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The Authentication Times Issue 28

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Dear Reader,
Welcome to the first issue of the year and wish you a Happy 2016!
We hope this year is filled with joyful learning, abundant opportunity, and success in all that you choose to do.
Coming to The Authentication Times, the current edition focuses on the issue of counterfeit pesticides that are being rampantly used in India. Agriculture industry, which is the backbone of our Indian economy, is facing multiple threats from the growth of these counterfeit pesticides. Though the problem is not a new one and exists since last 35 years, however, the situation has become worse in the last five years. The counterfeit pesticides industry in India is growing at an annual rate of 20 per cent. If not immediately addressed, it
can reach up to 40 per cent (approximately) share by value in the pesticides industry by 2019.
Our cover story highlights this core issue and details on its various types along with the reasons for the increase in counterfeit pesticides.
The story also brings to light the authentication solutions that can be implemented in India to curb this menace to a great extent in the interest of farmers, industry and country.
In this issue, you will also find an interesting interview with Pantec GS Systems and Arkansas Tobacco Control, various industry updates, news bytes, counterfeit seizure report and global patents.
We thank you for your continual support and look forward to receive your feedback.
Sincerely,
Chander S Jeena
Editor

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The Authentication Times Issue 28

  1. 1. www.aspaglobal.com 1 The Authentication Times Issue 28 TheAuthenticationTimesJanuary 2016 | Volume 10 | Issue 28 www.aspaglobal.com The official newsletter of Authentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA) Identify fake pesticides with authentication solutions
  2. 2. Diverse technologies, common goal. ASPA wishes you a fraud free www.aspaglobal.com www.aspaglobal.com 2 The Authentication Times Issue 28 Dear Reader, Welcome to the first issue of the year and wish you a Happy 2016! We hope this year is filled with joyful learning, abundant opportunity, and success in all that you choose to do. Coming to The Authentication Times, the current edition focusses on the issue of counterfeit pesticides that are being rampantly used in India. Agriculture industry, which is the backbone of our Indian economy, is facing multiple threats from the growth of these counterfeit pesticides. Though the problem is not a new one and exists since last 35 years, however, the situation has become worse in the last five years. The counterfeit pesticides industry in India is growing at an annual rate of 20 per cent. If not immediately addressed, it can reach up to 40 per cent (approximately) share by value in the pesticides industry by 2019. Our cover story highlights this core issue and details on its various types along with the reasons for the increase in counterfeit pesticides. The story also brings to light the authentication solutions that can be implemented in India to curb this menace to a great extent in the interest of farmers, industry and country. In this issue, you will also find an interesting interview with Pantec GS Systems and Arkansas Tobacco Control, various industry updates, news bytes, counterfeit seizure report and global patents. We thank you for your continual support and look forward to receive your feedback. Sincerely, Chander S Jeena Editor In this issue Viewpoint Policy initiatives 3 Investment and 4 financials Strategic moves 5 Security 6 enhancements Event review 8 Identify fake 10 pesticides with authentication solutions Face to face 16 Market report 19 Industry updates 20
  3. 3. www.aspaglobal.com 3 The Authentication Times Issue 28 Policy initiatives Armenia joins international fight against counterfeit medicines Intellectual Property Protection Advisory Board launched at Dubai International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA) launched at Miami, USA Armenia joined the international fight against the crimes, which may cause threat to public health as a result of distribution and sales of counterfeitmedicalproducts.The Armenian Parliament discussed the issue of Armenia’s accession to the convention of Council of Europe on “Counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes posing a risk to the public health”. Mr. Sergey Khachatryan, Health Minister of Armenia, mentioned that the convention also refers to the criminalisation of acts of deception to mislead the public by fake documents, false packaging or labelling Source: www.armenpress.am In order to erase counterfeit productsfromDubaiandensure purchase of original goods by the consumers, the Department of Economic Development (DED), Dubai, has announced the launch of the ‘Intellectual Property Protection Advisory Board. This is to bring businesses and the government together to combat counterfeiting and trademark violations. The first-of-its-kind public-private partnership across the world to protect Intellectual Property (IP), the Board is aimed at strengthening Dubai’s reputation as a competitive businessdestinationandenhance the UAE’s position across global competitiveness