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Advances in Digital Imaging and their Impact on the Bank of Canada's Bank Note Image Distribution Policy

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In recent years, the availability of high quality, inexpensive scanning, image editing and printing equipment has markedly increased. Images of bank notes, once difficult to obtain, are now readily available. As the availability of images has increased, so has the risk of misuse for the purpose of counterfeiting. As a direct consequence of the widespread availability of digital imaging capabilities to the general public, the Bank of Canada has made several modifications to the images it distributes, the procedures governing who is allowed to use them and the restrictions placed on their use. This paper describes circumstances which led to the development of the Bank of Canada's image distribution policy, the library of images, and the adoption of digital watermarking technology.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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