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Kazakhstan 1000 Tenge Commemorative Banknote Wins Security Award

International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) : 03 December, 2010  (Application Story)
Innovative micro-lenticular patch containing hologram image used on the new 1000 tenge banknote to commemorate the holding of the 7th OSCE Summit in Astana takes technology award for best hologram security product
Kazakhstan 1000 Tenge Commemorative Banknote Wins Security Award
A commemorative banknote which takes optical sophistication to a new level has won the "Best Applied Security Product' category at the International Hologram Manufacturers Association's (IHMA) Excellence in Holography Awards 2010. The commemorative 1,000 Tenge note produced by Papierfabrik Louisenthal for Kazakhstan features not only a hologram showing typical rainbow colours but a small microlenticular patch viewed by transmission. The system is called Varifeye Magic and this application represented its first use. The technology has been praised for its level of sophistication - a window has been cut into the paper after laminating to a polymeric layer before a clear stripe of film is laminated over it running from top to bottom of the note. The clear stripe contains the microlenticular image of a camel interchanging with the letter K when tilted. This feature can be viewed by transmission through the window. There is also a demetallised holographic image of the Astana Baiterek monument above the text "Organisation for Security & Co-operation in Europe", interchanging with the date 2010 which are viewed by reflection where it falls over the paper. Flexibility and modularity are obtained by the possibility of combining different OVD and smart window features. Commended in the same category for its outstanding work was Romania's Zoomsoft srl for its IR-Label. The hologram in this application is intended to be invisible - it is sewn in to a garment, leather good or item where its 2D demetallised barcode can be read with a special camera and an infrared projector and information regarding the legitimacy of the label is retrieved over the internet. The label can withstand many years of water, washing and dry cleaning. The awards were presented at the conference dinner of the annual holography conference Holopack-Holo-print in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia in November. They recognise outstanding industry achievement and are presented to organisations who have introduced the most innovative or commercially viable hologram product or technique over the year. Organised by the IHMA, the 18th annual Excellence in Holography Awards - sponsored by industry newsletter Holography News - was attended by delegates from the worldwide holography community attending the Holopack-Holo-print conference. Entries were judged by a panel of experts - a representative of the IHMA Secretariat and two invited independent judges: an authentication specialist and a promotion or design expert. A display of products from the winners and runners-up was also on show, signalling the breadth and depth of the technology's applications and commercial span. IHMA chairman Adam Scheer, who presented the awards, said: "These awards celebrate the very best in holographic achievement and the many remarkable innovations the industry produces every year. "Papierfabrik and Zoomsoft's work reflects the creativity, design excellence and quality which have been the hallmarks of this year's entries, reflecting how holography continues to push forward new boundaries both technically and commercially."
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