rankings. Source: www.emirates247.com To respond to the need for better understanding of the benefits of excise tax stamps and tax stamp technologies, as well as to promote high professional standards in this sector, new International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA) was launched at Miami, USA. The event took place immediately before the opening of the 2015 Tax Stamp Forum, which ran from 11-13 November, 2015 at the Trump National Doral Hotel in Miami. Membership of ITSA is open to legally incorporated companies and businesses that supply tax stamp components and features, as well as finished tax stamps, equipment for stamp design, manufacture, application and authentication, and systems for coding and marking stamps. Nicola Sudan of Reconnaissance has been appointed as Secretary General of this association and can be contacted at +27 21 911 0170 or email nicola@ reconnaissance-intl.com. Source: www.its-association.org From left: Zbigniew Sagan (Advanced Track & Trace), Juan Yanez (Thomas Greg & Sons), Francis Goossens (Thomas Greg & Sons), Christine Macqueen (SICPA), Kelly Smith (Ashton Potter), Thanapol Kongboonma (Chanwanich), Michel Mariton (Hologram Industries), Nicola Sudan (Secretary General & Reconnaissance), Nampetch Chivakul (Chanwanich)
  4. 4. www.aspaglobal.com 4 The Authentication Times Issue 28 Investment and financials Pollard announces record revenue in third quarter financial Peruri reports 20 per cent increase in Q3 profit INNOVIA spends £15m to set up new line for UK banknotes Printer Ashton Potter poised for growth with new facility in 2016 Pollard, one of the largest providers of instant tickets, releaseditsthirdquarterfinancial results ended September 30, 2015. The company has achieved sales of $57.9 million, compared to $53.5 million in the three months ended September 30, 2014. “The lottery industry is a growing, progressive business looking for creative partners,” stated Co-Chief Executive Officer Doug Pollard, “and we are dedicated to meeting these high expectations. Our approach to supporting lotteries through all channels and products is critical for our success. Products such as our new Eco ScratchTM environmentally friendly ticket is a great example of an innovative product gaining significant lottery acceptance.” Source: www.newswire.ca State-owned printing Company PerusahaanUmumPercetakan Uang Republik Indonesia (Perum Peruri) recorded a 20 per cent increase in net profit to Rp231 billion in the third quarter of this year compared with the same period last year. The operating income of the company was Rp2.17trillioninthethirdquarter of this year,” Peruri President Director Prasetio informed. He added that this year Peruri recorded a good performance with operating income surging in the third quarter from Rp1.72 trillion in the same period last year. Its operating profit grew 42 per cent to Rp373 billion in the third quarter, he said. Source: www.antaranews.com Innovia Films opened a new production line that will manufacture material for the Bank of England’s first polymer bank notes. The company has spent £15m setting up the new line, which uses its unique ‘bubble’ process to make a polymer film known as Clarity C. This will be coated at a purpose- built opacification plant, also at Wigton, before being sent for printing at a De La Rue’s high- security bank note press in Essex. Wigton will produce the material for 2bn £5 and £10 bank notes over the next five years. The £5 note, featuring Winston Churchill, enters circulation next autumn followed by a £10 note depicting Jane Austen in 2017. Source: www.cumberlandnews. co.uk Canadian-born, U.S.-bred securityprinterAshtonPotter will be poised with a new facility in 2016. The 200-employee companyrecentlymadeheadlines with the news that it was constructing a 55,000-square- foot office, manufacturing and storage facility, a $3.2 million project. The new space, complete with a 127-vehicle parking lot and loading dock, will enable Ashton Potter to exit a leased space and move in next door to its headquarters. It is among the largest suppliers of stamps and stamped envelopes to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and churns out roughly a quarter of the world’s stamps in both pressure- sensitive label and water- activated gum (WAG) form. Source: www.piworld.com
  5. 5. www.aspaglobal.com 5 The Authentication Times Issue 28 Nanotech & Hueck Folien signs MoU De La Rue announces completion of manufacturing footprint review Hologram Industries becomes Surys ASSA ABLOY acquires IAI industrial systems B.V. Nanotech Security Corp and Hueck Folien GmbH of Baumgartenberg, Austria announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding whichcontemplatesanoperational agreement to collaborate in the production of a colour shifting security feature in optical thin film (OTP). The OTF product is anticipated to initially be used in banknotes as threads and then expand into other markets in the future. The proposed agreement reflects a mutual commitment for extensive co-development work at both companies on equipment and technology over the past year. Working closely together, the alliance will focus on maximizing global opportunities utilizing Nanotech’s colour shifting thin film technologies combined with HueckFolien’s large volume production and worldwide