Dr. Bertram Nickolay
Head of the department Security Technology
BiographyDr. Bertram Nickolay studied electrical engineering at the TU Berlin and graduated as a PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in the field of image analysis. He received the Joseph-von-Fraunhofer prize for his work in image processing and pattern recognition, as well as worldwide recognition and publicity for his work on the automated virtual reconstruction of destroyed documents. In 2013, this reconstruction technology received the European innovation prize EARTO. Dr. Nickolay also created the “biggest puzzle in the world”.
About the companyBundesdruckerei GmbH offers IT security solutions for private companies, governments and public authorities. The company's technologies and services, all "Made in Germany", protect sensitive data, communications and infrastructures.The solutions are rooted in the secure identification of citizens, customers, employees and systems in both the analogue and digital world. The company captures, manages and encrypts sensitive data, it produces documents and verification devices, develops software for high-security infrastructures and supplies passport and ID card systems, as well as automated border control solutions.
PresentationAutomated virtual reconstruction of damaged and destroyed banknotes
Since 2009, Fraunhofer IPK and Bundesdruckerei have been jointly running the SecVerification Lab Berlin. To date, the main focus of its work has been on the development and investigation of methods for verifying the authenticity of official documents. In future the focus of its activities will shift to the automated virtual reconstruction of security documents and banknotes that have been destroyed or damaged. As manual reconstruction, even of a small amount of fragments, is already enormously time-consuming, manual reconstruction of a large number of tiny fragments is frequently no longer possible or only possible with an undue expenditure of time. Accordingly, the aim of the partnership between Fraunhofer IPK and Bundesdruckerei is to develop and construct the prototype of a digitization unit.