Niskayuna, N.Y.-based GE Global Research and Pittsfield, Mass.-based SABIC Innovative Plastics have developed a secure identification card that includes holographic materials embedded within the plastic of the card.

Holograms that store material, such as a photo or fingerprint, are commonly used today in ID cards, according to the vendors. But because the holograms are stamped on the surface of a card, their authenticity can be compromised. The new card stores holograms within the card material itself, "making it virtually impossible for a card to be altered," the companies say.

The cards also are injection-moldable and can be shaped. Target uses include health insurance cards, driver's licenses, passports, employee badges and credit cards.

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