On 16-18 November 2020, annual international conference and exhibition “Identity Week” was held in London, UK. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic it was a virtual event, which covered various topics in the world of identity.
This three-day conference with more than 4000 online participants from all over the world included 150 presentations at 24 different sessions about the newest secure documents worldwide, modern technological security features, new trends in document design, cases in counterfeit and forgery, e-documents and secure payments, security of biometric data, etc.
On 17 November, representative of the Service of Technological Security of State Documents under the Ministry of Finance together with representatives of Forensic Laboratory of the National Security of the USA, Document Expertise Company TenDoc and Company IAI Industrial Systems in Netherlands participated in the session “ID documents without compromises”. The delivered presentation “Document design and production problems” was followed by a constructive discussion.
More than 100 international companies exhibited their achievements in security printing solutions, and shared their knowledge, technology and experiences.
On 9-11 March 2020, annual international conference on the issues of high security printing for Europe, Middle East and Africa (High Security Printing EMEA) was held for the 17th time in Lisbon, Portuguese Republic. Annually, the winners of the regional ID documents (passports, ID cards and banknotes) of the year awards are announced at a special ceremony during the conference.
Two awards in the best new Passport category in Europe, Middle East and Africa were presented to the new Lithuanian Passport and the new Maltese Passport. Service of Technological Security of State Documents under the Ministry of Finance (hereinafter – the Service) was awarded for the new Lithuanian Passport which was launched in May of 2019. The Service was evaluated for the perfect linkage of the Passport’s elegant design with the most advanced technological security features some of which were used for the first time. Transparent window with the laser engraved Passport holder’s image was introduced, as well as multi-colour image of Vilnius Cathedral, Bell Tower and Gediminas Castle fluorescing under UV light, and diffractive optically variable image device – kinegram with 3D effect, an image with changing colours when viewing at different angles, and metallized part of Columns of Gediminas. More
On 26 February 2020, Service of Technological Security of State Documents under the Ministry of Finance was visited by Sandor Kovtun, a representative of Mühlbauer company (Federal Republic of Germany), which is a major security printer in the world. Specialists of the Service were acquainted with the main activities of the company, their document personalisation equipment and most advanced technological security features.
On 25 February 2020, Service of Technological Security of State Documents under the Ministry of Finance was visited by representatives of international Thales Group (former Gemalto Company) Petri Lahonen, Matias Hytönen and Terhi Halminen. Specialists of the Service were acquainted with the newest security printing technologies, the most advanced technological security features and modern trends in document designing.
Thales is major producer of military equipment, and now – outstanding producer of secure documents in the world. This company is a provider of data pages for passports of the Republic of Lithuania.
26-28 November 2019, the international security printing conference and exhibition TRUSTECH was arranged in Cannes, France for the 34th time. This event was attended by about 8 thousand participants from more than 100 countries of the world. About 200 international companies presented their production and innovations in the fields of technological protection of secured and electronic documents, payments, biometric data security, personal identity security and documents personalization and printing equipment. Director Klemensas Rimšelis and deputy director Leonas Stankevičius of the Service of Technological Security of State Documents under the Ministry of Finance participated in this conference, and got acquainted with the most advanced technologies in the sphere of technological security of state documents.
On 23-25 October 2019, together with 800 participants from more than 60 countries, director Klemensas Rimšelis and deputy director Leonas Stankevičius from the Service of Technological Security of State Documents under the Ministry of Finance attended the most important international conference “Security printers (banknotes and identity)” held for the 30th time in Copenhagen (Kingdom of Denmark). This conference was organised by “Intergraf” – the trade association promoting and protecting the interests of the printing industry. The exhibition arranged at this conference presented the most advanced achievements in document security printing technologies.
On 13 August 2019, Service of Technological Security of State Documents under the Ministry of Finance was visited by representatives of Jura JSP GmbH Company. The software created by this company is used for designing of about 90% of all security documents and banknotes in the world. The guests Laszlo Kollar and Gellert Barat emphasized very successful cooperation with the Service, as since 2004, all the security documents in Lithuania are being design by the software of this company. During the meeting, the updates and new functions of “Corvina” document designing programme were presented, which will undoubtedly facilitate the work of document designers.
On 2-3 July 2019, the annual international conference on personal identity documents was organized in Prague, the Czech Republic by Thales Group – the major provider of services for the aerospace, defence, transportation and security markets in the world (former Gemalto Company up to April 2019). This company is a provider of biodata pages for passports of the Republic of Lithuania. This conference was attended by the director of the Service of Technological Security of State Documents under the Ministry of Finance Klemensas Rimšelis and deputy director Leonas Stankevičius. Representatives of the Service got acquainted with the main achievements in the sphere of technological document security, the newest security documents and their technological security features among different countries throughout the world.
On 27 June 2019, presentation on the new passport of the Republic of Lithuania was delivered to representatives of the European Union member states at the meeting of the Working Party on Frontiers/False Documents/Mixed Committee of the Council of the European Union in Brussels, Belgium. The new passports of the Republic of Lithuania have been issued to its citizens since 20 May 2019. The new design of this updated passport was presented focusing on the main differences from the previously issued documents. Newly integrated most advanced technological security features which were never used in Lithuanian personal identity documents, such as transparent window and multicolour image fluorescing under UV light were introduced.