ASK’s Smart Paper ID for e-government applications, a Sesame nominee, will be shown during CARTES 2004 in Paris Nov. 2-4. Ideal for passports, the antenna is printed directly on the cover or on the internal data page, therefore creating a tamper-proof solid block which cannot be delaminated. A reel to reel process also enables the ID documents printing industries to use their existing equipment.
Nominated for Best IT Security Sesame award
Paris – ASK Electronic Paper based on a silver-printed antenna on a paper substrate is again the core process of its innovative Smart Paper Solution for passports, national ID cards, healthcare cards, civil servant cards, eGovernment services, visas and driver licenses. Bringing flexibility, reliability and durability, SPID is also environmentally friendly and answers requirements and specifications of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations standardization agency.
Durability, Flexibility and Limited Thickness
A contacless electronic travel document comprises the assembly of a chip and an antenna which communicate with the reader. Thanks to ASK innovative silver-printed antenna, a flexible silver ink and a patented chip and antenna connection the document can efficiently support torsion and bending. The reliability of this printing technology has been confirmed in mass transit where it is widely used in the form of contactless paper-based tickets with more than 35 million holders on the field worldwide.
Specific tests for thickness, security features, high temperature, reliability and life time, show that paper substrates far outperform plastic ones for all characteristics essential to the identity business.
“Our solution relies on a die chip of less than 11 mm2, with a thickness of some 150µm that is 2 sheets of 80g/mm2 paper. When looking at the end product, it is almost impossible to detect the presence of the chip. Therefore it does not increase the overall thickness of the document unlike other solutions based on thicker plastic inlays.” says Patrick Sure, Product Marketing Manager at ASK.
Security and continuity of existing printing processes
With ASK Smart Paper ID, the antenna is printed directly on the cover or on the internal data page therefore creating a tamper-proof solid block which cannot be delaminated. A reel to reel process also enables ID documents printing industries to use their existing equipment and keep being the contact person of governments who already trust their certified suppliers.
ASK contributed to interoperability tests organized by the US Department of Homeland Security and achieved outstanding results as regards contactless standards for its passport and reader, chip Operating System, and chip and antenna assembly in harsh operating conditions.
Founded in 1997, ASK is today the leading supplier of a comprehensive range of contactless cards, tickets, RFID tags and readers, complying with ISO and EPC standards. They address the mass transit, access control and e-government ID markets as well as the supply chain and logistics market. 50 million RFID cards, tickets and labels are already in use worldwide. Manufacturing is located in Sophia-Antipolis, France. Local offices are based in Paris, Singapore, Taiwan and Westport, USA.