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Technology Counterfeit Detection Device n°3 (CD3)
 
Protection strategy Product authentication
Type Analytical technique
System Portable device
Medium Packaging, medicine (pills, capsules, powder)
Authentication/Identificaton Authentication
Traceability No
Cost 1’000 USD
Required equipment The device and some authentic product to compare
Vertification level Authorities; Laboratories
N.B.
Description CD3 is an hand held device, battery-operated, capable of emitting 10 different wavelengths of light such as ultraviolet, infrared etc.. Can be used on any medication capsule, tablet, powder and even on the inks, covert markings and paper on a medication’s packaging. The CD3 utilizes a variety of light sources and filters (the analyzed sample is observed through the screen of the device) to probe the absorption and reflectance characteristics of different elements (packaging and its different security elements or even the pill in itself), the different elements observed are then compared with the same elements of an authentic product under the same conditions.
 
Strengths Authentication of the different elements of the packaging;
Allow fast screening;
Portable (hand held);
Cost effective (in comparison with other portable device);
 
Limitations Do not guarantee product integrity or tamper evidence: pack can be refilled and reused;
Need to have the genuine product (or to know the different reaction of each elements under certain conditions);
Allow a fast screening on the field but do not guarantee authentication if the counterfeited product is well made (same reaction under same conditions);
Certain degree of human interpretation;
 
  Links:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mfYUkiKAJvA

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