ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3M Identity Management introduces its newest innovation in overt
security features for polycarbonate credentials—3M™ Laser
Engraved Floating Image. With this proprietary technology, document
issuers can incorporate strong and easily verifiable security features
that are individual to the document holder, such as a “ghost” portrait,
signature and birthdate.
Personalized Security Feature
Laser engraved floating images can be used to make multiple images
appear to “float” in the same space, by simply tilting the document to
change the viewing angle. For example, the floating image can transition
between personalized information such as the cardholder’s signature,
birthdate and a document number.
Distinct from Multiple Laser Image (MLI) and Changeable Laser Image
(CLI) technologies, 3M Laser Engraved Floating Images appear to float
above and sink below the plane of the document with dramatic and obvious
The technology capitalizes on 3M’s patented microreplication processes,
which embosses microlenses into the surface of polycarbonate cards
during manufacturing. Documents utilizing laser engraved floating images
can be verified at a glance with the naked eye, and are viewable from
any angle. The unique attributes of the technology help it defeat the
most common forms of tampering and counterfeiting. This sophisticated
and personalized approach means that any alteration of the
two-dimensional biographic information on the card will not be mirrored
in the corresponding floating image, and attempts to alter the floating
image will simply destroy it.
In addition, 3M vision science research indicates that this feature can
be accurately authenticated by a person, to the standard laser engraved
portrait of the document holder, making it extremely difficult to
produce counterfeit documents by modifying the portrait.
“The integration of an overt security feature with personalization
capabilities gives governments an outstanding tool for improving
document security,” said Tom Worm, portfolio manager for 3M Identity
Management. “3M Laser Engraved Floating Image makes it easy for border
agents or law enforcement officers to verify both the document and the
person presenting it – at a glance, with confidence.”
3M Laser Engraved Floating Image will be showcased at the CARTES Secure
Connexions Event 2013, November 19-21 in Paris, France. CARTES attendees
can see a demonstration of the technology at the 3M stand, 4 M 051.
For more information about 3M Laser Engraved Floating Image Technology,
About 3M Identity Management
3M and 3M Cogent deliver end-to-end, innovative security solutions to
businesses and governments worldwide—helping to ensure the security of
people and documents. With an unmatched mix of leading technologies in
biometrics and credentialing as well as expert systems integration and
support, 3M helps solve an array of security challenges, including
efficient border management, secure issuance and authentication of civil
IDs, and controlling access to facilities and information. 3M identity
management technologies are used in over 100 countries around the world.
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