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Technology Molded parts protection: Fingerprint by AlpVision
 
Protection strategy Product authentication
Type Covert or coded feature
System Automatic authentication
Software authentication
Medium Molded parts: plastic bottles and caps, containers and lids, medical devices (e.g. flip off vial seals, syringe plunger and cap) and medicinal tablets (stamped, not coated)
Authentication/Identificaton Authentication
Traceability No*
Cost Price on request
Required equipment Office Scanner + computer + the application
or iPhone 4 (or later) + the application
Vertification level Authorities;
Some intermediates of the supply chain
N.B. The molds of line of products rarely change
Description Technology based on the intrinsic microscopic surface irregularities of a molded surface. A digital image of the surface, of a molded part, is stored in a database, this image is used as a reference to perform the authentication of an entire line of objects produced by the same mold cavity.
The product’s authenticity is verified with a office scanner and a computer or an iPhone equipped with AlpVision’s product authentication application and a list of digital references images. The verification only takes 3 seconds. The list of reference images is product specific.
The original mold cavity can be identified and thanks to this software solution, help the brand owner locate the manufacturer and determine the approximate production date (*).
 
Strengths Analysis of an intrinsic part of the product: no additional production cost;
No training needed;
Impossible to copy;
Instant authentication;
Cost effective;
Robust : can be read even with a certain level of damage;
The software enables to identify the original mold and locate the equipment manufacturer and determine the approximate production date;
Possibility to obtain logistics data thanks to the database Krysos (location of the authentication, number of authentication, etc.. );
 
Limitations Application for authentication only available for rights holders and authorities, not user verifiable for now;
Over time the use of the mold leads to a modification of the mold cavity and reference images need to be retaken;
Can only be used on matte-finished surfaces and non-coated medical tablets;
 
  Links:http://www.alpvision.com/solid-parts-authentication.html

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