25 years of holograms on cards

24/11/08

Twenty five years’ ago MasterCard International was the first financial institution to issue credit cards featuring hologram technology as a security device, marking the birth of the authentication industry for holograms which is  now estimated to be worth $1.6 billion.

In the years since, others have embraced the technology as an effective anti-fraud device on their own cards. Here, Philip Hudson, chairman of the IHMA, traces holographic developments in the card sector over the last quarter of a century.

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