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The RCA Holocard ID System
Author(s): David L. Greenaway
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Paper Abstract

There exists today a widespread demand for secure means of personal identification. Examples of this are to be found in the operation of the current wide range of credit card and bank identification systems, the increased use of the newly introduced money-vending machines, the need for personal identification for recorded entry into restricted locations, the authorization of computer or computer programme use to approved operators, and in the need for simpler forms of passport, visa, and international border control. The logical manner of realizing a secure and reliable general purpose identification system is the provision of a machine readable card carrying information about the holder. This machine readability is essential both from the point of view of use in unattended locations, and from the point of view of accurate capture of card data. A personal photograph, signature, and a secret number held by the card owner, all represent identification features which find application either alone or in combination. The latter is particularly relevant when the point of card-use is unattended.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 1973
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0033, Solving Problems in Security, Surveillance and Law Enforcement with Optical Instrumentation, (20 February 1973); doi: 10.1117/12.953628
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David L. Greenaway, Laboratories RCA Ltd. (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0033:
Solving Problems in Security, Surveillance and Law Enforcement with Optical Instrumentation
Lucien Biberman; Frederick A. Rosell, Editor(s)

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