An innovation in the making of credit cards is coming; this would make it impossible to alter any kind of card anymore. This is called the Secure ID technology, which is being developed by GE Global Research together with SABIC Innovative Plastics.
This technology uses holographic material innovations for information storage in a high security format. Though holograms are already in use today for different kinds of IDs and cards, this kind of material faces a great risk in terms of authenticity. This is because the information is only stamped on the card's surface that makes it easier to be altered. However, with this new hologram technology that GE-SABIC Innovative Plastics is developing, it will allow the information to be stored within the card or ID itself. As a result, it is almost impossible for anyone to alter it.
Dr. Moitreyee Sinha, Manager of the Functional and Optical Materials Lab, explained that the use of this new hologram technology can create a unique and distinct appearance, a reason why it cannot be duplicated. Also, he noted that unlike surface holograms, this new technology has the capability to store multiple holograms in one plastic. This gives way to a stronger security and more personalized set of features.
Also, according to Dr. Sinha, this new product has the capacity to store 3D images of faces, fingerprints, and even animations on plastic materials. They can also limit or control information that a person can see on the card. With this, the technology becomes a good feature in terms of using it with credit cards.
With the digital world today, Dr. Sinha stated that it is of great importance to secure credit cards as well as other kinds of identification from a lot of people. With the innovation that is being introduced by GE-SABIC Innovative Plastics, it is not almost impossible to steal identities as well as tamper cards.
This Secure ID Technology had been the center of study of GE scientists for over six years already. The biggest of their achievements is making holograms to be processed successfully in plastic. They have made it possible for holographic materials to be laminated into a card, extruded in film, or casted in a thin film.
The Vice President of Technology of SABIC Innovative Plastics pointed out that this technology cannot only be applied to credit cards and other IDs. In fact, he said that it can be used to verify authenticity of a lot of other products such as laptop, mobile phones, and other electronic devices. This is also applicable even to sunglasses and other kinds of consumer goods.