Thousands of counterfeiting attacks against stamps, tax stamps, vouchers and similar documents result in considerable losses in tax revenues and business revenues. In some cases, health and lives are endangered. IQ Structures, a Czech research and production organisation, protects more than a billion such documents each year. Now it announced a new portfolio of visual protection tools based on its broad experience while applying a new generation of technologies.
Petr Franc, the Director of Security division in IQ Structures, says: “Protection of stamps needs different attitude than ID cards. Even a single successful imitation of ID card compromises entire project. The attackers use sophisticated laboratories, and governments spend significant budgets on protection.
In area of stamps, criminals focus on mass production of fakes. There is strong pressure on costs. Most users pay almost no attention to protection elements. We need to take into account all these facts.“
For effective anti-counterfeit protection of stamps, it is critical to find the right combination of visual effects and graphical design to ensure that:
- It is distinctive, and users can identify it easily
- Protection elements are integrated into overall design of the stamp
- Optimal space covered (visual effect versus costs)
IQ Structures operates an excellence centre, where technology experts and graphic designers work closely together. This centre has expanded recently. Its work benefits from specific visual effects developed by IQ Structures. These effects are based on unique in-house created mathematic algorithms, using a combination of e-beam, laser and nanoprinting. They enable the creation of illusion objects that cannot be developed any other technology.
Robert Dvorak, the Business Development Director of Security division in IQ Structures, says: “There is no the best solution for everything. We need to understand the lifecycle of the document. We need to know what kind of attacks can be expected, way of inspection and other aspects. The protection design must be based on experience and knowledge. It is the way we can ensure that investment into stamp protection does result in better protection of revenues and tax revenues.”