Dr Mark Deakes considers current developments in security holography in the face of worries about fake identity documents
While the production of identification documents is a global business, estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year in revenues for designers, producers and manufacturers, the cost of fraudulent passports, driver’s licences and pass cards adds up to hundreds of billion dollars a year in lost revenues, untold damage to corporate reputations and funding initiatives to combat the counterfeiters.
Identity theft affected 17 million people and amounted to $15bn in 2014 in the US alone while . . .