New weapon to combat counterfeit goods: use your smartphone to check for fake merchandise
Many of us have come home with a new designer bag, watch or other merchandise only to suspect or discover that it was a fake. More ominously, people die from counterfeit drugs on a daily basis. Globally, consumer counterfeit imports are worth just short of a half-a-trillion-dollars annually. The trade is growing, has spread to most industries and counterfeiters always seem to be at least one step ahead of manufacturers. As such, it is tough for consumers to feel entirely secure about their purchases.
In response, two researchers from the University of Copenhagen’s Nano-Science Center have developed a 100% pirate-safe labelling system, where individual items receive a label, a so-called ‘tag’, that corresponds with a unique fingerprint. After nearly 10,000 tests, the researchers have proved that their method works.
“You can put it on a wine bottle, a gold watch, a painting – whatever. The label needn’t be larger than a comma. And, it is impossible to copy because the probability that two items share the same fingerprint is nil,” says UCPH researcher and associate professor Thomas Just Sørensen, who along with fellow researcher Riikka Arppe-Tabbara has developed the anti-counterfeiting system that they are able to confidently refer to as “the world’s safest”.
Transparent ink as a fingerprint
The fingerprint, or ‘tag’, consists of a bit transparent ink containing various microparticles, sprayed upon a bar code on paper for example. Just as a handful of sand thrown over a surface would, the particles form a random, completely unique pattern of tiny white dots when applied. As there is no chance of creating identical patterns using this method, it is impossible to copy.
Because the ink can be sprayed over any type of bar code and onto many types of materials, the tags are inexpensive to mass-produce. The system works in such a way that each product leaving a factory receives its own fingerprint, which is then registered in a database.
Consumers can check using their phones
Counterfeit safety isn’t the only smart thing about this system. Purchasers can validate their product using an ordinary smartphone that, by way of an app, scans an item’s fingerprint and checks for a matching database image.
“When purchasing pharmaceuticals online, you have no way of knowing whether what you bought might have been produced in a Ghanaian sweatshop. Today, consumers are not able to check for themselves whether an item is genuine or not. They must trust every step of the production and supply chain. Our system provides every step in this process with equal access to the system,” says Thomas Just Sørensen.
During their 9720 tests, which included various types of mobile phones handled by a variety of users, the researchers encountered zero false positives. The researchers also tested the system together with companies that produce packaging and labels for everything from pain relievers and bottles of wine, to sneakers and tins of biscuits.
The University of Copenhagen has taken out a patent on the system, which is now only missing the software component. The researchers expect the app to be completed over the course of the year.
The Latest on: Anti-counterfeiting system
via Google News
The Latest on: Anti-counterfeiting system
- How Amazon's quest for more, cheaper products has resulted in a flea market of fakeson November 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm
Former executives say e-commerce giant, which last year spent $400 million fighting fraud and abuse, has prioritized its broad selection over anti-counterfeiting. Hermès’s $640 Clic H Bracelet ... But ...
- Kanvas Smart Pod System Empowers Cannabis Brands to Deliver Precise Dosing and Temperature Consistencyon November 12, 2019 at 4:06 pm
The latest innovation from Kanvas, the device leverages state of the art anti-counterfeiting technology to authenticate every pod that connects with the battery. “We are thrilled to expand our product ...
- PR: Schreiner ProTech develops protective, tamper-resistant and anti-counterfeiting labeling solutions for electric bike motorson November 11, 2019 at 5:22 am
The demands made on the marking, tamper protection and anti-counterfeiting solutions for Brose Antriebstechnik’s electric drive system are high. Even after years of exposure to all kinds of weather ...
- Lock and load: How closures makers are battling counterfeiterson November 11, 2019 at 4:43 am
She says: “It was born as a consumer-engagement system, and has other features, such as track-and-trace and certification. It shouldn’t be seen as a purely anti-counterfeiting solution.” The firm’s ...
- The Value of Pharmaceutical Care and the Healthcare Supply Chainon November 10, 2019 at 4:00 am
FiercePharma sits down with Bob Mauch, Group President of AmerisourceBergen, to discuss how distributors work to bring efficiencies and savings to the healthcare system. To learn more about how ...
- Anti-Counterfeiting Technologies Market Opportunity Assessments 2019-2025| Avery Dennison, Sun Chemical, Zebra Technologies, DNP, NHK SPRINGon October 24, 2019 at 2:05 am
Oct 24, 2019 (Industry News Wire via COMTEX) -- Anti-Counterfeiting Technologies Market In-depth Analysis 2019-2025 The report include a thorough study of the global Anti-Counterfeiting Technologies ...
- Ayushman Bharat- Our journey towards a healthy, caring and structured healthcare systemon October 22, 2019 at 5:33 am
Kolkata: As Ayushman Bharat completes one year of implementation, we must celebrate India’s leap closer to its intended targets of Universal Health Coverage and SDG3 goal. With more than 18,000 ...
- Italy: Anti-counterfeiting raid nets organised criminalson October 21, 2019 at 5:00 pm
A major operation organised by the Naples tax police in April 2016 resulted in 53 pre-trial detention orders against members of the Camorra – highlighting the concrete links between counterfeiting and ...
- Anti-counterfeiting tech “Most likely to succeed”on August 27, 2019 at 11:29 pm
TruTag is a new anti-counterfeting system that could be incorporated into plastics packaging for medical devices, pharmaceuticals and more. Now word has arrived of an anti-counterfeiting means ...
- Waltonchain Cuts CNY 1 Billion Anti-counterfeiting Costs Down to 100 Millionon June 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm
“I hope we can achieve true community autonomy, apply our anti-counterfeiting traceability system solutions to different industries, and eventually expand to the needs of every corner of the world.
via Bing News