Gemalto breakthrough technology provides unprecedented quality for engraving laser colour photos

Ending the high-resolution secure documents’ eternal trade-off between black-and-white high-security laser and lower security colour pictures technologies.

May 13, 2014

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, launches Sealys Colour in Polycarbonate, a remarkable innovation that allows very high quality colour photographs to be permanently embedded into polycarbonate documents such as IDs, driving licenses and passports. Images up to 1200 dpi resolution have been made robustly tamper-proof through a laser-engraving process, which applies markings deep into the document data page. Polycarbonate documents are already recognised for their security and durability and now Sealys Colour in Polycarbonate adds another unique feature to Gemalto’s broad range of options to better meet the evolving demands of government authorities and national printers.

The use of high resolution colour portraits is well appreciated to facilitate more accurate on-the-spot identification at border checkpoints. Additional security features include deep-set embedding of microtext in the image to make alteration virtually impossible. In addition, the new technology enables personalisation to be performed independently of the document manufacturing process, so as to preserve complete flexibility at issuance.

Sealys Colour in Polycarbonate complements Gemalto’s wide ranging and innovative laser-personalisation portfolio. Unique in the market, Sealys Edge Sealer engraves the holder’s name or ID number along the document edge. Sealys Window is a transparent area inside the card which makes any attempt to tamper with the document immediately obvious.

“Gemalto’s highly sophisticated laser engraving technology is designed to counter forgery while remaining easy for officials to verify document authenticity, hence providing more convenience to legitimate holders,” commented Frédéric Trojani, Executive Vice President of Government Programs at Gemalto. “Building on Gemalto’s unparalleled expertise in secure documents – reflected in over 80 national programs – it is part of our commitment to continue to invest in pioneering solutions that help keep our customers one step ahead.”