Enhancing security, banknote aesthetics and easy authentication, the security thread is integrated into the sheet itself during manufacture. Available embedded or windowed, with personalised patterns, text or numbers, colour-shifts and / or dynamic movement effects.
Strikingly beautiful metalized foils, patches or stripes can feature multiple combinations of effects and features. Distinctive, eye catching and virtually impossible to replicate, holographic foils are also a quick and easy document authentication tool.
A three-dimensional multi-tonal watermark giving beautiful clarity and high image definition. The cylinder mould watermark is at the heart of paper security, is recommended by Interpol and remains one of the hardest features to convincingly counterfeit.
High contrast surface visible watermark that appears lighter and brighter in the sheet than its surrounding area. Often used in conjunction with cylinder mould watermarks to add highlights and denote denominations or other design elements in the banknote..
Specialist watermarking technique that combines positive and negative (light and dark) text, numbers and characters within the watermark. Highly effective feature against the threat of counterfeit. Enhanced electrotype security, design complexity and banknote aesthetics.
Specialist cylinder mould watermarking technique that reinforces the long edge and corners of a banknote that enhances banknote durability. Reducing the quantity of rejected or worn-out banknotes by increasing durability helps to reduce replacement rates and cut costs.
Highly effective embedded security feature that combines an 18mm wide thread, UV and an aperture into one feature. Optiks® adds security and aesthetics to your banknote with both overt and covert features included for authentication and validation purposes.
Specialist applied security feature combining a two sided optically variable foil with a shaped aperture for enhanced security and protection. Secure Window is a strong anti-counterfeit feature that is easy for users to recognise and authenticate.
A pre-print paper coating that increases the soiling resistance of banknote paper and improves the appearance of banknotes in circulation. Platinum® also enhances its surface strength, increasing durability and reducing the quantity of rejected and worn-out notes.
A highly specialist level 3 / covert security feature for banknotes, providing the ultimate level of banknote protection from the threat of mass of counterfeiting. Enigma® guarantees banknote authenticity and provides certainty in counterfeit detection.
A promise of monetary value and a unit of exchange, banknotes perform the function of legal tender and a facilitator of international trade. A nation’s banknote also provides a showcase of cultural expression for both its people and to the rest of the world.
Banknote payments are inclusive, immediate, anonymous and accessible. They enable trust, stability and often offer the first steps to recovery in times of crisis, change or uncertainty.
All banknotes need to have multiple layers of security, combining integrated, applied and printed features into a single banknote. That is what will keep them secure and one step ahead of the counterfeiter.
At the very heart of a banknote, facilitating every aspect of its functionality, is the paper it is printed on.
That base, with its own embedded security (the watermark) combined with integrated and applied technologies (the threads and holograms), is intrinsic and fundamental to the note’s subsequent printability, security and durability.
If you get this right then you are off to a good start.
Choosing the right security feature can transform a banknote from being ok to brilliant.
We understand that one product does not meet the needs of all countries and all denominations.
The ultimate solution should be tailor made to meet your requirements – combining overt features for ease of public authentication, through to covert elements for use by professional users and machines.
At Portals, we can offer you the familiar technologies relied on by many countries, through to new technologies. It is your choice.
The very nature of banknotes is that they are designed to be used and spent, but that means they will get folded, torn and dirty. Ensuring the optimum design and specification is therefore paramount to addressing this challenge.
As experts in our field, we have extensive experience in the manufacture of banknote components that last.
Our security threads and foils are designed to last the lifetime of the note, offering the public a route to authenticate the banknote until its very last use, and our paper products protect against these threats and work to extend the life of banknotes in circulation.
Technically complex documents, the specification of each banknote will be defined according to its denomination, the threat of counterfeiting, the role of the banknote in your cash cycle, cash processing procedures and, of course, associated costs of the note itself.
At Portals, all our banknotes are specifically engineered for security and durability.
With our in-house team of technical experts, we can assist and advise on the most appropriate specifications for your specific printing processes and banknote circulation environments.
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