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Rare Earths and Their Use in High Security Printing: Security Pigments Out of Rare Earths and the Anti-Stokes Luminescence With Rare Earths in High-Security Printing at OeSD

NCJ Number
.Siak - International Edition: Journal for Police Science and Practice Volume: 3 Dated: 2013 Pages: 74-83
Anna Maria Findeisen; Stephan Aigner
Date Published
10 pages
Security and identity are catchwords associated with the printing company, Osterreichische Staatsdruckerei (OeSD), for more than 200 years. Since as far back as the days of the Austrian Dual Monarchy, products of the security printing field of the printing industry have been an important ingredient for the functioning of Austrian society.
Osterreichische Staatsdruckerei products - such as passports, visas, residence permits, driving licenses, ownership titles, paper money, and postage stamps - often also serve as proof of the identity of the current owner as well as having a material value. For this reason, it is necessary to protect such products in particular against forgers. With built-in security features, however, the longer they are in use, the greater the likelihood of forgery and criminal abuse. In order to minimize this effect and thus also the risk of falsifcations, it is essential that the high-security printing industry maintain the security features used at the cutting edge of technology through continuous research, improvements, and further development, and that the latest innovations be incorporated into the various products. This is why in 2010, OeSD established a new Research and Quality Centre that enables state-of-the-art production and guarantees the high quality of the secured products and will rise to the challenge posed by the innovation pressure facing security printing companies. (Published Abstract)