The new HoloPrint Laminate Patch for ID cards and Driving Licences from ITW Security Division combines Covid’s holographic features with Fasver’s unique patented printed features in a single design to prevent counterfeiting and aid in the authentication of genuine ID documents around the world. Available as a laminate patch it has been designed to work with a wide variety of plastic ID card substrates including PVC, PC, PET and composite cards that have been personalised with a D2T2 or Retransfer card printer. HoloPrint provides excellent adhesion and durability protecting the personalised ID Card or Driving Licence against daily wear and tear and tampering. 

Since its launch HoloPrint has been successfully used in five different projects in the US, Asia and Africa. In one application it has been used for both the Resident Permit and Work Permit of an Asian country with the Government opting to use HoloPrint due to both its complexity and flexibility. The combination of holography and printed solutions had never been used on an ID Card in the country before and HoloPrint was chosen to increase the security through the use of holographics and a unique patented printed Level 1 security feature that enabled instant authentication. 

Similarly in the most recent US project, the Government office chose HoloPrint because of the new level of security it offered, combining high-end holography with unique printed features, differentiating their ID Card and making it easy to verify and difficult to copy or simulate.

Protection of variable data and the cardholder’s image
Photographs included on ID cards and documents using non-secure personalisation techniques, such as ink-jet or standard D2T2 printing, can often be a target for substitution and therefore anti-counterfeiting efforts often concentrate on tamper prevention and tamper evidence. This makes the image of the ID document holder a real focus for counterfeiters, to the extent that “Plastic cards are the product most targeted by fraudsters” (Gary Mile, UK’s Metropolitan Police, FALCON, SDW 2015).

By combining the unique patented printed features such as OVTek® and Imaprotek® with holography in a single design, ITW Security Division’s design department create custom originations that combine the background artwork into one cohesive design and all in excellent registration. This helps deliver a finished ID Card that is both attractive and original as well as being highly secure and easy to authenticate by law enforcement authorities. ITW Security Division’s HoloPrint Laminate Patches are also customised to the specific requirements of each ID Card printer or laminator within the project, ensuring perfect results in application and the final ID Card issuance.

Commenting on the HoloPrint Laminate Patch Bob Carey, ITW Security Division’s Business Unit Manager said “ID Cards are a real target for fraudsters and our HoloPrint Patch Laminates are an increasingly important part in delivering a solution that protects the design and personal data both from wear & tear and tampering by fraudsters. The ability to combine highly sophisticated holographics and print in registration and as part of the overall card design is proving highly popular and helped us support and improve the security in ID card projects across the world".

About ITW Security Division 

The ITW Security Division was formed in 2012 through the coming together of the management teams, technologies and resources of Covid, Fasver® and Imagedata™. Leveraging the strengths of these brands, the ITW Security Division today offers the secure document market a single source supply for high security laminate documents and dye diffusion (D2T2) ribbons. 

As an independently operated division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), a Fortune 200 company, we have the financial resources necessary to continually invest in new technology, research and development. This global footprint and view has enabled us to supply products to more than half the world’s countries from our secure facilities in the UK, France and USA. 

At ITW Security Division we understand that the foundation for secure materials begins with highly secure manufacturing facilities. We manufacture products from start to finish in one of our secure facilities enabling us to meet the ‘under-one-roof’ production requirements demanded by many governments. 

Our products and technologies driven by our Covid and Fasver® brands have developed a global reputation for highly advanced security solutions. Overt, covert and forensic security technologies are customised to the specific requirements of each document program to enable the widest combination of personalisation methods and substrates for passport and ID card issuance worldwide. 

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