Singapore is the first nation to use Guardian™ lens platform
19 August 2015
Island Nation plays a lead role in introducing a new banknote technology platform to the world.
Melbourne, Australia - Singapore is celebrating 50 years of nationhood in 2015 by releasing two visually stunning bank note denominations that feature new large format lens technology. Yesterday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched the notes during a ceremony held at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (follow this link to the media release on MAS website and watch official launch video below).
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong inspects the CAMEO™ Lens feature in the new $50 note.
Appearing for the first time on mainstream circulating currency, the Singapore 10 and 50 dollar banknotes both incorporate security features that use the Guardian™ Lens Platform. This new technology platform is a milestone development for the banknote industry and places Singapore in the world-leading position of circulating banknotes that for the first time use ultra-thin, 20mm-wide large format lens security features that have been beautifully integrated into the design of each banknote.
Innovia Security’s Managing Director, Bernhard Imbach says “This is a genuinely new technology platform because we have developed the ability to apply a large format lens structure to polymer banknote substrate that can be used with a range of other technologies to create various unique feature effects.”
The two security features – HORIZON™ and CAMEO™ Lens – that appear on the $10 and $50 respectively, both use Guardian™ Lens technology but differ based on the print techniques used under the lens to create two completely distinct visual effects. These effects have been designed to make it easy for the public to authenticate but extremely difficult for the counterfeiter to replicate.
“In the case of HORIZON™ we have combined the Guardian™ Lens with our own in-house print capability to deliver an eye-catching series of red and white contrast-switching movements as the user tilts the banknote from side-to-side,” says Mr Imbach.
Within the feature, the viewer sees the Singapore Coat of Arms, a SG50 logo and the years of nationhood (1965-2015), all of which switch in a distinct red to white positive-negative image. The three design elements are linked by an elliptical array of red and white lines that also switch colour.
“CAMEO™ Lens is appearing for the first time on the Singapore $50 and is designed to pay tribute to Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew,” says Mr Imbach.
CAMEO™ Lens is a visually serene security feature that provides a crisp portrait image with refined depth and movement to create a highly-engaging authentication experience as the user tilts the banknote from side-to-side.
On the Singapore $50, CAMEO™ Lens is a two colour feature (brown and red) showing Mr Lee in a rally for independence pose, a SG50 logo and the years of nationhood (1965-2015). The image of Mr Lee is a high-resolution portrait image combined with a background graphic that creates a feeling of subtle depth and movement, while the symbol delivers a red to white positive-negative switch. Of additional interest are the years of nationhood, printed so that the ‘1965’ and the ‘2015’ alternate in appearance as the note is moved.
Both features are highly counterfeit resistant because they use the entire depth of the substrate – a Guardian™ Lens embedded in the clear polymer film combined with secure printing on the reverse side of the note – making extraction or reapplication of the feature a highly complex and difficult task.
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