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Technology Tag’Spheres by Arjowiggins Security
 
Protection strategy Product authentication
Type Covert or coded feature
System Automatic Authentication
Reader authentication
Medium Packaging: paper, carton
Authentication/Identificaton Authentication
Traceability No
Cost Price on request
Required equipment Tag’Spheres reader
Vertification level Rights holders possessing the correct reader
N.B.
Description This system consist of polymer microspheres, mainly made of polystyrene and coupled with a fluophore element dispersed in the substrate (only paper). Invisible to the naked eye, under ultraviolet and under infra-red light, the microspheres are visible exclusively using a dedicated reader. The reader is composed of an excitation source and observation filter both at specific wavelengths which allow the user to observe the invisible microspheres.
 
Strengths Undetectable to the naked eye, under neither ultraviolet nor infrared light;
No training needed;
Instant authentication;
Cost effective;
Invisible;
 
Limitations Do not guarantee product integrity or tamper evidence used by itself: pack can be refilled and reused;
Person needs to know where to “read” the inscription;
Reader for authentication and identification only available for rights holders and authorities, not user verifiable for now;
Person needs to have the dedicated reader to detect the marker;
 
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