White Papers

  • Convergence of Government Programs With Other Card Sectors

    Many technologies are converging in the use and application of identification cards as a result of unprecedented growth in the demand for optimum national security throughout the globe.

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  • Design Principles and Guidelines for Secure DL/ID Cards

    This Secure Card Design Principles (SCDP) white paper is intended to lay out a set of principles, guidelines, and practices that can maximize the probability of developing and maintaining a Driver’s License/ID that will be resistant to compromise. Where the card design standard (CDS) provides the “building blocks” for designing a secure Driver’s License/ID card, this SCDP further describes a process for how to use those “blocks.”

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  • Designing an ID Document for Enhanced Security

    This paper is intended as a reference for government officials considering how best to issue secure IDs. Because there are trade-offs with each model and different requirements for each issuing agency, there is no “best” method.

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  • Durability of Smart Cards for Government eID

    To be successful, a Government eID smart card program faces many trade-offs. The right combination of components for the complete use chain must be carefully selected and qualified to help ensure that the card will meet the extended life requirements of Government eID cards and does not have to be reissued before its expected life time.

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  • High Security Identification Documents

    In this article, a new framework is delivered for considering and evaluating key trade-offs in selecting and designing a secure identification program. This framework articulates a step-by-step process for determining the right mix of Quality, Security, Durability and Cost (QSDC) to manage that risk.

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  • How to Personalize a Passport: A Comparison of Available Digital Print Personalization Technologies for Passports

    Over the last 10 years digital print personalization and the incorporation of biometric-carrying chips have revolutionized the way passports are manufactured, personalized, issued and used. The ceaseless activities of counterfeiters and criminals, and the spectacular growth in passenger numbers, are the twin drivers for change. Governments are faced with many factors to consider when choosing passport personalization technologies including quality, security, durability, throughput, cost and legacy systems, as well as the appropriate level of automation and centralization.

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  • ID Credential Issuance: Central vs. Over-the-Counter Issuance

    With growing concern over the security and effectiveness of every ID System, organizations today are increasingly requiring a broad review of business issues as a critical step in preparing for new and more secure ID issuance. This paper is intended as a reference for government officials considering how best to issue secure IDs.

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  • ISO/IEC Working Groups Are a Key Driver for ID Security

    In the ID card and government ID sector, the major benefits of standardization are to ensure interoperability and commonality between technologies, data elements and interpretation, as well as to make machine-readable documents easier to read and be recognized. This paper is intended to provide an overview of SC17 and its nine individual sub-working groups or committees and how they work together globally and nationally to bring a high level of value to the ID industry.

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  • Taking a Holistic Approach – Best Practices for Over-the-Counter Government ID Card Programs

    Government organizations are regularly challenged to optimize their secure ID programs to ensure that they continuously combat daily threats — from protecting identities and proprietary information, to ensuring that the card they produce is a high-quality document that will be consistent in appearance and closely match all other documents issued in the same ID program.

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  • Taking a Holistic Approach – Best Practices for Over-the-Counter Government ID Card Programs (Spanish)

    Government organizations are regularly challenged to optimize their secure ID programs to ensure that they continuously combat daily threats — from protecting identities and proprietary information, to ensuring that the card they produce is a high-quality document that will be consistent in appearance and closely match all other documents issued in the same ID program.

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  • The Leading Edge of Border Security

    Managing the movement of a billion people across the world’s borders has exponentially increased the need for new security features. Beyond the record-high numbers, new threats continue to emerge, undermining traditional ways of creating secure identities.

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  • Using QSDC To Optimize the Laser Engraving of ID Documents

    Laser marking of ID documents is increasingly becoming the new standard for personalization and security, with a recent and sharp rise in implementation across many types of ID documents around the globe. To gain insight on this rapid growth, laser-marking technology will be examined using the QSDC best practice methodology. This examination will also shed light on the importance of following best practices and the value of working with an experienced technology provider.

    1.7 Mb . pdf


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