Agfa and LCsys partner to launch security ID cards solution

agfalcsys2-inAgfa Specialty Products (Mortsel, Belgium) and LCsys Systèmes Industriels (Longjumeau, France) have announced the launch of Absolut-ID, their solution for the integrated production of high-security ID cards, resulting from a collaboration that includes the solution’s development and sales. Agfa will supply the technology and consumables for the printing of personalization data, while LCsys will provide process engineering and equipment manufacturing. Agfa’s print technology allows positioning the personalization image and data on Absolut-ID cards underneath the traditional guilloche printing, instead of on top. This facilitates the visual detection of tampering and increases reliability – because the smallest flaw or interruption of a single guilloche line will instantly reveal fraud. Additionally, since the personalization data of each individual card is generated in a halftone resolution without pixels or screen dots, the new cards are considered virtually impossible to counterfeit or even to manipulate.

The production of Absolut-ID cards, using consumables on roll, is a web-based process that integrates all the customary stages of card production – namely printing of the personalization image and data, lamination, die cutting and chipping. This continuous process offers tremendous time and cost efficiency, as well as security benefits, compared to the conventional approach of sequential and often geographically distributed steps.

Marc Van Damme.
Marc Van Damme.

And because the process starts with the personalization stage, the Absolut-ID concept eliminates the cost of labour-intensive card preparations before a single card can be issued. It also avoids the storage of semi-finished cards that have high value only in terms of immobilized cash – and represents a high risk of security breach in case of theft. This risk can only be countered by increasing the cost even more with security infrastructure investments or surveillance, said the companies.

“In today’s globalized world, more than ever, reliable ID security is of great importance to society and to all of us individually,” said Marc Van Damme, VP Marketing and Sales Agfa Specialty Products. “Agfa is pleased to contribute to more reliable and affordable security with state-of-the-art technology that builds on our long-standing expertise in imaging and shows at its best when quality is at stake to make a real difference.”

Sabine Larue.
Sabine Larue.

“LCsys is pleased to work with Agfa on what may become a new paradigm in ID card production. Thanks to our vast experience and know-how in the engineering and constructing of equipment, Absolut-ID can take ID card production to new levels of convenience, cost and reliability,” said Sabine Larue, Director Marketing and Sales at LCsys.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.