Covestro wants to make the world a brighter place. Identification will be a major driver of this initiative to enable secure citizen authentication in a complex, ever changing world where various instances can put at risk citizen ID documents via alteration, counterfeiting and data tampering. Covestro specialty films are used as a foundation for secure identification card, passport data page and inlay constructions around the world.
To satisfy the demand for smarter, more durable identity documents we provide films for the integrated passport concept. Our advanced materials offer:
- improve security document manufacturing processes
- enable the use of the latest anti-counterfeit applications
Covestro Makrofol® ID polycarbonate films help create robust data page constructions which can withstand a broad temperature range and accommodate industrial pre-printed features with optimized laser engraving.
- Makrofol® ID high opaque thin white films allow more security features to be incorporated in the overall PC data page construction (i.e. clear window application, etc)
- Makrofol® ID superlaser polycarbonate films provide better protection against forgery and counterfeiting with faster laser personalization and enhanced contrast resolution
Platilon® ID TPU hinge solution ensures data pages cannot delaminate without destruction of the passport. This makes the passport far more secure and durable.
Makrofol® ID films are the foundation for ultra-secure passport polycarbonate data page construction which can be combined with our multi-layer blown TPU film Platilon® ID for e-passport hinges. The hinge of the data page consists of a multi-layer film composite made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU).
- The flexibility of Platilon® ID enables unlimited bending, opening and closing without the appearance of cracks or breaks.
- Melt behavior and flexibility of Platilon® ID protect the integrated chip and antenna.
Passport booklets need to withstand the test of time during the document validity period especially for frequent travelers. Concepts optimizing wear and tear resistance can help to improve the durability of the passports.This starts at the booklet cover to protect the main data page and secondary pages within including the chips incorporated in the booklet cover.
Polycarbonate card bodies offer the highest level of security as they are made up of multiple layers of plastic and inseparably fused together using high-temperature and pressure creating a “monolithic block”. This makes it impossible for fraudsters to tamper with the card without damage and leaving tamper evidence. Cards made with Makrofol® ID offer unsurpassed protection against copying and forgery.
With the growing trend in adoption of smartcard chip in national ID cards, polycarbonate substrate is an ideal choice to protect the citizens’ physical personalized data and the digital data incorporated within the smartcard chip (ie. biometrics data, encrypted keys and avenues to communicate with governmental systems electronically).
National ID cards leveraging Makrofol® ID films can enable enhanced security and last minimum of 10 years which is becoming the standard in the industry for core government identification programs.
Polycarbonate driver licenses offer many advantages from providing a more secure form of identification document to increasing the durability of the driver’s license itself. This can also help minimize having to re-issue additional cards during the program validity period due to durability of the cards which in turn can provide a better user experience for the citizens.
Border crossing cards are best positioned for frequent travelers entering and exiting foreign countries across land and sea borders which require durable identification cards.
More and more identification programs are taking advantage of polycarbonate cards which can enable latest security features during the card construction stage and also through the laser engraving process.
The laser engraving on polycarbonate substrate can use variable personalized data combined with differentiated security features which are unique for each citizen and traveler.
More and more identification cards and passport data pages are incorporated with electronic chips today. Governments need to protect their investment beyond the physical document including the electronic chip and the digital contents within such as biometrics data, encrypted keys and applets to interface with government systems (border control, e-government, etc).
Inlays made with Makrofol® ID polycarbonate films can help to protect the chip and the antenna within. Inlays are an integral component of citizen smartcards which can access electronic services such as automated border control, e-government and other government & identification services.