Costa Rica Sees Highest HSP Latin America Attendance
This was our biggest Latin America conference so far, with the four seminars, plenary sessions and exhibition hall busy throughout the whole event.
The first day we extended the usual two seminars with four pre-conference seminars. The first one, hosted by the International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA), addressed the latest regulatory developments around excise tax stamp and secure track and trace systems. The second seminar covered Big Data and data analytics. Building on the success of similar seminars at both HSP Asia and HSP EMEA in the last 12 months, it provided the opportunity for the Latin American market to share the learning of better management of currency, forecasting of demand and other future requirements.
The conference itself was formally opened by Eduardo Prado, General Manager of Banco Central de Costa Rica (BCCR), followed by Marvin Alvarado Quesada, also of the central bank, who reviewed its development since 2004, ending with today’s priorities. During this period the BCCR has re-thought its role and moved from being operationally involved in the cash cycle to a much more strategic role, setting the regulatory and logistical conditions to allow the commercial sector to manage the distribution of cash. For 2019 the BCCR has decided to move to an entirely polymer-based banknote family and this significant project is underway.
Presentations then followed covering other regional and ID developments with presentations from the Casa de Moneda de Chile, Banco Central de El Salvador, Banco de México, Banco Central del Uruguay and Direccion General de Migracion of Bolivia.
The programme then divided into two tracks covering currency and ID/secure documents respectively – with a packed agenda comprising over 50 speakers. Although, on the currency side, the conference presentations covered the full range of policy and operational responsibilities of a central bank, there were three main subject areas addressed at the conference – the use of optically variable features on banknotes, achieving longer note life through adopting more durable banknotes and a wide range of manufacturing activities.
On the ID side the focus was on travel and identity documents in the region, recent developments, document design, security and personalisation, electronic documents and government services, as well as document fraud and authentication.
A specialised exhibition of over 40 companies was held alongside the conference sessions, providing delegates with an opportunity to see the latest industry products and solutions.
There were two other highlights of the event which included the conference dinner at Camp Lago in a beautiful setting. The wonderful venue with outstanding gardens and a small lake made this a very special venue. The evening also played host to the prestigious Regional Banknote and Regional ID Document of the Year awards. A new generation of Latin American banknotes were recognised for their outstanding technical advancement and design and security excellence at an international conference.
Bolivia saw its new Bolivianos notes scoop the Best New Series Award with the judging panel recognising the five-denomination series as a perfect blend between design and the latest state-of-the-art security features, reflecting the personality of the country through the imagery and the features.
The Mexican 500 Peso received the Best Banknote Award and is the first denomination in a new family of banknotes that have improved security features and designs representing Mexico’s historical and natural heritage.
Uruguay’s commitment to improving the quality of its currency was also recognised with its banknote celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Banco Central del Uruguay (in 1967), winning the Best Commemorative Banknote Award.
The ID document awards, of which there are two – best new ePassport and best ePassport upgrade – recognised outstanding achievement and technical sophistication of a document and promoting the best in system infrastructure and implementation of a government passport or national identity card scheme.
The first award went to the Dirección General de Migración of the Plurinacional State of Bolivia for the new Bolivian ePassport and the second award went to the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores of Colombia for the upgraded ePassport launched in July 2018.
The full press releases for these awards can be found here:
On the final evening the customary HSP football match allowed delegates to play at the prestigious National Training Ground for Costa Rica. With excellent numbers of delegates participating, and possibly the first football match with no injuries (except for a few red knees), this was as competitive as expected. The performance given by all was excellent, although the humidity may have got to some of them sooner than expected on full size 11 a side pitch! A special well done to Pascal Rebeaud of Hunkeler for his man of the match performance and energetic runs down the right wing!
The event has been praised as a great success, with positive feedback from those attending, who particularly highlighted the level of those attending, the great networking and social opportunities and the quality of the presentations. San Jose has hosted the largest HSP Latin America event Reconnaissance has held, and we very much look forward to welcoming everyone to Mexico City in September 2020 with a visit to Guadalajara to the Banco de México’s new printworks.
We look forward to you joining us there.
