How Do Holograms Work?
Holograms are very difficult to replicate. This is because they are created using very expensive, technologically advanced equipment using a master hologram.
The master hologram is not, in fact, a photo. Rather, it is a light-field recording. This is why, as you turn the hologram, different parts appear and disappear; or there is the sense of a 3D image. This light field recording registers light from different angles, allowing perspective to change on a 2-dimentional surface.
For ID cards, these holographs are embedded into laminate sheets which are fixed to the surface of your ID cards. And, since the holographs aren’t actually photos, such sheets cannot be created with any conventional printer.
Can I just buy overlays to put over our IDs?
There are quite a few adhesive-backed ID card overlays available to the public. However, if you are able to purchase them, so is any forger.
It is always safer to outsource this procedure—ensuring that your overlay is only available through a reputable organization, who confirms customer identification.
We only make our police overlays available to confirmed departments—similarly for the fire department and hospital overlays.
Holographic Overlay Benefits
Because the overlay is a physical layer over the ID badge, it provides additional scratch resistance.
In addition to increased security, holographic overlays look beautiful. They add a level of professionalism to any ID management program.
Holographs cannon not be replicated. And, once they change when moved, they cannot be printed onto a counterfeit card. Anyone familiar with your company’s IDs will spot a fake immediately.
The added scratch resistance and durability from overlays often means card have to be replaced less often. The small investment in overlays can result in long-term savings.
Police Secure Overlay
After smart cards, a holographic overlay is the most secure solution for your IDs.
You must provide proof of representing a legitimate department to order this overlay.