Archive for September, 2011

40,000 E-Passports Already Issued in Canada

Though they won’t be available to the general public until next year, Passport Canada has already issued more than 40,000 new electronic passports to diplomats and government officials. These passports were issued as part of a pilot project that began in 2009 to test the features of Canada’s new e-passports, which, to date, have yielded […]

BBC Features Fortress Paper’s Banknote Facility

BBC News visited Fortress Paper’s facility in Landquart, Switzerland this week to learn about the process of making banknotes. In a video featured in the BBC’s Business section, Marco Ziethen, the production manager at Landquart, takes reporter Lucy Burton through a step-by-step guide to manufacturing banknotes. From importing, refining and bleaching cotton, Ziethen showed how […]

Ethopia To Replace 50Br and 100 Br Banknotes

The National Bank of Ethopia (NBE) accepted three offers from European companies last week who were vying for a contract to replace several denominations of the country’s current series of banknotes. The UK’s De La Rue Currency, Germany’s Giesecke & Devrient, and France’s Francois-Charles Oberthur submitted technical offers to print an order of 50 Br […]

Bank of England Considers Polymer Notes

In an effort to make some of their banknotes more durable and counterfeit proof, the Bank of England is considering the introduction of polymer banknotes. The £5 banknote is the most likely candidate to be switched first as it is the lowest denomination and therefore the most frequently used, however the Bank has also said […]

Tackling Counterfeit Transit Passes

A report by Edmonton’s city auditor, David Wiun, said the city lost nearly $30,000 last winter due to a rash of counterfeit transit passes. Wiun’s report comes on the heels of an investigation by the Edmonton police, Edmonton Transit Service and the city’s corporate security department, all of whom had been following leads and tips […]