Winning idea in the 2nd Edition of the IN3+ Award, the project aims to improve the logistics of the production and dispatch of the PEP (Portuguese Electronic Passport) and the CC (Citizen Card), through the use of collaborative robotics to transport products between areas security, handling and operation of an automatic warehouse and sending the final products validated for dispatch.

Based on the Industry 4.0 paradigm, it allows not only ensuring the location and safety of all valuable materials transported, but also releasing employees from heavy and automated tasks. Developed in partnership with the UNINOVA Research Center, NOVA School of Science and Technology.




Winning idea in the 1st Edition of the IN3+ Award, the project “Secret Paper – An Innovative and Low Cost Approach” coordinated by Elvira Fortunato and Rodrigo Martins, from NOVA School of Science and Technology was developed in partnership with the Materials Research Center (CENIMAT) of the NOVA School of Science and Technology. It currently owns its own brand – ALMASCIENCE, Beyond Paper – and with several initiatives underway in the health, marketing and sustainability sectors.

The ideas that won the 2nd and 3rd place were, respectively, “Manufacture of Commemorative Coins through Additive Technologies”, presented by a team of researchers from the Institute of Mechanical Engineering of the Instituto Superior Técnico, and “BlockCarPollution – Promote the use of Public and Shared Transports using Blockchain ”, presented by elements from the University of Aveiro and the company Ubiwhere.
Learn more about the ALMASCIENCEproject.




A new MRC (Machine Readable Code) developed in partnership with the University of Coimbra, and supported by an integrated and innovative system that prevents adulteration of products and facilitates their traceability.

A unique identifier that can be validated through smartphones, assuming itself as a versatile, accessible tool that makes each consumer a potential ally of brands and authorities in the fight against counterfeiting, promoting trust in the market and being able to be applied in documents identification, as well as in several goods and products of high value and quality, being therefore more subject to counterfeiting and counterfeiting. This technology is already being implemented in products such as the Portuguese tobacco tax stamp and the single automobile document.



The IDMobile – Digital Mobile Identification project developed in partnership with the Institute of Systems and Computers Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC TEC).

It intends to develop a solution for issuing digital identification documents (civil, professional, academic) whose use is made through mobile devices (smartphones, tablets), based on decentralized infrastructure (eg private, semi-private or public Blockchain), and in advanced biometrics complemented by behavioral biometrics, in accordance with GDPR and eIDAS. The great impact of this project is to fill the need that citizens increasingly have to identify themselves in a safe and credible way in the digital world and thus in an easy, fast and safe way to be able to access the most varied services.


In an identification and travel document (such as a passport or citizen card, among others), in addition to biographical data, photography is a central element for associating a document with its holder.

Several document frauds involve altering the photograph or generating a photograph that allows for false future identification. In this project, it is intended to create tools to improve the visual characteristics of the image and validate if a photograph meets international standards for issuing identification documents. This project also has the objective to carry out proof of life during the acquisition of the photograph and to create an app, for mobile devices, of facial recognition.

Project co-financed by the P2020 program.


Developed in partnership with the University of Coimbra, its objective is to create unique contrasting brands, without the possibility of being copied or falsified.

One of the goals of the UniqueMark project is to allow object authenticity testing to be performed by goldsmiths, merchants and consumers with easy-to-use tools, such as smartphones.


The Nanomarcador Project is the result of a partnership with the Materials Research Center – Institute of Nanostructures, Nanomodelling and Nanofabrication (CENIMAT/i3N) belonging to NOVA School of Science and Technology.

The project aims to produce nanomarkers for incorporation in safety inks and develop the respective reader to validate the elements.
The security elements will be printed using conventional printing methods (offset, screen printing, flexography and inkjet) for the production of highly secure documents/stamps.


The new DRE search engine is developed in partnership with the Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Research and Development (INESC ID) and continues the digital experience already provided by the Diário da República Eletrónico (DRE).

The main objective is the development of a new research tool supported by Artificial Intelligence, with Natural Language Processing (PLN), capable of responding quickly and efficiently to the highly specialized and institutional content of the DRE, the main impact of this project being the offer of a more specialized response to content research carried out by professionals, institutions, companies and citizens with the creation of an integrated application solution that offers a service for ordering search results and a service for analyzing user behaviors. This vision also allows INCM to analyze the behavior of users of the DRE, and thus increasingly adapt the search to the user’s profile, continuously improving their user experience.


