Digital Document Security


30-31 March 2021


This conference filled the gap between physical and digital security. The agenda was more than excellent.

ANY Security Printing

Digital Document Security


30-31 March 2021


Very well organised/managed conference. The level of expertise in the group of presenters and audience is of high standard. I greatly benefited from my attendance. Very friendly and supportive staff.

Lebanese American University

Digital Document Security


30-31 March 2021


A very good start with some technical and policies perspective are discussed in the conference. An eye opener and a must for any security printing industry players to welcome the future of the industry.

M.J.M. International

Digital Document Security


30-31 March 2021


It is a great event, absolutely necessary, came at the right time. A good mixture of technical and general topics.


Digital Document Security


30-31 March 2021


DDS was very good because the conference showed clearly that digital technologies are the game changers in the community. Therefore, DDS is necessary and it will grow.

inIT-Institute Industrial IT


About Digital Document Security

Discover the interaction between the digital and physical worlds for the best in document security, while also looking to the application of next-generation technologies in this important field.

The Digital Document Security Conference (DDS) is a response to the introduction of digital systems in to the secured document field – from the use of smartphones to authenticate physical documents or act as carriers for ID documents, to the deployment of artificial intelligence, big data, and blockchain for security document applications. DDS will also explore the harnessing of next-generation technology to develop new security features and processes that combine the best of physical and digital.

DDS connects the communities at the interface between these physical and digital domains of document security to create a forum to meet, share ideas and establish mutual understanding for innovation in this important field.

People involved in the digital transaction, identity and authentication communities and specifiers, designers, producers and issuers of secure documents will find DDS a valuable forum to learn, network and explore possibilities.

DDS will also help the established secure document community come understand the disruptive potential of the digital world 

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Topics Covered Typically Include:

DDS is a response to the introduction of digital systems in to the secured document field. Digital devices are being used as the means for financial transactions, as a carrier for personal identification information and as a method of examining physical documents. The topics typically covered at the event are as follows:

  • The implications of digital applications for security documents
  • The role and limitations of smartphones
  • The use of smartphones for ID
  • The use of smartphones for financial transactions
  • Serialisation, coding and unique identifiers
  • Network and digital systems security and vulnerabilities
  • The impact and application of blockchain or other distributed ledger systems for document security
  • Cryptocurrencies – threat, solution or neither?
  • Machine reading and artificial intelligence
  • The use of digital printing – security threat or opportunity
  • Implications of 3D printing as a means of forgery
  • Combining print and digital

Who Should Attend?

The conference attracts specifiers, designers and producers including:

  • Government issuers of banknotes, ID documents and other secured documents
  • Commercial and private sector issuers of secured documents
  • Producers and suppliers of security-printed documents and components
  • Forensic document analysts and examiners of travel documents and banknotes
  • Optical scientists, holographers and others interested in the manipulation of light for document security
  • Product security developers in search of new techniques for product protection

Digital Document Security Online (DDSO)

The next Digital Document Security conference will go ahead with a great set of presentations on 30-31 March 2021, having been postponed from October 2020. Fittingly, for a conference covering digital systems, it will now itself be a digital event, held virtually to avoid the need for travel and meeting in close personal proximity.

The DDS committee is now drawing up the conference programme from a great set of submitted papers, covering the spectrum from digital ID case studies to security solutions and the integration of physical and digital domains. The full programme will be announced later this month.

The DDS Conference online will feature some 18 papers over two days, between 13:00 and 17:00 UTC each day, so that whichever time zone you are in you will be able to join this watershed event.

White paper – Vaccination Certificates and Immunity Passports.

A new White Paper will be launched to coincide with Digital Document Security Online, on the highly topical area of Vaccination Certificates and Immunity Passports. 

The ID and secure document industry is seeing unprecedented changes as it adapts to the shifting business environment and its response to the COVID pandemic. The raised awareness amongst governments and enterprises of the importance of ID and secure document management in the face of initiatives to link health status to identity increases the urgency for an investigation of the opportunities, and barriers, that will exist as vaccine certification and immunity passport programmes are rolled out.

This White Paper will examine a range of topics around vaccination certificates and immunity passports.

Find out more about sponsorship of the white paper and how to contribute here.


Schedule is BST time (UTC+1)
Hover on the presentation title or speaker to see if more information is available.

