Digital Finger printing
Market Trends – Counterfeiting and Authentication
Counterfeiting is the primary driver for authentication technology. Authentication technologies universally require adding identifiers to original items. Adds cost, complexity to creation and validation of items.
Current Authentication Technologies:
- Security Printing
- Chemical Taggants
- Scratch-off Label
Current Authentication Technology Challenges
All of these methods can be duplicated. Tags can be lost or diverted. Many add a substantial extra cost and burden to the production of the goods being protected. Physically marking certain objects can damage or destroy their value or utility.
RAF’s Digital Authentication Technology
Technology that creates a “digital fingerprint” based on features that exist in documents or other target items. Digital fingerprint is created and stored at inception and retrieved to confirm authenticity as needed. No add-on markings or identifiers are required as the existing marks in the document are used. Highly accurate yet simple and inexpensive.
RAF’s Digital Authentication Benefits:
Confirms originals rather than detecting counterfeits. Registered when object’s provenance is known. Uses features of object’s native and manufactured characteristics.
- Brush strokes
- Crystal structures
Turns those features into encrypted vectors and associates these features with object name or serial number. This then creates a protected database. Used both for authentication (is this a particular object) and identification (which object is this). Takes wear-and-tear into account.