Optaglio focus on protecting chips in e-passports and similar documents

By | November 1, 2017

LOCHOVICE (November 1, 2017) – Optaglio, the global leader in high-resolution security holograms, today announced a new solution focused on protecting chips in e-passports against removal and replacement. It is expected that high proportion of counterfeiting attacks will target chips with biometric data in foreseeable future.

 Personal and biometric data stored in a chip inside a document is a robust authentication tool. It supports all levels of machine reading up to automated e-gates. However, these chips are often targeted by counterfeiters, despite the fact that most document producers apply a kind of protection. “Our discussions with forensic laboratories experts confirm recent growth in attempts for chip replacement. Some five years ago, the attackers mostly tried to disable chips, but the e-gates force them to apply more sophisticated technologies,“ says Dr. Tomas Karensky, senior research manager in Optaglio.

The new Optaglio solution is based on covering a chip with a hologram consisting of thousands of tiny parts. Any attempt for manipulation results in irreversible disintegration of a hologram. “We spent a lot of time and energy on testing, trying all possible methods of chip replacement. Now we are pretty confident that our solution is strong and resistant,“ Karenský continues. “We had already had an excellent solution for polycarbonate, and now we can also cover PVC cards. Design of hologram is also critical. The attacker can replace it with another hologram with a similar look. The hologram must, therefore, include some striking and unusual visual effect that is not imitable. In this area, we are helped by the recent reaching 5 million DPI and development of new effects including 3D animation.“

The solution announced today is a product of Optaglio Labs, which gradually grows into a leading European research center of anti-counterfeiting technologies. This ambition is backed by massive investment into appliances and more than 20-year intensive research work. In 1994, Optaglio originated from Czech Academy of Science, and it still has original curiosity and experimental attitude. It has built an international scientific team step by step. In 2015, Optaglio´s research activities were consolidated and moved to Lochovice, Czech Republic.


Optaglio is a research organisation and the global leader in high resolution e-beam lithography security holograms.  During almost 25 years of our history, we have delivered billions of holograms to governments, financial institutions and other organizations in more than 50 countries around the world. Our unique technology has been broadly recognized as the industry standard for optical security.

In 2015, a large scientific centre and production facilities were opened in Lochovice, Czech Republic.

OPTAGLIO, certified to relevant international standards, operates under strict 24/7 security supervision. Our comprehensive security system covers people, processes, data and facilities. The company is a member of International Hologram Association (IHMA) through which it registers all its security devices and holograms in the central security register, in London.

More information is available on www.optaglio.com

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