distribution channels. Source: www.otcmarkets.com De La Rue plc (“De La Rue” or “the Group”) announces the results of its review to optimise the manufacturing footprint. This demonstrates positive early progress on the delivery of the five year strategic plan. The main conclusions are: • Reduction in banknote print capacity from 8bn banknotes per annum to 6bn and in the number of production lines from eight to four • Expected savings in excess of £13m per annum from FY18/19 in additionto the Group’s existing ongoing cost saving initiatives • Threecentresofexcellencefor banknote print: Gateshead in the U.K., Kenya and Sri Lanka. Closure of Malta banknote production • Associated capex of less than £30m, half of which is incremental to normal annual run rate, and exceptional restructuring costs of £8m • Creation of centre for excellence for Identity and Security Print in Malta as part of Invest and Build strategy. Source: www.delarue.com ASSA ABLOY has entered into a definitive agreement with DOCDATA N.V. to acquire IAI industrial systems B.V. and its subsidiaries (“IAI”), a leading Dutch company specializing in security printing solutions for government ID, bank notes and other security solutions. “IAI is an important technological additiontotheASSAABLOYGroup. The company complements our current offering within secure identity solutions. The acquisition of IAI considerably enhances the Group´s position within government ID and will provide complementary growth opportunities,” says Johan Molin, President and CEO of ASSA ABLOY. “The addition of the IAI portfolio to HID’s expertise in the field of secure identity documents sets HID apart in the industry as the only company offering a full range of both identity card and passport personalization solutions coupled with the production of high-quality, high-security documents.”, says Stefan Widing, Executive Vice President ASSA ABLOY and Head of business unit HID Global. Source: www.news.cision.com Secure identity solutions developer Hologram Industries has become Surys, creating a new player in eID and identity document providers. Speaking to Security Document World at Cartes, Surys President HuguesSouparis said that the change in name was designed to reflect the company’s wide- ranging offerings. “SURYS offers solutions to ensure that national IDs, travel documents, drivers’ licences are easy to authenticate and hard to counterfeit,” notes the new company on its website. The newly created companies offeringsincludeidentity,vehicles, bank notes and brand solutions, including products which can authenticate using smartphones. Source: www.surys.com Johan Molin President and CEO of ASSA ABLOY. Strategic moves
  6. 6. www.aspaglobal.com 6 The Authentication Times Issue 28 Security enhancements Kazakh National Bank unveils new 20,000-Tenge note Kazakh National Bank has unveiled new 20,000-tenge bank note on December 1. This bank note was created in 2013 and was signed by then-Chairman of the National Bank GrigoryMarchenko, who planned to dedicate it to the 20th anniversary of the tenge in November 2013. Its design is similar to other bank notes: its face contains mainly vertical pictures; the back, horizontal. Its dimensions are 155 millimetres long and 79 millimetres wide. The note is grey blue and features trans-illuminated from both sides, a composite thread mark in the form of the Samruk mythical bird and its contour lines in the form of a transparent window. Source: www.astanatimes.com Banks in Ethiopia to issue standardized cheques to tackle forgery National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) has piloted use of standardized cheques in all banks of Ethiopia from the end of November 2015, Addis Fortune reported. The standardized cheques are identical in appearance, except for logos of individual banks. They have security features which will make them difficult to forge. NBE for the purpose of tackling forgery and speeding up clearing and settlement processes has taken the initiative of issuing the standardized cheques in 2013. The long process of clearing and settling post-dated cheques will no more be in place when the standardized cheques are introduced. There will be a digital platform for financial transactions that can be made with a simple swipe at the scanner, communicating the messege via an integrated network developed by ET-Switch. Thus there will no longer be physical transfer of cheques. NBE has awarded the contract to Madrass Security Printers, an Indian company with 25 years’ of experience in security printing. Source: africa-ontherise.com China releases newYUAN banknote China’s central bank released a new 100-yuan banknote in November 2015. The design stays largely the same as its former series, but the new banknotes are harder to conterfeit and easier for machines to read. The 100-yuan note is the largest denomination of the Chinese currency. The new note will be the third edition of the fifth series, which was introduced in 1999. The second edition, which is in current use, was issued in 2005. Counterfeit prevention is in the center of this upgrade. Colour- changing ink will be applied to the pattern of the number 100 in the centre of the note. The colour will change from golden to green when the angle is adjusted. Other new features include a security line on the right of the bill, which will change from hot pink to green when the viewing angle is adjusted, and a textured pattern across the image of the Great Hall of the People on the back of the note. Source: www.en.people.cn