In 2020, INCM’s editorial and cultural area will make the greatest effort in its history towards dematerialization and a differentiated offer of content.

At Antena 2, we launched a weekly program on «essential authors», which will later be available in podcasts. We are going to inaugurate the INCM website with its own content and totally oriented towards Portuguese literature and culture, as well as the institution’s history. We are going to start a collection of audiobooks of Portuguese classics with free availability, with 3 audiobooks expected in 2020. By the end of the year, we will have more than 200 digital editions (paid and free).
Dematerializing the culture and making it accessible to everyone is also an innovative way of reaching more and more people and attracting new readers.


The development of Additive Coins is based on the introduction of Industry 4.0 and new production and manufacturing methodologies with special focus on the potential of 3D Printing, which is an excellent solution to meet the high demand for components with increasingly complex geometries.

With the objective of using additive technologies in the manufacture of discs for coinage with complex geometric shapes and details, impossible to manufacture through the so-called “traditional technologies”, the “Additive Coins” project will allow the production and commercialization of limited series of innovative commemorative coins with three-dimensional details fixed or mobile, as well as producing coins through the combination of traditional crimping techniques and modern additive technologies.


This project results from the 2nd place in the 1st edition of the Award and aims to mint coins that are totally or partially transparent through the use of polymeric materials.

The challenge is mainly to define new production processes and methodologies that are capable of ensuring levels of cold formability, fracture toughness and dimensional stability appropriate for the creation and maintenance of the geometric details that are characteristic of the backs and sides of coins.


The MoedINOV Project results from an application to the P2020 Program, led by the Portuguese Ming and Official Printing Office (INCM), and has as a partner the University of Minho’s Center for Micro electromechanics and Systems (CMEMS).

The project aims to apply advanced material techniques to create new aesthetic effects on the collection coins. In this way, various metallic and ceramic materials are combined, leading to the development of new patters and surface textures and thus create new design solutions, meeting the high demands of this international market. As the collection coins are essentially products of authorship and art, the researches and technicians of INCM and the University of Minho work in close collaboration with the team of Professor Eduardo Aires, an internationally recognized plastic artist.



This project results from an application to the H2020 Program, in which INCM is a partner in an international consortium, and is based on technology and the blockchain model.

Through the creation of a reliable, safe, fair and privacy-compatible health data market place, we intend to achieve the possibility of including parameters such as Eletronic Health Records / Eletronic Medical Records (EHR / EMR) and medical devices, among others.

The PharmaLedger project aims to promote patient safety, through the traceability of the pharmaceutical product, helping in the fight against counterfeiting, reducing fraud and complying with European regulations and requirements. It also aims to accelerate the development and clinical testing process, while providing transparency, auditability and access control in all aspects of conducting clinical trials with multiple stakeholders, including patients and regulators.

INCM’s contribution focuses mainly on the Research line related to the drug logistics chain, where it will provide solutions for their authentication and traceability.

The main impact of this project is based on speeding up access to health data information for a more effective response in carrying out tests and clinical trials, on the one hand, and ensuring greater safety and consumer confidence in access to pharma products.


RIt results from an application to the H2020 Program, in which INCM is a partner in an international consortium and aims at the development of a cybersecurity toolkit for hospital environments, guaranteeing the security, privacy and integrity of users’ data.

The main impact of this project is the provision and training of greater security and prevention capacity of health and hospital units against cyber-attacks that jeopardize not only their normal functioning but also the integrity of their users’ data.


The April project aims to study the implementation of the latest techniques of collaborative and agile robotics in the handling of flexible materials in INCM’s manufacturing processes, more specifically in the production of the Portuguese electronic passport.

In this industry 4.0 paradigm, where human operators are in constant interaction with modern and sophisticated robots and equipment, applying the latest artificial intelligence techniques, it is possible to expect that in the end, the factory will be more dynamic, more flexible, more productive, safer and, above all, capable of valuing human capital.


The IMARS project aims to combat a specific type of fraud – morphing. Morphing is the use of documents with false photographs for crossing physical land, sea and air borders.

This type of attacks on borders is a permanent threat to society. INCM intends, with this project, to combat these attacks, introducing new security mechanisms, and improving existing ones, in the production of identification and travel documents. This technology, which uses the latest advances in artificial intelligence and image processing, can be used in many other products and security documents created by INCM.