The ‘On demand’ desktop solutions were first developed almost 30 years ago to address an increasing need for Government departments to issue their own documents and validate the issuing process with the security feature – an evolution of the rubber stamp or wax seal. On Demand application of holograms and other hot stamped security features are there to enhance pre-printed document security features and provide higher levels of control over the document creation and issuing processes.
The desktop hot stamping unit impresses the hologram or hot foil into the surface of the document and makes removal or change of the feature without detection very difficult – particularly useful for forensic document examination where such fraud attempts would be much easier to detect.
The desktop solution has security access control and audit trails can be manually or digitally created to record who issues which documents and when. This creates a deterrent for ‘internal’ fraud and allows document issuing responsibilities to be clearly defined.
There are strong arguments to adopt this approach where security is paramount:
- · Fully validated documents are not stored in bulk and open to theft or misuse
- · The security printer does not have to distribute fully validated stock or develop enhanced security in the distribution chain
- · The customer can control the number of valid documents and when they are issued
- · Documents without the security feature are invalid
- · The document creation process can be easily audited (with appropriate controls)
In many applications customers prefer to add some ‘local content’ to the security document – ensuring that labour is used locally and supports the local economy. ‘On demand’ security gives control over the document issuing process and supports ‘local content’ demands.