2022 Review

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The Holography Conference Online 2022

The Holography Conference has traditionally been a forum for hologram suppliers, producers and users to meet and exchange information and experiences. The event went online in 2020 and continues to be a place to share and showcase the latest technologies, production techniques and to discuss applications and markets. This year the event was sponsored by The Authentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA), nanofabrication systems provider Raith, Holography News® and The International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA).

As in previous years, online attendees spanning several time-zones and continents converged on THCO to hear about the latest developments in the industry. The conference was divided into four thematic sessions to reflect the diversity of applications for holograms in document security, brand protection, art and packaging enhancement.

Holography – from Inception to Present Day

It seemed fitting, in this the 75th anniversary of the invention of holography as a concept, that the first session of the conference should be a retrospective of how far the technology, and the industry it has spawned, has come since Dennis Gabor filed patent BTH (GB685286) on the use of wavefront reconstruction to improve the resolution of electron microscopes.

In his paper ‘Holography – What’s in a Name?’, Paul Dunn (Chairman of the IHMA) started the conference by observing that today there are numerous 3D illusion technologies using the name ‘hologram’ and asked the question ‘but does this matter’?

Paul took the audience through the history of image forming technologies from early imaging techniques with a single lens camera through the advent of stereo viewers using two images of a subject from slightly different angles to the modern non-holographic methods of forming 3D images such as lenticular lens arrays, integral imaging and light field displays.

Paul made the point that as 3D displays evolve, the boundary between definitions becomes blurred and that if the technology meets the needs of the application, does it matter what it is called? The term holography is used today to describe large scale theatrical displays which owe more to the Pepper’s Ghost illusion than to wavefront reconstruction. Such images are visually impressive but not a technology that would be used for an anti-counterfeit application and couldn’t be passed off as holographic art – so in this case the chance for confusion is quite limited.

In conclusion, Paul felt that the use of the term ‘hologram’ is a personal view and his is that we should embrace these technologies and look to where we can learn from them.

Robert Renton, Optical Developments Director at OpSec Security (UK,) continued with the second presentation of the session with his paper ‘Optical Security Devices – an Enduring and Evolving Technology in Document Security and Brand Protection’.

Early stereo viewer

Robert made the point that holograms have taken the position of being one of the most effective anti-counterfeit technologies as they deliver attractive imagery which is easily recognisable and simple to authenticate, while at the same time presenting challenges for counterfeiters to create convincing simulations.

However, the game is changing, with origination equipment more readily available and counterfeits appearing more quickly than ever. Robert then took the audience through the ways that new technologies are being developed to control micro-fringe depth, shape and symmetry, generating new and novel effects not previously possible.

Blazed grating

Penetration of counterfeiting in India

Chander went on to set out the steps that security packaging manufacturers are taking to address the counterfeiting problem with a review of recent technological developments and new features.
For the way ahead, Chandra sees a combination of factors for ASPA to pursue in the fight against counterfeiting in India, which can be neatly summarised as: awareness, standardisation and collaboration.

The final presentation in the first session, from John Winchcombe of Reconnaissance International, took on the topical issue of ‘Sustainability in the Holography Industry’. Since spearheading the Sustainability Forum in Edinburgh (Scotland), John has become something of an expert in sustainability in the security print industry. His assessment of various holography companies’ efforts to implement effective strategies concluded with a clarion for help with the IHMA Sustainability Working Group, which he is setting up and will lead.

Protection and Prevention – High Security Features in Action

After a short break, session 2 took a journey around new developments in the use of holography to protect documents of value and authenticate products.

In his paper ‘The Enduring Relevance of Holograms as a Security Device’ Mark Deakes, Head of Technology Research at De La Rue Authentication, used the statistic that the market for fake goods was worth more than Ireland’s economy to illustrate the problem of illicit trade that has only accelerated since the rise of eCommerce during the pandemic.

He offered a solution that included layered brand protection, combining security (holograms) and digital solutions to create trust networks, reduce illicit trade and benefit end-consumers.

In an attempt to answer why holograms are so enduringly successful, he pointed to their inherent versatility across five vectors as described by De La Rue’s Chief Scientist Dr Brian Holmes: graphical versatility, variety of optically variable effects, application and product type, reflective and transmissive and finally, cost.

In conclusion, Mark made the point that secure holographic technology continues to innovate, evolve, adapt and develop new engaging innovative features that help to reduce the impact of illicit trade.

