High-tech detection of fraudulent documents
The making and use of false documents is responsible for enormous losses in societal and individual human terms. An EU-funded research initiative is piloting a high-tech detector of fraudulent documents, to be used by financial, border-control and law-enforcement services.
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Fraudulent identity and security documents play a vital role in the smuggling of migrants and other human trafficking. They can be used by terrorists to facilitate their own movements, and by smugglers of drugs, weapons and other illicit goods. False documents simplify cross-border crime of all types for the perpetrators. Such documents are also used to open bank accounts under false pretences and for the illegitimate reception of social benefits.
ANDRUPOS is an EU-funded 'Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) pilot', aimed at the final optimisation of a leading-edge, web-based, document examination system. The system is capable of differentiating various printing techniques, printer and paper sources.
A very important and never-before-available feature enables users to link counterfeit documents to specific printers, so that different false documents can be traced back to specific offenders. This feature makes the system a particularly potent weapon against organised crime.
ANDRUPOS employs a number of advanced technologies to analyse subject documents, and the system delivers a report that is a simple, easy to understand and very reliable.
The system has been assembled over the course of a series of highly innovative research projects and feasibility studies. The relevant ICT and analytical technologies, software and hardware have already been tested and validated. The goal of the ANDRUPOS FTI pilot is thus to complete the last upgrade, optimisation and customisation of the system for known early adopters, before carrying out a final validation.
The system has been described by ANDRUPOS research partners as a game changer in the detection of fraudulent ID documents, passports and banknotes. Potential users include the banking sector, public and private forensic institutions, border security and customs services, including at airports and border crossing points, and law-enforcement agencies.