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John A. Peters
New Business Development Manager, OVD Kinegram, Switzerland
Is digital verification sufficient at our borders?
- Are electronic check routines on travel documents sufficient at automatic border controls?
- Can complex physical security features be inspected using standard machines and processes?
- New approaches to enhance optical check routines at automatic borders.
To cope with the ever-increasing number of travellers without compromising security, Automatic Border Control Systems (ABC) must be capable of efficient and reliable inspection of biometric machine-readable travel documents (or e-MRTDs).
These systems rely on the Public-Key-Infrastructure (PKI) to establish the full chain-of-trust. This, however, is not only dependent on the electronic functionality, but also on the timely exchange and revocation of PKI certificates between countries. As these requirements are not always met, it is not surprising that the ICAO New Technologies Working Group has recently issued best practice guidelines for reliable machine authentication, which includes electronic and physical security check routines on the e-MRTDs.
Travel documents usually contain strong anti-counterfeiting physical security features, such as diffractive optically variable image devices (DOVIDs). To maintain their ability to resist copying and simulation, these security features, which are traditionally designed for human inspection, exhibit optical effects with ever-increasing complexity. Thus, their authentication at automatic border crossings using standardized equipment and processes is both a significant technological challenge and a huge opportunity for enhancing the security. In this presentation, the KINEGRAM® technology is used as an example to show how DOVIDs can be designed to become an integral part of the machine verification process at our borders.
John Peters is New Business Development Manager at OVD Kinegram. Since starting his assignment at OVD Kinegram in January 2003, John has focussed on the implementation of advanced technologies for enhancing the security of government documents. Prior to joining OVD Kinegram, John worked as product marketing manager in the semiconductor industry from 1999 – 2003. After completing a PhD degree in materials science in 1986, he started his professional career in research and development, where he later became group leader for surface engineering at Sulzer in Switzerland. John lives in Zürich together with his wife and two children.