Agfa Specialty Products and LCsys Systèmes Industriels have launched ABSOLUT-ID, designed for the integrated production of high security ID cards.Agfa has supplied the technology and consumables for the printing of personalisation data and LCsys has provided process engineering and equipment manufacturing.Agfa says its print technology allows positioning and personalisation of image and data on ABSOLUT-ID cards underneath the traditional guilloche printing instead of on-top. According to the company, this facilitates the visual detection of tampering and increases reliability because the smallest flaw or interruption of a single guilloche line will instantly reveal fraud. Additionally, since the personalisation data of each individual card is generated in a half tone resolution without pixels or screen dots, Agfa claims ABSOLUT-ID cards are considered virtually impossible to counterfeit or even to manipulate.The production of ABSOLUT-ID cards, using consumables on roll, is a web-based process that integrates all the customary stages of card production: printing of the personalisation image and data, lamination, die cutting and chipping. Agfa says this continuous process offers tremendous time and cost efficiency as well as security benefits compared to the conventional approach of sequential and often geographically distributed steps. It adds: "And because the process starts with the personalisation stage, the ABSOLUT-ID concept eliminates the cost of laborious card preparations before a single card can be issued. It also avoids the storage of semi-finished cards that have high value only in terms of immobilised cash and represent a high risk of security breach in case of theft; a risk that can only be countered by increasing the cost even more with security infrastructure investments or surveillance.""In today's globalised world, reliable ID security is of great importance to society and to all of us individually," says Marc Van Damme, VP, Marketing and Sales Agfa Specialty Products. "Agfa is pleased to contribute to more reliable and affordable security with state-of-the-art technology that builds on our long-standing expertise in imaging and shows at its best when quality is at stake to make a real difference.""LCsys is pleased to work with Agfa on what may become a new paradigm in ID card production," says Sabine Larue, director, Marketing & Sales at LCsys. "Thanks to our vast experience and know-how in the engineering and constructing of equipment ABSOLUT-ID can take ID card production to new levels of convenience, cost and reliability."