GET Group and GSSC claim ‘first’


GET Group (GET) and Graphic Security Systems Corporation (GSSC) have announced the GET/Toppan eP600 ePassport System (eP600) is the first passport printer capable of personalising secure travel documents using GSSC’s Variable Stealth SI security feature.

According to the companies, this is made possible due to the eP600’s printing features such as 600 dpi, solid pigment ink printing and ‘dot on dot’ printing method. The eP600 also offers automatic book feeding, on-line ePassport chip encoding, and integrated security film lamination all in a one-step process taking less than 40 seconds per passport.

The companies say: "Variable Stealth SI is a covert image added to the colour photo. The image is generated using patented software developed by GSSC that encodes the personal data from the biographical data into the photo. This data can be revealed only by using a combination of the Infrared (IR) scan of the data page and GSSC’s decoding software."

They add no other passport printer on the market delivers this security feature.

Michael Ronayne, manager of Research & Development and Solutions Architecture of GET Group’s Passport and ID Division, says: “The key to a secure passport personalisation is the combination of overt, covert, and forensic security features. The blending of Variable Stealth SI with the eP600’s unique features allows a government to address and link all levels of security features in one system.”

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