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7 Layer Solutions Limited
Administración Tributaria de Guatemala
Andrews & Wykeham Ltd
Antigua & Barbuda Transport Board
Antigua and Barbuda
Artes Graphicas Zamphiropolos
Bank of Guatemala
Bank of Mexico
British Embassy – Costa Rica
BW Papersystems Stuttgart GmbH
Canada Border Services Agency – Embassy of Canada
Canadian Bank Note Company Ltd
Casa de Moneda de Chile S.A.
Cash Processing Solutions (CPS)
CCL Secure Pty Ltd
CCL Secure SA de CV
Central Bank of Argentina
Central Bank of Bolivia
Central Bank of Chile
Central Bank of Colombia
Central Bank of Costa Rica
Central Bank of Nicaragua
Central Bank of Paraguay
Central Bank of Uruguay
Central Reserve Bank of El Salvador
Crane Currency SA
Crane Payment Innovations
Cruz Diaz E Hijos CIA LTDA
De La Rue
DEMAX Holograms Plc
Department for Immigration – Costa Rica
Dirección General De Migración – Bolivia
Drewsen Spezialpapiere GmbH & Co. KG
FNMT (Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre – Real Casa de la Moneda)
Formas Inteligentes S.A. De C.V.
Gemalto do Brasil Cartoes e Terminais Ltda
GET Group Holdings Ltd
GET Group Latin America SAS
Giesecke+Devrient Currency Technology GmbH
Gleitsmann Security Inks GmbH
Grafica Latina srl
HID Global Corporation
Hueck Folien GmbH
Huizhou Foryou Optical Technology Co Ltd (FYOTEC)
Hunkeler Systeme AG
Imprimerie Nationale SA
Infineon Technologies AG
Infineon Technologies Americas Corp
International Chamber of Commerce – Costa Rica Chapter
Joint Stock Company Goznak
JSC RPC Krypten
Jura JSP GmbH
Komori Corporation (Japan)
Leonhard Kurz Ltd (UK)
Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co KG
Luminescence International Ltd
Luminescence Sun Chemical Security
Massalin Particulares S.R.L
Ministry of Finance – Costa Rica
Ministry of Finance – Paraguay
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Ministry of Health – Costa Rica
Mint of Finland Ltd
Monea Coin Technology s.r.o.
Monnaie de Paris
Mühlbauer GmbH & Co. KG
National Department of Immigration Argentina
Note Printing Australia
Oberthur Cash Protection
Oberthur Fiduciaire SAS
Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs – Latvia
Orell Füssli Security Printing Limited
OVD Kinegram AG
Overbridge Global Solutions
Papeteries De Vizille
Papierfabrik Louisenthal GmbH
PARVIS Systems and Services s.p.a.
PNO Global Banknotes BV
Poder Judicial – Cost Rica
Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW)
PPG Industries – Latin America
Precision Converting Technologies
Rade?e Papir Nova d.o.o.
Ramón Chozas S.A.
Red Nacional Antitabaco RENATA
Regula Baltija Ltd
Rolland Enterprises Inc
Royal Canadian Mint
Royal Dutch Kusters Engineering
SABIC Innovative Plastics
Secura Monde International Ltd
Security Fibres UK Limited
SEILER Systems Technology GmbH
Servitex Villena S.R.L
SICPA Brasil Industria de Tintas e Sistemas Ltda
SICPA Government Security Solutions Latam SpA
SICPA Mexicana S.A. DE C.V.
SPG Prints BV
SPGPrints Brasil Ltda.
SPM – Security Paper Mill a.s.
The Directorate General of Internal Taxes – Dominican Republic
Thomas Greg & Sons de Colombia SA
Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones
Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology Inc.
US Department of Homeland Security
UTAL sp. Zo.o.
