Xerox finds small print solution

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By  Published  September 29, 2006

Scientists at Xerox have developed a microscopic font in an attempt to outwit counterfeiters and increase the security of important documents such as birth certificates, drivers’ licenses and identification papers.

The MicroText Specialty Imaging Font is just 1/100th of an inch high, so small that you need a magnifying glass to be able to read it.

Microscopic words are already used in the design of credit cards, checks and currency, but thanks to the Xerox font can now be more widely used for documents requiring a high degree of security.

“Microprinting variable information makes individualised documents even more time consuming to replicate. Adding that extra layer of security is a barrier to counterfeiters and makes the document more secure,” said Reiner Eschbach, a research fellow at Xerox.

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