Reconnaissance Launches New Conference for Identity and Payments in the Digital Age

18 May 2021

The technical conference for physical, digital and virtual document security

How do we ensure that our financial transactions and identity verification conducted on a smartphone, tablet or other computer are as secure as they have been using banknotes and identity documents respectively?

Do those physical secured documents have a role in this new world? Will there be co-existence or will they be replaced?

These are the underlying issues to be addressed in Vienna at the Optical & Digital Document Security Conference in January 2022, as the world returns to meeting in person.

Organised by Reconnaissance International, a leader in the field of information about document security, this conference brings together Reconnaissance’s two very successful technical conferences to cover the key topics that have become more pressing in our digital age.

The Optical Document Security Conference, held every two years since 1996, is established as a highly-respected technical event which has seen the first public announcement of many now common optical security features. Digital Document Security, a spin-off event, was quickly recognised as an essential bridge between the physical and digital “document” security worlds.

In combining the two events, Reconnaissance is recognising that the physical – or tangible – document and digital worlds are no longer separate. Will the digitisation of transactions and identity verification supplant the well-recognised physical documents that have traditionally been used or will they co-exist in a symbiotic relationship?

This new event will focus on the why and how of this question and the critical need to achieve the highest levels of security and data protection in the digital domain, as have been achieved in the physical domain.

ODDS will be the platform to bring together the thousand-year experience of the banknote and ID document world with the fast-moving field of digital financial transactions, virtual ID and digital identity verification. People involved in the digital transaction, identity and authentication communities and specifiers, designers, producers and issuers of secure documents will find ODDS a valuable forum to explain, learn, network and explore possibilities.

The presentations at the ODDS conference will be selected by a committee of specialists and experts to ensure that this merged conference maintains the high quality that has made ODS and DDS such respected events. Conference Chairman will be Ian Lancaster, co-founder and former CEO of Reconnaissance, who has been involved with ODS from its beginnings, serving as Chairman since 2016, as well as chairing the DDS conference.

Commenting on the return of in-person events, of which ODDS will be one of the first in the industry, Ian Lancaster said: ‘Digitisation is a key aspect of this conference, and digitisation in all aspects of our lives has taken a quantum leap over the past year. But only face to face can the informal yet constructive discussions take place that will enable us to take these issues of personal and payment security – never more critical than now – forward and shape them in a post-COVID world’.