Kinegram provides machine authentication technology for Acuant document checks

Acuant has tapped OVD Kinegram to provide automated authentication of optical security devices in identity documents under a new partnership.

Kinegram Optical Machine Authentication (OMA) will be incorporated into Acuant’s family of Assure ID document authentication services, under the deal. Sophisticated optical security devices such as the KINEGRAM are integrated into government documents to protect them from data manipulation or counterfeiting, and are traditionally designed for human inspection, according to the announcement. New technologies enable the inclusion of copy-resistant features such as specialized metallization patterns in combination with visible and UV print, which can be machine-authenticated with existing desktop travel document readers.

OMA is now integrated as a library in Acuant’s software, significantly improving the security of optical authentication processes.

“With the addition of OMA to our AssureID technology, our customers can authenticate the latest generation of travel documents containing a KINEGRAM that has been designed to be machine authenticated,” says Acuant Executive Vice President for Business Development & Strategy Steven Maloney. “This partnership is a perfect example of how we continue to build advanced capabilities into our identity services platform.”

OVD Kinegram Head of New Business John Peter says the company is in the process of rolling out next generation designs for machine authentication, with the first new features already on the market.

Acuant CEO and President Yossi Zekri recently spoke about the challenges of establishing identity in the digital economy at Identity Week 2019, as the company demonstrated its biometric Acuant Face and other products.

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