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  • 23 Nov 2011

New banknote security hologram wins industry award

Hologram Industries’ Diffractive Identify Device (DID) Patch on Philippines’ banknotes has been awarded the ‘Best Applied Security Product’ at the International Hologram Manufacturers Association’s (IHMA) Excellence in Holography Awards 2011.

The application reflected the exceptional use of a hologram to authenticate a document or product and is the first time a DID patch has been used on banknotes.

The DID shows a clear color switch as it is rotated through 90 degrees. It is suitable for security documents – including banknotes which require public examination – because it is complex to produce but easy to authenticate. The patch also incorporates a polarizing component as a second-level security feature as well as a forensic analysis feature.

InkSure, USA, and Demax, Bulgaria, were both commended in the same category for their car document authentication for the Bulgarian Road Infrastructure Agency. The Kavach Division of PRS Permacel, India was also commended for its West Bengal State Electricity Board meter seal.

The awards were presented at Holopack•Holo-print, The Holography Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada in November. Presenting the awards, IHMA chairman, Adam Scheer, said on behalf of the board: ‘The awards celebrate the very best in holographic achievement and the many remarkable innovations the industry introduces each year.

‘The winners’ work reflects the creativity, design excellence and quality which were the hallmarks of this year’s crop of entries, reflecting how holography continues to push forward the holographic boundaries technically and commercially.’

The full list of this year’s awards and commendations for outstanding projects is available at

Pictured: Hologram Industries’ Diffractive Identify Device Patch on Philippines’ banknote

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