NetCentric Technologies - DoubleTake

By: Kidsplay Canada  09-12-2011

Based on the patented DoubleTake method, the DoubleTake Personalization System (DPS) is a unique security feature that creates personalized identification graphics which are extremely resistant to scanning, copying and alteration. Using DPS, Identification Documents are personalized with secure graphic content through the use of primary color screens, which are built from recognizable characters as opposed to dots. The end result is a graphic of recognizable characters whose patterns can be unique to each individual document.

Almost all of the printed graphic images we see around us are created in the same way. An image's colours are simplified into those which can be displayed using just three primary colours: cyan, magenta, and yellow. Black is often added as a fourth primary colour. Grade school art class taught us that mixing primary colours makes a new colour. Just like combining red and yellow makes orange, the combination of the primary colours used in printing make a rainbow of colour possible. The mechanism for mixing these primary colours is the halftone dot screen. Each primary colour is screened using a grid of dots, where the size of each dot varies in comparison to the remaining white-space. Each primary colour is treated the same way, so that when they are overlaid, they combine to convey a broad range of colours. All printed graphics, from the ultra-high-end to the stuff you print on your ink-jet printer, are created using this dot-screen system, often called Process Colour

DoubleTake images are different. They do not use dots. Rather, DoubleTake screens are built from recognizable characters. They can convey any message desired, from a person's name to your grandmother's recipe for chocolate-chip cookies. The Figure illustrates the unique DoubleTake character based screens, which in this case spell the name Jane C. Dough. The DPS program can use any phrase or set of words or alpha-numeric characters to create these screens, on a customized, image-by-image basis. Each graphic image run through the DPS can be encoded with its own unique set of characters in which the images are inseparably formed.

Features and Benefits

  • Seamlessly integrates into any existing Document Issuance Process;
  • Adds minimal cost, time and infrastructure to any current process;
  • Works with most types of printers and document media;
  • Does not require the use of special inks or other costly consumables resulting in minimal production costs;
  • Integrates with most other forms of security features;
  • Can occupy any portion of the Identification Document including the facial image;
  • Inexpensive verification mechanisms as counterfeit attempts can be uncovered using the naked eye or a magnifying glass.

Possible Applications

The possible applications of DoubleTake include all types of printed documents . Some of the possible applications include:

  • Passports, ID cards, driver’s licenses;
  • Label and brand protection;
  • Checks;
  • Currency;
  • Lottery tickets;
  • Access cards;
  • Import/export permits; and
  • Anti-forgery applications.

Supported Platforms

Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000 or NT.


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