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SDW Programme Outline

Please join us for the SDW 2017 conference, 26-28 June in Westminster, London.



Day One - Monday 26 June

10.00 alt Opening Remarks
Mark Lockie, Managing Director, Science Media Partners, Editor – Security Document World, UK
Matthew Finn, Managing Director, AUGMENTIQ, UK
  alt Opening Keynote Addressess
  A series of presentations by key figures in industry and government.
 11.05 Refreshment  Break Sponsored byalt
 11:30 alt Building trust in the lifecycle of identity

Trust is the cornerstone of identity. To have confidence someone is who they claim to be, we need to trust the identity document being presented; trust the integrity of checks carried out to establish the authenticity of that document; and trust the veracity of the issuance process that issued the document to the person presenting it.

In recent years, the industry has recorded a sharp decline in document fraud, but an equally sharp rise in identity fraud. So how can government and industry work together to establish and build trust to ensure the right checks and balances are in place so effective checks are carried out on genuine people presenting genuine documents?

This session aims to provide the latest thinking to help answer these critical questions.

 12.30 Lunch Sponsored byalt
  A conversation between key industry figures
 14:10 alt Project in Focus: Grand Designs

Successfully bringing government ID projects to fruition requires many stakeholders to work together and unify their ideas and innovations around a strong initial concept. There is much at stake, with security and identity surety being primary concerns.

However, there are many other factors at play, including working within economic constraints.

SDW’s Grand Designs session sees the world’s foremost secure ID projects presented from concept to delivery, giving a real insight into what factors are needed to achieve success.

 15.25 Refreshment  Break Sponsored byalt
 15:50 alt Entry/Exit: Stronger, smarter borders for a changing world

For many years, border security professionals have advocated the need to know exactly who and what is crossing the border.

From an immigration perspective, this demands a system and set of capabilities to ‘count people in and count people out’ of a country. In 2016, after its initial proposal in 2013, the European Commission issued a legislative proposal for a package of measures known as ‘Smart Borders’, recommending the creation of a European Entry/Exit System and Registered Traveller Programme.

Against this backdrop, this session adopts a global view and considers the latest policy developments, as well as the challenges and practical realities of establishing identity and improving border control effectiveness by recording the time and place of people crossing borders around the world.

17.30 End of day one
18.30 alt  SDW Rooftop Party   alt



Day Two - Tuesday 27 June

08.50 alt Keynote Address
  KEYNOTE: Commander Dave Clark, National Coordinator for Economic Crime – The City of London Police, National Police Chiefs Council lead for Identity Crime, Counterfeit Currency, Illicit Trade and Cyber Protect
09:30 alt IN FOCUS: Disrupting identity and document fraud

The fight against identity fraud is a constant battle between the authorities and the fraudsters. But in today’s uncertain world the stakes have never been higher. At one end of the scale, citizens face economic loss and disruption, with governments facing risks to national security at the other.

The focus of this practical session is to identify effective ways to unearth and disrupt identity fraud networks and to consider ways to combat fraud in action.

10.30 Refreshment  Break Sponsored byalt
10:55 alt  The emerging eID landscape alt Regional Spotlight: Africa

New technologies are enabling eIDs to play an even greater role in the digital citizen experience, as ID cards increasingly combine mobility with multiple applications, such as healthcare ID, driver’s licences, online authentication and payment.

This session will explore trends shaping the evolution of eID, and cover critical challenges such as privacy, new security threats, and emerging identity models.

The potential for identity technology to empower Africa and its people has been demonstrated in recent years by a diverse range of projects, across the continent, in spheres such as citizen ID, transactions and elections. Financial inclusion and stronger human rights are among the many imposing goals being asked of the industry, but to reach that point many vital questions still need to be addressed.

This session will explore the rapidly evolving African market through the perspective of end users and senior government officials.

 12.10 Exhibition Viewing
 12.40 Lunch Sponsored byalt

Open to all conference and exhibition attendees


A prominent highlight of SDW for the past few years has been the panel: Views from the Top. The session brings together senior leaders from organisations operating across the document security and identity management arena to share their views from the top of their respective organisations.

Returning to the conference stage in 2017, Views from the Top will offer key insights into the challenges and opportunities that are driving change, affecting the market and shaping the future of the industry.  The SDW 2017 Views from the Top panel offers a powerful and rare opportunity to hear, first hand, the leadership’s thinking by examining the wider strategic context and considering the longer-term view of the design, development and wide-scale use of government-issued identity documents.
Led by Matthew Finn, Managing Director, AUGMENTIQ, UK

 14.30 Session changeover
 14:40 alt  Biometrics: Effective solutions, responsible use alt DocEx PART 1
Government only

Developments in biometric technologies and the widespread adoption of biometrics in travel documents and border-crossing procedures have transformed the document security industry. 