The second presentation came from Thomas Poreaux of IDEMIA (France) and was titled ‘Overcoming ID Document Fraud with a Revolutionary Approach of Holograms’. A bold claim indeed, but one that Thomas was able to substantiate.

Holograms are widely used to secure identity documents, and as the bearer’s photo is the most commonly attacked feature, holograms are placed on the corner of the primary portrait covering only a small part of the picture. Consequently, they do not guarantee protection against forgery. Additionally, few experts can really verify the authenticity of a hologram as sometimes the effects are too complex to interpret.

To overcome this, IDEMIA developed LASINK™ Helios – a polychromatic colour portrait integrated in a DOVID, protecting the secondary portrait. The feature combines colour personalisation with diffractive technologies, to effectively protect ID documents. For the secondary portrait, it strengthens security by preventing fraudsters from attempting alteration to the primary portrait.

The third presentation in the session: ‘Jump – a Design Concept’ from Christoph Gebauer of G+D Currency (Germany) looked at how through the integrated design of features, technical complexity and easy recognition can combine to give maximum security.

The JUMP concept has been developed with security ink supplier SICPA as a means of synchronising the visual effects of the technologies of both companies – diffractive and micro-mirror patches, threads and stripes from Louisenthal and SPARK® optically variable ink features from SICPA – into a holistic, attractive and ultimately intuitive designs for banknotes.

The fourth presentation from Natalie Vast of SURYS (France), titled ‘Moov™ Series: A dynamic and Unique Visual Experience for High-End Security’ explained how central banks and banknote designers are taking advantage of the range of attributes of the Moov technology – which combines (insert a brief description) to integrate visual features across a full series of banknotes.

Security and Beyond – New Technologies and Applications

Day two of the conference started with a session that explored the realms of holography outside of high security printing.

Anton Goncharsky from Computer Holography Centre , got the day off to a flying start with his paper ‘A New Holographic Principle –3D Zero Order Imaging’. He proposed a method to compute and synthesise a nano optical element to produce a 3D image that can be easily observed with white light illumination. The 3D image has full parallax when the optical element is tilted and even when it is rotated through 360 degrees. Additionally, unlike rainbow holograms, the colour of the 3D image does not depend on the viewing angle, so that the 3D image formed behaves like a real 3D object.

Commemorative notes
Onto the second paper, when the conference was joined by Xinyi Li from ZSST – a company of China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation – presenting his paper ‘Security Stripes of Beijing Winter Olympics Commemorative Banknotes’.

The presentation recounted the design and production of the two 2022 commemorative banknotes for the Beijing 24th Olympic Winter Games. Focusing on the security stripes, the paper described how the various optical effects (ColorTrace®, ColorDance®and Moire amplification) allowed the stripes to give shimmering vitality to the snow, lanterns and the Great Wall depicted on the notes.

Glenn Wood, from Fresnel Innovations, followed on with his paper on ‘Holographic Cold Foil – Expanding the Frontier for Wide Web Print Enhancement’. Glenn took the audience through the reasons why some powerful brands have rejected hot stamped holograms for high volume applications before introducing cold foil as a serious alternative.

The process is fast and can be applied inline with wide web offset printers but currently the only way to apply registered holographic images with cold foil is with narrow web flexo printing, aimed at the label industry.

The presentation went on to describe recent work conducted at Fresnel Innovations to create a holographic cold foil which incorporates print and metal in register with the holographic image.

The final paper in the third session came from Francis Tuffy, Editor of Holography News, who told the very personal story of working with Dr Ioana Pioaru, Prof David Brotherton-Ratcliffe (Geola) and Tal Stokes (De Montford, UK) to produce holographic sculptures of his daughters, which now hang in pride of place in his home.

Continuing Developments for a Brighter Future

The final session of the conference took into consideration a range of different topics that hinted at the prospects for the hologram industry.

Hazen Paper is well known to the holography community for its series of Enshrine Yearbook Covers in the US, and in the presentation ‘Hazen’s Transfer Metallized Envirofoil®’ Claudia Kipp set out how Hazen’s Holographic Department accepted the challenge to make the 2022 Yearbook the best one yet. The cover was produced using the company’s Envirofoil process and included a new element called ‘Metal-Morphosis™’ which apparently is a security feature used in the prevention of counterfeiting.