  7. 7. www.aspaglobal.com 7 The Authentication Times Issue 28 Security enhancements Turkey to issue biometric passports in 2016 Turkey is preparing to issue biometric passports to its citizens as part of an agreement with the European Union. Government officials say they plan to begin printing the new passports in March, and will issue new citizen ID cards at the same time. The move is intended to comply with recent agreements with the European Union, which recently offered 3 billion euros to Turkey as part of an arrangement that will see Turkey help the EU to manage a major influx of refugees. In return, Turkish citizens will gain access to the Schengen zone, an area largely comprising EU member states that allows relatively unrestricted travel within its borders. But a condition of that access is the implementation of biometric passports. It is a major security matter as some EU members call for even stricter border controls over security concerns. Source: www.refworld.com UK unveils new passports design The Home Office has unveiled the new designs for UK passports. The new book celebrates 500 years of creativity in the United Kingdom and features well known images from artists, landmarks, architecture, iconic British innovations and the performing arts. The new travel documents, which are updated every five years, feature advances in the use of security printing by using UV and infrared light, inks and watermarks to stop fraudsters from forging the new designs. Source: www.gov.uk
  8. 8. www.aspaglobal.com 8 The Authentication Times Issue 28 Cover Story Introduction: The Agriculture Industry, which is the backbone of our Indian economy, is facing multiple threats from the growth of fake pesticides. According to a latest study conducted by FICCI, the fake pesticides industry in India was estimated at INR 3,200 crore (USD 525 million) in 2013, which accounted for 25 per cent by value and 30 per cent by volume ofthedomesticpesticideindustry in 2013. The study indicates that this market is expected to grow at the rate of 20 per cent per annum in terms of value, and if not addressed, can reach to approximately 40 per cent share byvalueinthepesticidesindustry by 2019. The problem is extreme in many States including Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Consequences of counterfeit pesticides: The contribution of the Indian agriculture sector in the Indian GDP already declined from 19.34 per cent in 2001-02 to 15.79 per cent in 2013-14. Moreover, as per census 2011, India has approximately 119 million cultivators and this number is decreasing by approximately 2,000 every day. This trend is worrying and will create a natural stretch on the agriculture sector in the future. The growth by C S Jeena It has been over three decades since India Today, one of India’s leading publication covered a story on the problem of fake pesticides in Punjab and Haryana. In these last 35 years, the predicament of farmers in India has worsened year by year, as they continue to fight a grim battle against fake pesticides. On the other hand, the fake pesticides industry in India has been growing at an annual rate of 20 per cent and now constitutes approximately 30 per cent of the total crop protection market. While fighting fake pesticides is a complex problem, the adoption of new generation authentication solutions can greatly help various stakeholders in tackling this growing menace. The article highlights this core issue and details on its various types along with the reasons for the increase in counterfeit pesticides. The story also brings to light the authentication solutions that can be implemented in India to curb this menace to a great extent in the interest of farmers, industry and country. Identify fake pesticides with authentication solutions • Counterfeit pesticides industry in India is estimated as ` 3,200 crore (US $ 525 million) in 2013 • Expected to a grow with 20 percent per annum in value terms and if not addressed, can reach to approximately 40 percent share by value in the pesticides industry by 2019
  9. 9. www.aspaglobal.com 9 The Authentication Times Issue 28 Cover Story Financial Year Counterfeit pesticides Reported by market size in India (`) 2008-09 ` 1,200 crore Agrochemicals Policy Group (APG) 2009-10 ` 1,400 crore Agrochemicals Policy Group and FICCI report on Indian Agrochemical industry http://www.ficci.com/events/20563/ add_docs/sectorbrief.pdf 2013 ` 3,200 crore FICCI & Tata Strategic Management Group Press Release dated Sep 23, 2015 of spurious pesticides is adding fuel to the fire as India suffered a loss of 10.6 million tons of food grain production in 2015-16. In light of this, India’s position as one of the leading food grain exporters in the world is also at stake.Thereisnodenyingthatthe damage through such products is multi-fold and the counterfeit pesticides pose a significant threat to various stakeholders. These include: a) Farmers: Risk of life & valuable crop loss: Various cases of farmers committing suicide due to loss of crops have been reported by the media. Although there are various reasons for the loss of