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HSD - UNIIQ
From left to right: Herman Hartgers (HSD), Richard Franken (HSD), Ingrid van Engelshoven (City of The Hague), Erna Leenaars (Andrupos), Liduina Hammer (UNIIQ), Jan Schloen (Andrupos), Slavi Bonev (Andrupos), Hans Dreijklufft (UNIIQ) en Joris den Bruinen (HSD) - Photography © Daniel Verkijk
The Hague, 15 December 2016 –
The startup Andrupos is receiving €300,000 from the UNIIQ investment fund to develop software which enables the automatic identification of documents that are susceptible to fraud.
The investment was announced by Ingrid van Engelshoven, The Hague's alderman for The Knowledge Economy, International Affairs, Youth and Education.
The announcement took place during the annual meeting of The Hague Security Delta (HSD), where Andrupos has been based since November 2016.
Quick to trace where falsified documents come from
Establishing the authenticity of documents that are susceptible to fraud, such as birth or marriage certificates, is particularly difficult. The worldwide battle against counterfeit money networks is also complex. These are huge and urgent problems that Andrupos is helping to address by developing an innovative solution to automatically trace security documents to their original sources.
Existing systems can demonstrate the authenticity of a document based on a check of its security features. For many security documents, however, this is already very difficult to do or even impossible. The technology being developed by Andrupos will provide immediate forensic information about the document, including which printer created it, the type of paper used and where forged documents with the same biometric features have been found.

Thanks to its unique knowledge in the field of paper and printing techniques, Andrupos has developed a solution whereby a scanner with proprietary software and algorithms can identify specific biometric features of a security document. These features are then cross-checked with a proprietary reference database to determine whether the document in question was produced in the correct, official way. When this has not been the case, the software can determine if and where similar documents have turned up before. Once established, the software will be a valuable tool that will help better counter criminal networks.
 
First steps towards commercial production
“The investment from UNIIQ will allow Andrupos to develop the first prototype. With this product, we will be able to automatically research and assess physical security documents forensically,” explains Erna Leenaars, who founded Andrupos with her two German partners.
This is the fourth investment by the UNIIQ investment fund since its creation in June of this year. Liduina Hammer, UNIIQ’s fund manager, says, “I am delighted to announce the first investment in the safety and security field.

Andrupos is focussing on a clear unmet need in the identification of security documents. With its office on the HSD Campus, which hosts the largest security cluster in Europe, Andrupos is in the ideal location to move ahead with its proposition.”
 At the opening of the HSD Campus International Centre last October, Andrupos won six months’ rent-free office space.

For more information on this subject, please contact:

ANDRUPOS
Erna Leenaars
+31 6 187 874 33
e.leenaars@andrupos.com
HSD International Centre, WTC 13th floor
Prinses Beatrixlaan 582
2595 BM The Hague


About Andrupos

Andrupos was founded in 2016 by Erna Leenaars, Slavi Bonev and Jan Schloen.
With the Andrupos system, it will be possible to authenticate a document by tracing it back to its source, while establishing a central database containing information about printing techniques, printers and reference documents.
 
UNIIQ
Liduina Hammer
Fund Manager
+31 6 116 171 01
Liduina.hammer@UNIIQ.nl
www.UNIIQ.nl  
About UNIIQ
UNIIQ is € 22 million investment fund focused on the proof-of-concept phase. UNIIQ helps entrepreneurs in the province of South Holland bring their unique innovation to market faster. UNIIQ offers entrepreneurs the seed money to realize their plans, and bridges the riskiest phase from concept to promising business.
A consortium, including Erasmus MC, TU Delft, Leiden University and the regional development agency InnovationQuarter, created the fund. UNIIQ is made possible by the European Union.
Watch a short introduction to UNIIQ here: https://youtu.be/Ix9VZUsHlyU
The Hague Security Delta 
About HSD
The Hague Security Delta (HSD) is the leading security cluster in Europe. In this Dutch cluster –with important regional hubs in The Hague, Twente, and Brabant– businesses, governments, and knowledge institutions work together on innovation and knowledge in the field of safety and security. They share a common goal: more business activity, more jobs and a secure world. The core is the HSD Campus, the national innovation centre for security in The Hague.
Contact
Andrupos BV
HSD Campus / WTC
Prinses Beatrixlaan 582
2595 BM The Hague
The Netherlands