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GET Group and GSSC launch the first passport printer to personalise secure travel documents

GET Group (GET) and Graphic Security Systems Corporation (GSSC) are pleased to announce that 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.

This is made possible due to the eP600’s unique 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.

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.

Currently no other passport printer on the market delivers this unique security feature. The blending of GET’s advanced printing capabilities and GSSC’s technology creates a very strong forensic feature, extremely resistant to scanning and counterfeiting.

Michael Ronayne, Manager of Research & Development and Solutions Architecture of GET Group's Passport and ID Division, said, “The key to a secure passport personalization 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.”

GSSC has provided its steganographic technology to government agencies, security printing firms and major corporations for over thirty years. GSSC owns 34 U.S. patents and many additional patents worldwide in the steganographic area. These patents cover embedding, scrambling, hiding, encoding and decoding methods and software, as well as optical and digital authentication devices. The company is headquartered in Lake Worth, Florida, USA.

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