Claudia was also keen to establish Envirofoil’s green credentials, with more than two-thirds of Hazen’s electrical power provided by the Holyoke Gas and Electric renewable hydro facilities and a further 7% of electrical energy used by the company coming from solar power.

2022 Basketball Hall of Fame Yearbook

The second paper in the session saw Dmitrijs Bobrovs from Regula give his paper on ‘Automated Verification of Optically Variable Security Features as a Matter of Collaboration’, in which he called for cooperation and collaboration between OVD manufacturers to make optically variable devices even more checkable.

There was a futuristic feel to Alan Hodgson’s paper ‘The Metaverse as a Business Driver’. Alan, who is a consultant in printing and imaging, examined the implications of the evolution of the metaverse from a perspective of holography and 3D displays.

To help do this, he defined the metaverse as a virtual space that looks and feels like a 3D graphical representation of the real world. While accepting that, at this point in time, we have to recognise that the concept is still developing he argued that large amounts of money are currently changing hands as companies vie for position – and that here is where the opportunities could lie for holography and the 3D imaging communities.

The final paper in the conference came from Phillipe Gentet from Hologram Forum with the title ‘CHIMERA™ – the Third Generation of Digital Holographic Printing System’.

The CHIMERA™ project is a joint venture between Ultimate Holography (Yves Gentet) in France, and Kwangwoon University (Seung-Hyun Lee, Philippe Gentet) in Korea to create the third generation of digital holographic printing systems. Paying tribute to the background to his research, Phillipe explained that in 1998 Zebra Imaging Inc. proposed the first commercial generation of large-format full-colour holographic printers and that the second generation was developed by Geola (Lithuania) and XYZ Imaging Inc. (Canada) and then later by Yves Gentet (Bordeaux, France).

How to create a CHIMERA

And this, the third generation, is the result of 15 years of research to build a new type of holoprinter that combines the advantages of the two previous versions. The CHIMERA™ print is first created by recording a series of 768 horizontal images—points of view of the scene—on a 120-degree arc of a circle for a half-parallax hologram. A full-parallax keeps the same requirements but the procedure is repeated at 178 levels of elevation creating a cylinder of points of view.

Phillipe brought the paper, and the conference, to a close by encouraging the participants to attend the 12th International Symposium on Display Holography (ISDH) in the Sofitel Ambassador Seoul, Korea, from 26 June to 1 July 2023.

The Holography Conference Online has now become an annual fixture, and the next one will be held in November or December 2023.




Acviss Technologies


Alan Hodgson Consulting Ltd

United Kingdom

All4Labels Smart + Secure GmbH


Atech – Starr


Authentication Solution Providers Association (ASPA)


Banco do Brasil


Bundeskriminalamt Germany


Canada Border Services Agency


Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT), Govt. of Kerala


China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation


CJSC Holography Indus


Computer Holography Centre Ltd

Russian Federation

Cosmo Films Ltd


Currency News

United Kingdom

Dai Nippon Printing


Danish National ID Centre


De La Rue

United Kingdom

Demax Holograms




DNP Imagingcomm Europe BV




Fresnel Innovations Ltd




Galileo Innovations Pvt. Ltd.


Giesecke + Devrient


Guangzhou Banknote Printing Company


Hazen Paper Company


Hi-Glo Holo Images Pvt Ltd


Holo 3D Srl


Holoflex Limited


Holographic Security Marking Systems P Limited




Holostik India Limited


HP India Sales Pvt Ltd


Hueck Folien





United Kingdom

IN Groupe




ITW Specialty Films


JCS RPC Krypten

Russian Federation





Kumbhat Holographics


Kurz India Private Limited


LEONHAR KURZ Stiftung & Co. KG




Maan Machine Tools


Madras Security Printers Private Limited



United Kingdom

Mitsubishi Polyester Film GmbH


Monotech systems Ltd.




National Bank of Belgium




OpSec Security Group

United Kingdom

Optaglio a.s.

Czech Republic

OVD Kinegram AG


Papierfabrik Louisenthal GmbH


Police Presidium of the Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Polish Security Printing Works Inc.


Process Color (P) Ltd


PRS Permacel Private Limited


PT. Pura Barutama


R.B.H conditionnement


Rainbow Holographixs Private Limited




Vinsak India Pvt. Ltd.


XRD Nano Limited

United Kingdom

Zhongchao Special Security Technology Co., Ltd



Schedule is GMT time
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Monday 5 December 2022

Session 1 – Holography – from Inception to Present Day


Conference Welcome


Hologram – What’s in a Name?

