ANDRUPOS: Automatic Non-Destructive Recognition of Used Printing Techniques on Substrates

ANDRUPOS is a leading edge web based automated document examination system capable of authenticating printing techniques, printer and paper sources.
It is built on research projects and studies, in which the feasibility and the relevant technologies in ICT, software and analysis technologies have been validated and tested with pilot users.
ANDRUPOS is a game changer in document fraud detection such as banknotes, ID cards, stamps, tickets, contracts, bills, financial documents, threatening letters and other. It enables for the first time an automatic reliable detection method, giving quick and confident reports on possible fraud.
Another innovate feature is the ablility to link counterfeits with printers, so that different counterfeits
and cases can be traced back to organised criminal groups.
Identifying the source printer and the knowledge of distinctive printer and printing details of a document are important steps in fighting crime like forgery or threathening letters.
In this context, the objectives of our overall innovation project are to develop technologies for a software based, automated and non-destructive analysis of printed documents in terms of the identification of the utilised printing technology (like offset-, intaglio-, ink jet-, laser-, solid ink- und thermal print, xerography, magnetography, liquid toner and other), for digital printing technlogies also the print engine and the printer brand and model or even serial number/specific printer.
Printed Document Examination
Printed Document Examination
Printed Document Examination
Fraudulent identity and security documents are integral prerequisites for the smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons, terrorist mobility, to facilitate the smuggling of drugs, weapons and other goods, simplifying cross-border crime of all types. Counterfeited or manipulated documents enable opening of a bank account or receiving illegal social insurance benefits.
Even if document fraud is detected, prosecution is difficult as manual linkage between counterfeiters by their used printing equipment is very complex
With the knowledge of printing information of a single printed document different analysis use cases can be set up comprising also examinations of a set of documents like determining if all pages are printed with the same printer. It will also be possible with the help of the Andrupos system to link questioned documents to a single printer item (i.e. linking of different cases worldwide). Therefore it is the first system that has a tool to also link organized crime (they often use counterfeit id-documents, printed on the same source) in an earlier stage.
This developed analysis software will be integrated into a web based server system.
Client applications on different types of devices (desktop pcs, mobile devices) then can post scanned (magnified) images sections of the documents in question via internet to the server.
The server application receives the data, analyses the image and matches the extracted features with the database entries (printing technologies, printer brands, printer mode).
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ANDRUPOS is an European project:

Funded by:
HORIZON2020 SME Instrument Phase I:
Work programme topic DRS-17-2014-1: Critical infrastructure protection topic 7
SME instrument topic: “Protection of Urban soft targets and urban critical infrastructures“


Funded by:
(only the dutch partner):

Hello Tomorrow Challenge Top 500


Andrupos has been selected, among more than 3,000 projects, as part of Hello Tomorrow’s TOP 500 early-stage science startups worldwide.
Hello Tomorrow is the world’s leading nonprofit to accelerate science and tech entrepreneurship, so it is the world’s biggest early-stage startup competition for science and deep technology startups.
The Hello Tomorrow judging committee selected the top 10 applications per track on each continent (Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and North & Central America) based on the quality of their online application. This resulted in 100 applications per continent, which were then compiled into the Continental Ranking of the Top 500 Startups.
These Top 500 startups were selected by a rigorous panel of industry experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, who reviewed over 3,000 applications to select the startup projects that have the most potential.

Horizon 2020 - Seal of Excellence

ANDRUPOS: WAS SUCCESSFUL IN A HIGHLY COMPETITIVE EVALUATION PROCESS AS AN INNOVATIVE PROJECT PROPOSAL and is recommended for funding by other sources since Horizon 2020 resources available for this specific call were already allocated following a competitive ranking.

Andrupos receives start capital


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.

Andrupos BV
HSD Campus / WTC
Prinses Beatrixlaan 582
2595 BM The Hague
The Netherlands