Developed by Giesecke and Devrient, Digital Identification Solutions successfully integrated LPI into plastic card identification with the LCP9000 colour laser personalisation unit.
In today’s market, colour photographs and designs are expected to be featured in identification documents. Usually these colour portraits and designs are applied using dye sublimation and thermal printing. While Retransfer printing offers some protection, and the additional of further patches can help reduce the risk of manipulation and forgery, it is not tamper-proof. This is because the image adheres only to the substrate surface.This thin layer can be removed, either deliberately or through wear and tear.
How does it work?
The ID card holder’s picture is first separated into colour and light/dark components through the software. The light/dark components are securely lasered onto the card body and the colour components are applied using thermal Retransfer printing. Additional protection is then added to further protect the colour elements.
The image components all overlap in an exact register producing a rich, nuanced colour picture.If the colour component is removed, the light/dark component will remain permanently integrated in the card body. The card can still identify the original card holder.
Which markets should implement LPI?
This security feature is ideal for all government issues identity documents and cards.The LCP9000 is the ideal unit for implementing LPI with this integration as it is the only desktop colour laser personalisation unit available!
This is part of a 3 part series
Read Part 1 – Overview
Read Part 2 – the Debut of LPI by Digital Identification Solution
Read Part 3 – Results of Partner’s Meeting