crops, the involvement of fake pesticides can’t be ignored or denied. Spurious pesticides are known to damage the crops resulting in a decreased yield or at times, even destroying a field. Some examples of this include: - Punjab: More than half of 5 lakhs hectares’ cotton crop was completely destroyed - Jammu and Kashmir: Crop production went down by 50 per cent - Fake pesticides are a serious threat to the Kashmir apple industry which is worth ` 4,000 crore (US $ 750 million) b) Consumers: Risk of Health Counterfiet pesticides pose increased risks to consumers through unknown and untested residues. Unlike legal, registered products, spurious pesticides could contain unknown toxic impurities and have not been tested for human health impact. Residues of unknown and untested substances could get carried into harvested food and compromise consumer health, whilst also posing health threats to farmers through exposure duringapplication.In2013,atotal of 23 children died in Bihar after they consumed contaminated free school lunches containing monocrotphos pesticides. c) Government: Risk of reputation, exports and economic damages Increased cases of spurious pesticides make the public lose their confidence in the government’s ability to regulate the agricultural sector effectively. In 2013-14, India exported 29 million tons of food grains (worth ` 1,578 billion) and 3 million tons of fruit and vegetables worth ` 88 billion. In such a scenario, India’s position as one of the leading food grain exporters in the world is also at stake as there is increased possibility of rumours or sabotage by other countries or rejection of Indian exports Table: Counterfeit pesticides market size in India • Fake pesticides a threat to Kashmir apple industry worth ` 4,000 crore (US $ 750 million) • In 2013-14 India exported 29 million tons of food grains (worth ` 1,578 billion) and 3 million tons of fruit and vegetables worth ` 88 billion * 1 billion = 100 crore
  10. 10. www.aspaglobal.com 10 The Authentication Times Issue 28 goods items from developed countries. In recent years, the European Union and Saudi Arabia temporarily stopped buying some varieties of vegetables from India after detecting pesticide residues in the exported produce. Indian officials say such cases result from the overuse of chemicals. The latest cases of rejection include that of Soybean and Alphanso Mango. Not only this, the government loses not just the tax revenue but also its prestigious goodwill and reputation. d) Industry: Loss of sales and reputation Due to the presence of counterfeit pesticides, the farmers lose faith in legitimate products and companies, which result in loss of reputation and customer trust. Also at stake are the Indian crop protection industry, which is estimated at ` 25,000 crore (US $ 4.1 billion) in Financial Year 2014 along with the Food Retail industry. e) Environmental risk Thereishighriskofenvironmental contamination and adverse effects on groundwater, following crops and biodiversity. Firstly, the production of counterfeit products may subvert environmental regulations leading to the production processes and waste contaminating the land, air and water. Secondly, the use of counterfeit products, such as pesticides, may cause severe crop and environmental damage. Thirdly, the destruction of counterfeit products can result in more landfill waste or toxic fumes from incineration. Types of counterfeit pesticides: To fight any type of counterfeit activity, one needs to first understand the nature, extent and reasons behind the increase of such activity in various sectors as it varies by market and can originate from many different sources in different forms. The three main forms of counterfeit pesticides are; a) Fake pesticides: These products are often sold in simple packs (white bottles) with minimal information on the label about their use and no mention of any health or environmental precautions. They contain anything from water or talc, to diluted and outdated or obsolete stocks, including banned or restricted materials. Some fakes also provide a degree of biological control, as they sometimes may contain an illegal and untested copy of the proprietary active substance. b) Counterfeits of genuine branded products: These are sophisticated copies of legitimate branded products usually with high quality of labelling and packaging. Most contain a copy of the original active substance; however, its biological efficacy is often diminished owing to high level impurities of manufacturing and process by-products. Such products are often difficult to be distinguished from the genuine ones. Mostly, farmers are fooled into buying them unknowingly in absence of proper education and awareness. In various cases, counterfeiters purchase genuine, empty bottles Cover Story The Indian crop protection industry which is estimated at ` 25000 crore (US $ 4.1 billion) in Financial Year 2014 and the Food Retail industry is at stake due to all these incidents
