Optical Document Security Conference Proceedings
Capturing the conference for your information and interest
The Optical Document Security conference (ODS) is the forum for the introduction and discussion of new optical methods of protecting secured documents, such that it has contributed to optical security features becoming an integral component of banknotes, identity documents and tax stamps.
ODS 2020 took place at a time of change for secured documents as digital systems become more common, a trend accelerated by the Coronavirus pandemic. This whole new environment for secured documents is examined in the ODS Proceedings, which includes papers covering optical feature interaction with smartphones as well papers describing the latest materials and techniques for optical features.
New features or techniques introduced at ODS 2020 which you can read about in the Proceedings, include electrochromic materials, caustic-based optical features, microelectronic photoactive compounds, asymmetric microstructures and the latest in surface plasmon resonance. These papers are from veterans of security documents such as SICPA and OVD Kinegram as well as newcomers including Eptainks, Rayform and academic research organisations.
Similarly, there are several papers in the smartphone section from newcomers such as PulseTech Security as well as contributions from well-known innovative research organisations, including CSEM (Switzerland), Fraunhofer and the University of Utah and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Between them they set out methods for using volume holograms, plasmonics, transparent features and nano-optics as features to work with smartphones.
Other topics covered in the Proceedings are human factors and design, production issues and examination and authentication. In other words, everything to do with optical security features from the laboratory to the field.
If you weren’t at the conference to hear these papers, and given ODS’ track record in introducing features which have become standard, reading the Proceedings will ensure you are up to date with the latest features and thinking in this now fast-moving field.