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The SecInt Card project for the protection of modern ID documents and the Visual-ID project for mobile authenticity verification mark the continuation of innovative activities in Berlin-Brandenburg by Bundesdruckerei and selected Fraunhofer institutes. This research collaboration is part of the Fraunhofer “Secure Identity Berlin-Brandenburg” innovation cluster and is backed by Investitionsbank Berlin’s ProFIT programme as well as EU funds.

Since November 2009, the twelve companies and five Fraunhofer institutes from the Berlin-Brandenburg region that form the Fraunhofer “Secure Identity” innovation cluster have been developing innovative technologies to secure the identity of individuals, products and intellectual property. The jointly developed applications range from the next generations of forge-proof ID documents to security for electronic business processes and innovative means of product and brand protection.

SecIntCard – Invisible, tamper-resistant 3D circuits
The aim of the project launched by the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM) and Bundesdruckerei is to examine additional security mechanisms and materials for electronic documents like the new German ID card. Based on the printing methods developed by Bundesdruckerei, additional security layers are to be integrated into the card core. This would mean that the electronic circuits and ultra-thin security chips (<50µm) integrated into the card could no longer be detected even using x-ray, ultrasound and light-microscopic methods. Dr Manfred Paeschke, head of Bundesdruckerei’s innovation department, believes that this project will once again enhance the security of today’s ID systems. “The sensitive data contained in German ID documents is already excellently protected. By attempting to combine new materials, security aspects and inlay technologies, we will boost this protection even further.” This joint project by Bundesdruckerei and IZM has been underway since 1 January 2010.

Visual-ID – Mobile verification of ID document authenticity
ID document forgery not only poses a considerable security risk, it also often means huge financial losses for the parties affected. This is why Bundesdruckerei now, in its second joint research project with Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK), wants to enable the use of tried-and-tested methods of forgery detection in mobile image processing systems. This project has been underway since 1 April 2011. One of its main goals is to develop new applications that permit reliable document verification and facial image comparisons – anytime, anywhere. According to Dr Manfred Paeschke, Bundesdruckerei will be able to contribute its extensive document and analysis expertise to this project. Fraunhofer IPK will focus its work especially on the development of new image processing algorithms and on image reconstruction.

Both of these research projects are backed by the Subsidy Programme for Research, Innovation and Technologies (ProFIT) by Investitionsbank Berlin and by funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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