Tuesday 30 March 2021

11:00 – Conference Welcome

Session 1 – The Transition


Keynote: The Digital Document Landscape

Ian Lancaster

Reconnaissance (UK)

Francis Tuffy

Reconnaissance (UK)


Self-Sovereign Identity – Initial Trust for Digital Documents

Paul Bastian

Bundesdruckerei (Germany)


Keep the world moving with eGovernment Solutions

Adriana Ezpeleta

Veridos (Germany)

Franziska Muschik

Veridos (Germany)


Digital Currency: from physical to digital cash

John Winchcombe

Reconnaissance (UK)

12:20 Session Q&A
12:45 Break

Session 2 – Regulation, Standardisation and Cooperation


Standards: Overview of Role and Function

Alan Hodgson

Alan Hodgson Consulting (UK)


How ISO 18013/5 will ensure a smooth ride for everyone

Franz Brudl

Österreichische Staatsdruckerei (Austria)


Usage of digital documents with unmanned relying party systems

Thomas Schalldach

Thales (France)


Independent and Lifelong Verification of Paper and Digital Value Documents : A role for security printers in the digital age

Jean-Philippe Egger

SICPA (Switzerland)

14:00 Session Q&A
14:25 Break
14:40 Panel Discussion: Vaccination certificates and immunity passports: ensuring their security

What is the path that will transform the millions of test and immunity records that are being issued at a national level into a globally recognised immunity passport? How will we be sure that they are accurate and secure?

An international group of experts will offer practical insights into the opportunities and pitfalls that lie ahead during the roll out of health status documentation.

Ian Lancaster
– Reconnaissance International – Chair
Tony Poole – AJW / Secure Doc Alliance
Marco Aloe – SICPA
Francis Tuffy – Reconnaissance International
David Rutnam – IATA
Husayn Kassai – Onfido


15:30 End of  Day 1

Wednesday 31 March 2021

11:00 – Conference Welcome Day 2

Session 3 – The Physical-Digital Interface


How to link digital and physical worlds using faces

Nuno Gonçalves

INCM - Portuguese Mint and Official Printing Office (Portugal)


Printed Smart Key – a new multi-factor approach for self-authentication on smartphones

Jan Thiele

Prismade Labs GmbH (Germany)


Secured smartphone readable features

Marc Schnieper

CSEM (Switzerland)


Digital Print Tag – Authentication Method based on Spectral Representations of Commercially Available Printing Techniques

Anton Pfeifer

inIT - Institute Industrial IT, Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe (Germany)

12:05 Session Q&A
12:30 Break

Session 4 – Implementation – putting Theory into Practice


Mobile devices as secure and convenient carriers for eID documents

Dr. Matthias Schwan

Bundesdruckerei (Germany)


User-based Deactivation and Activation of Banknotes

Sina Grebrodt

Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions (Switzerland)


Estonian e-document system through crises

Annika Kluge

Estonia Information System Authority (Estonia)


Digital Currency and Blockchain

Zhihu LI

State Grid Corporation (China)

14:00 Session Q&A
14:25 Break
14:40 Panel Discussion: Security & Protection: from physical to digital

The secured document sector – covering everything from banknotes to passports – has gained 1000 years’ experience in protecting, authenticating and examining these documents, leading to very low levels of fraud. The digital sector, conversely, is subject to hacking attacks and other security breaches. How can the latter adapt and apply the experience of the former?

Serge Wsevolojskoy – Reconnaissance International – Chair
Michael Edwards – Veridos
Mark Pic – SURYS
Annika Kluge – Estonia Information System Authority
Ian Lancaster – Recconnaissance International
Narumi Pereira Lima – Brazilian Federal Police

15:30 Conference Closing

DDS Committee

Ian Lancaster

Reconnaissance International

Francis Tuffy

Conference Director
Reconnaissance International

Jeff Conroy


Jörg Fischer


Alan Hodgson

Alan Hodgson Consulting Ltd

Florian Humplik

Österreichische Staatsdruckerei

Volker Lohweg

inIT – Institute Industrial IT, Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences

Marian Margraf

Freie Universität Berlin, Fraunhofer AISEC

Joshua M Mármol


Konstantin Papaxanthis


Marc Pic


Tony Poole

Document Security Alliance

Steve Wilson


Yaohua Wang

Security Identification Union
PR China

Sponsorship Opportunities

Whole event sponsor (includes showcase branding during the entire live stream) – £5,000
Session sponsor – £2,000
Banner advertising – £1,500
Sponsor option to add pre-recorded adverts – £1,500

Our Sponsors

Delegate Fees

Standard Delegate


Central Banks / Government

Free of charge

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