Water Treatment GmbH
Monday 3 June
Currency Workshop 1 & 2
09:00 – 12:30
Data Analytics – How to Harness Big Data for Better Banknotes
14:00 – 17:30
Security Threads & Diffractive Foil Features for Banknotes
Tax Stamp & Identity Workshops
09:00 – 12:30
Tax Stamp and Traceability Seminar
14:00 – 17:30
Identity – The Digital Revolution in Fraud
Tuesday 4 June
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Session One: Currency and Identity Landscape
Eduardo Prado, General Manager
Central Bank of Costa Rica
The Treasury of the BCCR, Fifteen Years of Transformation
Marvin Alvarado Quesada
Central Bank of Costa Rica
Digitization for Citizenship, must Compromise a Revolution in Security
Casa de Moneda de Chile
Currency – Currency Developments
ID – Developments in Travel and Identity Documents
Decision making. From Perception to Facts
CCL Secure (Mexico)
Currency – Substrates and Features
Identity – Design, Security and Personalisation
AgilLite®: A Versatile OVD Security Feature for Application on High Security Documents
Dr. Frank Seils
Advanced Integrated Substrate: the New Generation of Hybrid ADDvance™
Trends in High Security Features from the Expert in Security Threads and Foils
HUECK FOLIEN GmbH (Germany)
Design Challenges while Integrating KINEGRAM® Security Features
OVD Kinegram (Switzerland)
Wednesday 5 June
Currency – Design and Production
Authentication, Border Controls and Document Fraud
Designing for All Users
Crane Currency (Sweden)
Introduction to K-Station
Recent Experiences with Innovative Banknote Solutions
Canadian Banknote Company (Canada)
Forgotten Questions ? Oberthur Fiduciaire, a leading corporate citizen
Oberthur Fiduciaire (France)
Advanced Identification Technologies are Transforming the Border Experience
HID Global (Mexico)
The Impact of Scanning Documents: Main Changes in the Forensic Analysis
National Department of Immigration Argentina
Current Fraud Trends at the U.S. Southwest Border
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USA)
Fighting Back – Identity Document Fraud in Focus
Document Fraud: Bridging the Gap Between Humans and Machines
Currency – Cash Management and Logistics
Identity – eDocuments and Government eServices
Latest Trends & Regulations to Prevent Physical Attacks on Cash Logistics
Oberthur Cash Protection (France)
Counterfeits, the unknown secrets of counterfeits revealed by Snowfish
PNO Global (Netherland)
E-Documents, a link in the chain of identity security
SERTRACEN (El Salvador)
Evolution of the identity card of Ecuador: Challenges and Applications
Currency – Production and Destruction
Identity – Security and Traceability
Destruction of Banknotes Fulfil the Highest Security Standards
Hunkeler Systeme (Switzerland)
Green Banknote – Close Cash Cycle
Cruz Diaz e Hijos (Colombia)
Project on Fiscal Control and Traceability System for Alcoholic Beverages and Cigarettes in the Dominican Republic: Success factors
Direction of Internal Taxes (Dominican Republic)
Traceability Advances in the Region, with References from Chile and Ecuador
Machine-Assisted Authentication of Documents and Products
Session Seven: Technology and Innovation
Visual Spectral Analysis for Quality Control in High Security Printing Processes
Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology Inc. (Canada)
Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors and Exhibitors
Many thanks to the following sponsors and exhibitors for taking part in our wonderful exhibition running alongside the conference:
Platinum – Formas Inteligentes
Gold – Canadian Bank Note Company, CCL Secure, Crane Currency, Giesecke+Devrient, Hueck Folien, KBA-NotaSys, Kusters Engineering / SPG Prints, Landqart, Louisenthal, Oberthur Fiduciaire, Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW), Veridos
Silver – FNMT, GET Group, Goznak, Jarden Zinc Products, KRYPTEN, Seprinto, SICPA
Exhibitors – Cruz Diaz E Hijos, Demax Holograms, Gietz, Hunkeler Systeme AG, Infineon, IN Groupe, Jura / PARVIS, Luminescence Sun Chemical Security, Masktech, Mühlbauer, Mint of Finland, OVD Kinegram / KURZ, Papeteries De Vizille, PNO Global, Regula, SABIC / Polymershapes, Security Fibres UK, SEILER Systems Technology, Spinnaker, SPM – Security Paper Mill, SURYS, Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology, UTAL License Plate Solutions, WTG Water Treatment GmbH, ZEISER