Decades of investment in research and development has made it exceptionally difficult to replicate and forge security features, driving a sharp decline in document fraud. The inclusion of biometrics not only further enhances document security, but also crucially establishes a unique, unbreakable link between the document and its legitimate holder.

So, where do we go from here and what additional opportunities can be derived from biometrics? This session looks at the latest developments and sets the scene for how and where biometrics can deliver improvements to government, industry and the all-important end-user.

One of the most popular conference sessions at SDW, the DocEx Knowledge Exchange is designed for secure document designers, examination experts and issuance authorities from around the world.

In this private government-only setting, attendees are able to explore some of the challenges they face, understand new global document fraud trends, and share their experiences in a supportive environment

 15.50 Refreshment  Break Sponsored byalt
 16:15 alt  On the front line: Enhanced identity verification techniques alt DocEx PART 2
Government only

For hundreds of thousands of professionals working on the front line, perhaps the single greatest challenge is to verify a person’s identity as quickly, reliably and effectively as possible.

This challenge is made all the greater by the environment in which identity checks are performed. In many instances, limited time is available, and the physical location of where checks are carried out represents a significant risk to the integrity and quality of the control process.

This session examines the challenge of verifying identity on the front line and offers ideas as to the skills, tools and procedures available to enhance our collective ability to quickly, reliably and effectively establish identity – wherever and whenever that needs to occur. 

One of the most popular conference sessions at SDW, the DocEx Knowledge Exchange is designed for secure document designers, examination experts and issuance authorities from around the world.

In this private government-only setting, attendees are able to explore some of the challenges they face, understand new global document fraud trends, and share their experiences in a supportive environment

17.30 - 19.00 alt   SDW Exhibition Reception   alt



Day Three - Wednesday 28 June


09.00 alt In conversation with…
  Incisive interview with a leading figure in the world of identity
09:30 alt SDW Fishbowl – Leveraging mobile and digital ID
  Emerging mobile and digital identity platforms will revolutionise how people interact with just about everything: from banking and shopping to traveling across borders and accessing government services. Yet the alluring promise of ubiquitous access and enhanced convenience is not without its challenges; particularly in the areas of regulatory reform, security and privacy.

While consumers deserve a trusted path to navigate this new mobile and digital landscape; equally, industry needs guidance along its journey to developing robust identity products that safely leverage the power of these emerging technologies. This track explores the opportunities, trends and challenges along that path towards a safe, secure future with mobile and digital ID.

10.30 Refreshment  Break Sponsored byalt
10:55 alt The future of secure document design alt  Empowering and securing the “Smart Citizen”

Innovation in secure document design has accelerated as new manufacturing and ink processes emerge alongside increasingly complex deployments of maturing technologies.

This session will explore how the expansion of visible and invisible security elements is crucial in combating potentially disruptive forgery and tamper techniques, but also examine wider design trends and evolving authentication needs.

Almost every kind of electronic device now boasts some form of connectivity, as the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to change fundamentally the way we interact with the world around us. Forward-looking administrations now want to extend this trend of enhanced connectivity to create intelligent ‘Smart Cities’. Such ecosystems face numerous challenges, however, including the provision of robust security, and ensuring that less technologically savvy citizens are not left behind.

This track discusses how effective identity – of both people and devices – is critical to empowering and securing the ‘smart citizen’ of the future.

 12.10 Exhibition Viewing
 12.40 Lunch Sponsored byalt
  alt  Taking travel document security to the next level alt Standardization, certification and evaluation in focus
 13:30 Document security has advanced immeasurably as front-line physical features evolve, and inspection processes, data security and matching systems are all streamlined and strengthened. But, increased terrorist activity and mass people movements are simultaneously placing unprecedented pressure on each link of the document security chain. This session examines how document security must evolve to meet these new and wide-ranging challenges. Standardization, certification and evaluation initiatives exist within the secure credential domain to help raise security levels and provide quality assurance for end users, including governments and tendering authorities.

This track will discuss a number of important new schemes, ranging from a “Common Criteria” style of evaluation for specific document security features, up to the certification of overall security management system processes that security printers rely on.

 14.45 Refreshment Break Sponsored byalt

alt PANEL – Identity innovations: Plotting a course for the future

  The identity industry continues to move forward at lightning pace, with new technologies promising to revolutionise the way that services are accessed and the way people transact – between each other, online, in commercial settings, and with public administrations.This panel looks to the future. It will consider what identity innovations are likely to gain traction. It will ask what role secure government-issued credentials will play. And it will help identify the key trends that will enable identity industry stakeholders plot a course for the future
  alt  Closing Remarks
  Mark Lockie, Managing Director, Science Media Partners, Editor – Security Document World, UK
Matthew Finn, Managing Director, AUGMENTIQ, UK
 16.00 alt  Close of conference


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