Pre-Conference Seminars

Presenter conference room

Monday 14 March 2022

Currency – morning

Reducing Environmental Impact

Sustainability has become a high profile topic for good reasons.  This seminar will look at what producers of cash and coins and what cash management stakeholders can do to reduce the environmental impact of their operations and the cash cycle.  The aim of these talks, given in a workshop format to allow discussion and exchanges of views and information, is to share best practice and to provide examples which others might want to consider doing.  They will include what has been done, and with what results, and how the organisations approached making these changes.

Given the role of central banks in shaping the environment and setting the agenda for the cash industry, there will also be a panel discussion with central banks about the priority they place on sustainability, their ambitions for it and the changes they would like to see.

Wherever you are on your journey to sustainability, this session aims to give food for thought about new opportunities to do things differently. 

Identity – morning

Digitizing Identity: Benefits and Risks Highlighted by the Current Regulatory Landscape

In this interactive workshop we will provide the context of international remote identity verification and will compare and contrast different global approaches and how they impact user experience, fraud detection and document design.

This session is designed to bring together specialists from different fields to brainstorm problems and present their proposed solutions. All of the attendees will focus on distinct problems and highlight their insights for the benefit of all the participants.

Security Printing – afternoon

Security Printing in the Digital Age

Digital printing technologies are finding an ever-increasing role in the production of secure documents, particularly in areas that require low setup costs and the individualisation of documents with unique or sequential features. One could even say that these technologies are changing the dynamics of security printing, given that many new security features are now being developed for application by digital printing.

There are downsides, however, including the limited range of inks available for digital compared to traditional printing as well as the wide accessibility of digital printing technologies – which naturally doesn’t lend itself well to security printing.

It is therefore important, when converting commercial digital printing into digital security printing, to develop dedicated security features that leverage the strengths of digital printing while restricting access to the technology and workflows used to produce those features.

This seminar will look at where digital security printing is currently at in terms of developments in digital security inks, feature design software, printing hardware, print resolution and real-life applications. It will also include a balanced discussion between experts on the two sides of digital security printing – i.e. the opportunities and threats.

All those registering for this seminar will receive a complimentary printed copy of Reconnaissance’s new publication Printing Beyond Colour: Commercial Innovations for Security Print, worth £200. This 60-page review offers informative technical analyses of latest generation inks and digital printing techniques and how these could be adapted and applied to the security world.

ITSA Workshop – afternoon

Best Practices for Tracking and Tracing Excise Products

Hosted by the International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA), this seminar will explore the growing widespread use of traceability systems on excise products and how their integration with secure and independent tax stamp programmes have led to increased tax revenues and the countering of illicit trade in various countries worldwide.

 In particular, the seminar aims to stimulate discussion and offer best-practice recommendations with regard to the impending WHO FCTC Protocol and its requirement for parties to implement global and secure track and trace systems on tobacco products by 2023. In the Latin American region alone, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama and Uruguay are all parties to the Protocol and are therefore obliged to implement such systems, so this discussion will be of particular interest to them.

 The seminar is open to revenue and customs authorities, concerned NGOs and academics, and suppliers in the security printing, authentication and secure track and trace field.