  11. 11. www.aspaglobal.com 11 The Authentication Times Issue 28 Cover Story Only 25-30 percent of farmers are aware of the use of pesticides and don’t ask for specified chemical or brand and often ignore if specified details are not available on products from the farmers on as high as 25 per cent of the M.R.P. mentioned on the original bottle. This way, the counterfeiters put substandard ingredients into the bottle and resell it. c) Illegal parallel imports: These are legitimate parallel traded products substituted with illegal generic copies, repackaged and sold as legitimate products. Reasons behind increase of counterfeit pesticides The problem is increasing because of various factors like; a) Difficulty in identification of fake products with legitimate one due to lack of awareness: In India, majority of the farmers are illiterate and there exists a lack of education and awareness at the farmer level. Only 25-30 per cent of farmers are aware of the correct use of pesticides. Many do not ask for specified chemicals or brands and often ignore if specific details are not available on the products. Ironically, even though the food manufacturers and producers are consumer-oriented companies, they do not speak publicly about this problem. Many food companies do recognize the challenges but prefer to resolve these quietly and directly with their suppliers. The main disadvantage of this practice is that it does not bring the problem out in the open and consequently thousands of food producers remain uninformed about the existence of this grave issue and thus how to deal with it. It is important that farmer organisations and Co-ops play a leading role in increasing awareness about the risks of using counterfeits. b) Lack of monitoring and surveillance In India, the responsibility of enforcement is divided between the regional and national authorities but the political divisions and sensitivities have led to weak enforcement coordination and action. At national levels, this requires multi-disciplined specialists’ teams with skills in policing and prosecution, chemicals, agriculture, customs, environment, etc. These skills are available, but more often than not are not working together. c) Focus on high-profile sectors National anti-counterfeit activities tend to focus on high profile sectors where the VAT losses are largest (luxury goods, CDs, clothing, software, pharmaceuticals). Less high profile sectors like farmers do not get the requisite resources– despite the acute environmental and health threats posed by counterfeit pesticides. d) Inadequate judicial frameworks and penalties India does not have adequate legislation to properly prosecute counterfeiting. For example, in some countries, it is illegal to buy or sell counterfeits, but not to possess them. Other countries have inadequate penalties. In one known case, a convicted counterfeiter found in possession of hundreds of tons of illegal pesticides was only given a very small fine. e) Challenges of quantifying the problem It is difficult to present detailed data of the extent and growth of the problem because of its illegal nature. This is the same problem
  12. 12. www.aspaglobal.com 12 The Authentication Times Issue 28 Cover Story encountered by all sectors who face counterfeiting. Even in areas where judicial authorities devote significant resources, like illegal cigarette smuggling or narcotics, the estimates of the size of the problem vary wildly. Role of authentication Solutions in fighting this menace Counterfeiters today are tech savvy and can easily produce packaging material similar or better than that of genuine products. But, if there is a problem, there are solutions. Technology-based solutions could be one of the strategies to counter the problem. Various studies and scholars have attempted to propose technology-based solutions to combat fake agro-inputs products in the supply chain. The proven adoption of these technologies by countries like Tanzania and Uganda can be treated as case studies. These authentication solutions have multiple benefit as they provide a) tamper proof packaging; b) product authentication and c) tracking and tracing of product Proposed solutions for India (see figure 1) In India, farmers do not have any tool/medium to differentiate genuine pesticides from fake ones at the time of purchase. Due to lack of awareness and illiteracy, they rely on the visual appeal and can only check the quality of products with the marking of ISI/AGMARK. However, with the advancement in digital technology, it has become easy for unethical manufacturers to produce fake ISI/AGMARK products as well. Farmers only come to know about counterfeit pesticides after there has been a lossofcroporfield.However,until Figure1: Authentication solution to identify fake pesticides (high security holographic label with track and trace solution) Via text message The ID code can be verified with a mobile phone. Via missed call Farmers can check the authenticity of pesticides by giving a missed call at 1800 180 1551 (Toll free) At the Point-of Sale via mobile app Consumers can check the originality of a product with a smartphone directly at the POS. For that they have to scan the QR code and follow the instructions of the website they are directed to. Via Internet The product label can also be checked via website which can be open with every browser. Via Extranet Customs / enforcement authorities can log in the secure extranet server and check the hidden security features, which are only visible with magnifying glasses or special reading devices. At the Point-of Sale Consumers can check the originality of a product with a smartphone directly