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Design and its effect on the quality of documents and security features
Author(s): Steven G. Tuinstra
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Paper Abstract

What determines the quality of security documents and security features? In the case of security features depending on human inspection this quality is not defined by their technical properties only. A security feature has to play its part within a complex communication process. In this communication process, the issuer of the document is the source of a variety of messages, like personalisation data, messages with a marketing purpose, or the genuineness of first line security features. The document is a single communication channel with a limited bandwidth. 'Observation of the document' is the bottleneck here. The inspector of the document is the receiver and evaluator of all messages of which the apparent genuineness of the document is but one. Here security features have to compete for attention with other visual elements, with their own importance to both issuer and inspector. Security documents are subject to the same laws dealing with visual priority, recognition, and eligibility as any other printed item. How well a security feature performs in the symbiosis of messages passing through the communication channel 'document' should be defined as an aspect of their quality, and subsequently this should be taken into consideration in the development of new security features.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3314, Optical Security and Counterfeit Deterrence Techniques II, (1 April 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.304709
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Steven G. Tuinstra, AestronSecurity (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3314:
Optical Security and Counterfeit Deterrence Techniques II
Rudolf L. van Renesse, Editor(s)

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