamps, stock certificates, photo IDs and other Security documents
Trademarks: Scrambled Indicia(R) and Hidden Indicia(TM) are Trademarks of
SOURCE Oberthur Technologies