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Focused on a sustainable future

The topic of sustainability is high on everyone’s agenda – ensuring that we all play our part in meeting the needs of today without compromising our ability to meet the needs to tomorrow. Portals is a responsible business and actively contributing towards a better future.

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Working in Perfect Partnership

We all know what a partnership is – an arrangement between two or more parties in pursuit of a shared goal or activity to share its collective gains and losses and / or mutual benefits. But how many forms of partnership and ways of effective working are there?

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The Foundations of a Banknote

There is so much more to banknotes than meets the eye. Intelligently engineered from the start to ensure maximum security and durability, at the very heart of a banknote, facilitating every aspect of its functionality, is the paper it is printed on. ...read more Banknotes are incredibly complex and have a multitude of different considerations that need to be taken into account at the outset. ...read less

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The Foundations of a Passport

Passports enable us to travel anywhere in the world on holiday or for business. They give reassurance to the authorities in our home and destination countries that we are eligible to travel and our identity is genuine. ...read more This report outlines the complex array of threats posed against the humble passport, and also some practical solutions to beat the fraudsters. ...read less

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The Fundamentals of a Trusted Identity

Using a birth certificate as the source document for which the issue of other identity documents, that give greater entitlements is based, places great demands on the security and integrity of the certificate. ...read more This report explains how there is an accessible solution that could be implemented quickly and with minimal upfront investment. ...read less

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The Role of Furnish in a Secure Passport

When considering how to protect a passport, many issuing authorities will give significant thought to the choice of security features and the layering of these features, but sitting at the very foundation of a passport is the substrate itself. ...read more This report examines how, as the fundamental cornerstone of the book, the paper and its furnish should also be given the same high consideration to ensure a passport’s strength and security. ...read less

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Cylinder mould watermarks: universal security

Cylinder mould made watermarks offer an unrivalled defence against counterfeiting, combined with a reputation as one of the most publicly recognised and easily authenticated features in use today.

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Cylinder mould watermarks: the heart of banknote security

As banknote features continue to evolve, incorporating the latest technology and pushing the boundaries of innovation, the cylinder mould watermark remains unchallenged at the heart of banknote security.

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Big data in manufacturing: a security paper perspective

The industry is abuzz with ‘big data’ and how analytics can help a Central Bank improve its decision making. Data is also critically important for security papermakers and printers.

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