Paul Dunn



Optical Security Devices – an Enduring and Evolving Technology in Document Security and Brand Protection

Robert Renton

OpSec Security (UK)


Recent Trends and Developments in Holographic and Security packaging in India

Chander Shekhar Jeena

Authentication Solution Providers’ Association


Sustainability in the Holography Industry

John Winchcombe

Reconnaissance Intl (UK)

15 minutes for Q&A

12:40 – Break – Awards Intro and Submissions

Session 2 – Protection and Prevention – High Security Features in Action


The Enduring Relevance of Holograms As a Security Device

Mark Deakes

De La Rue (UK)


Overcoming ID Document Fraud With a Revolutionary Approach of Holograms

Thomas Poreaux

IDEMIA (France)


Jump – a Design Concept

Christoph Gebauer

G+D Currency Technology (Germany)


Moov Series: A dynamic and unique visual experience for high-end security

Nathalie Vast

Surys (France)

15 minutes for Q&A

15:15 Wrap-Up Day 1


Tuesday 6 December 2022

Session 3 – Security and Beyond – New Techniques and Applications


Conference Welcome


A New Holographic Principle – 3D Zero Order Imaging

Anton Goncharsky

Computer Holography Centre (Russia)


Security Stripes of Beijing Winter Olympics Commemorative Banknotes

Xinyi Li

ZSST - a company of China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation (China)


Holographic Cold Foil – Expanding the Frontier for Wide Web Print Enhancement

Glenn Wood

Fresnel Innovations Ltd


Holographic Sculptures – a New Dimension in Holographic Imagery

Francis Tuffy

Reconnaissance International (UK)

15 minutes for Q&A

12:40 – Break – Awards Intro and Submissions

Session 4 – Continuing Development for a Brighter Future


Hazen’s Transfer Metallized Envirofoil ®

Claudia Kipp

Hazen Paper Company (USA)


Automated verification of optically variable security features as a matter of collaboration

Dmitrijs Bobrovs

Regula Forensics Inc. (USA)


The Metaverse as a Business Driver

Dr Alan Hodgson

Consultant in Printing and Imaging (UK)


CHIMERA™ – a Third Generation of Digital Holographic Printing System

Philippe Gentet

Hologram Forum

15 minutes for Q&A

14:55 Awards Ceremony
15:05 Conference Closing

2022 Winners Reflect Holography’s Ongoing Success and Growth

This year’s Excellence in Holography awards, organised by industry trade body International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA), continue to reflect an expanding industry that sees commercial innovation and creativity at the heart of future growth and development.

The winners of the awards were announced, amid a shower of virtual confetti, at the closing of The Holography Conference Online (THCO) on 6 December, with a total of six awards up for grabs. The awards mark the pinnacle of success for those who have been involved at the forefront of developing innovative or commercially viable hologram products or techniques over the past 12 months.

The judges were impressed by the fusion of traditional hologram concepts with other technologies across a crop of high-quality category winners, which included:

Best Origination – IQS Structures for its commemorative presentation and technology innovation hologram IQ Singularity

Innovation in Holographic Technology – KURZ for its Aerospace house note 2022 series, and the Balloon 50 denomination

Best Applied Security Product – IDEMIA’s LASINK Helios technology for ID document holograms, and Louisenthal for its a new 5,000 kwacha banknote hologram in collaboration with the Reserve Bank of Malawi

Best Display or Emerging Technology – Hologram Center for its ghostly holographic illusion, which offers a new eye-catching promotional display medium.

People’s Choice – Computer Holography Centre for its 3D Zero Order Imaging.

The Excellence in Holography awards recognise outstanding achievement, marking success for suppliers, manufacturers and end-users at the forefront of the sector who have brought forward innovative or commercially viable hologram products or techniques over the last 12 months.

This year’s event comes as the IHMA continues to develop its role as the leading voice for those involved in global commercial holography.

Chair of the IHMA, Dr Paul Dunn, commended the standard of entries as being of the highest quality, representing an innovative industry at the forefront of the fight against counterfeiting.

In congratulating all the winners, he said: ‘These awards mark ongoing advancement in the design, development and technology of commercial holograms, which continue to find fresh and innovative ways to add value and heightened levels of security to products used by millions of consumers the world over.’


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