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Kurz targets identity theft

Thursday, 02 August 2018
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Kinegram was recently been added to Taiwan’s new passports.

Kurz, a leading supplier of metallised foil-based security solutions for banknotes – including the new Australian $5 bill – will showcase its new Kinegram ID security solution at the Digital ID Show 2018 in Canberra next week.

In a presentation, Stephen Pratt, Kurz Australia MD, will discuss the importance of physical identification in the digital world and how Kurz’s innovative security solutions help combat identity theft.

“Along with the rest of the world, Australia is rolling out digital identity and biometrics solutions at an increasing rate,” says Pratt. “These include digital driver’s licenses, e-Gates and other biometric scanning solutions. In a digital world, your physical identity now matters more than ever as these trusted documents are still used to verify who you are.

“With this increased importance on the physical identity documents as the foundation for your trusted ID, why isn’t security on these documents being improved? In my presentation, I’ll be exploring the problem of identity theft and outlining what can be done to protect and verify physical identity documents using Kurz Kinegram technologies, and how these physical identity tokens can be linked to your digital identity.”

The Australian $5 banknote features a Kinogram foil stripe applied over the top-to-bottom clear window.

Kinegram is a foil-based Optical Variable Device (OVD) which is used to secure and protect government documents including drivers licences, passports and banknotes (including Australia’s) in more than 120 countries. The distinguishing characteristic of the Kinegram is movement – kine in Greek means to move – movement of light, colour or shine (reflectiveness) across a given design. The optically variable elements are fully transparent and can be lines or images, rainbow coloured or matt, changing to and from a variety of colours, or be seemingly three dimensional, and on a passport or licence can even be transparent replicas of the main portrait photograph.

“The possibilities for designers are virtually endless; the effects are spectacular and result from the application of optical science, married to advanced foil technology,” says Pratt. 

Kurz Australia will be at stand #416 at the Digital ID Show, 7-8 August at the National Convention Centre in Canberra. It’s the first major conference and expo for digital identity in Australia, and runs alongside the Technology in Government Expo. 

Kurz is a global leader in hot stamping and coating technology with over 5,000 employees around the world.


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