at the POS. For that they have to scan the QR code and follow the instructions of the website they are directed to. to the website to verify the originality of the product. Via Extranet Experts or customs agents can log in the tesa connect & check extranet® and check the hidden security features, which are only visible with magnifying glasses or special reading devices. Via Internet The tesa connect & check website® can be opened with every browser via PC, notebook or mobile phone and the security features of the label can be checked. Via text message The ID code can be veri ed with a mobile phone. At the Point-of Sale Consumers can check the originality of a product with a smartphone directly at the POS. For that they have to scan the QR code and follow the instructions of the website they are directed to. Via Mobile Web The printed QR code on the label can be captured with a smartphone. The ID code as well as the website for authentication are integrated in the QR code. The user is therefore directly forwarded to the website to verify the originality of the product. Via Extranet Experts or customs agents can log in the tesa connect & check extranet® and check the hidden security features, which are only visible with magnifying glasses or special reading devices. Via Internet The tesa connect & check website® can be opened with every browser via PC, notebook or mobile phone and the security features of the label can be checked. Via text message The ID code can be veri ed with a mobile phone. At the Point-of Sale Consumers can check the originality of a product with a smartphone directly at the POS. For that they have to scan the QR code and follow the instructions of the website they are directed to. Via Mobile Web The printed QR code on the label can be captured with a smartphone. The ID code as well as the website for authentication are integrated in the QR code. The user is therefore directly forwarded to the website to verify the originality of the product. Via Extranet Experts or customs agents can log in the tesa connect & check extranet® and check the hidden security features, which are only visible with magnifying glasses or special reading devices. Via Internet The tesa connect & check website® can be opened with every browser via PC, notebook or mobile phone and the security features of the label can be checked. 1800 180 1551 Proven adoption of authentication technologies by countries like Tanzania and Uganda can be treated as case studies
  13. 13. www.aspaglobal.com 13 The Authentication Times Issue 28 Cover Story that happens, there is no way to analyse the contaminants in the fakeproductsasthefarmersapply the in all of their crops, or use up the packing materials. Therefore, there remains a constant need to spread awareness on ‘How to identify genuine pesticides from the fake ones?’ The usage of authentication technologies on pesticides products can be of great help to the farmers and authorities, not only in identifying the fake products but in identifying the counterfeiters involved in the fake pesticides’ business as well. Further, the government authorities can use anti-counterfeiting devices comprising of overt, covert and forensic security features. Examples of such tools are security hologram seal and labels, tamper evident security film, low cost transponder tags, and light sensitive ink designs. Integrated with track and trace technologies, these solutions can help farmers and enforcement authorities in identification of genuine and fake pesticides. All these anti-counterfeiting solutions (label) can be linked with the database of our Indian Government Kisan Call Centre. According to the Indian Government, nearly 70 lakh farmers across the country are registered with the KISAN SMS Portal. The farmers can easily check the originality of pesticides by giving a missed call or SMS at the toll free number 1800- 180-1551. A message is then sent to each farmer in his preferred language and contains information about the pesticide’s batch number, expiry date and originality. Conclusion Adopting authentication solutions is a win-win situation for all the stakeholders; as the brand owner and the authorities enjoytherevenuesandtax/duties respectively and the consumer has an access to the original product. These authentication solutions also help the end consumer to identify a genuine product in turn winning his loyalty and boosting the brand value. References and Sources: • Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in association with Tata Strategic Management Group (TSMG), Study on Sub-Standard Spurious / Counterfeit Pesticides in India 2015- Report • http://www.tsmg.com/resources/ reports.html • Tribune News Service, Agri chief held in pesticide scam, • http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/ punjab/agri-chief-held-in-pesticide- scam/141746.html • The Dollar Business, Agri Exports worth $ 27billion at stake due to fake pesticides says study, • https://www.thedollarbusiness.com/ agri-exports-worth-27-billion-at-stake- due-to-fake-pesticides-says-study/ • DNA India, Fake pesticides may cause rejection of soybean, • http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report- fake-pesticides-may-cause-rejection-of- soybean-1890611 • Press Trust of India, Use of genuine agrochemicals can raise pulses output by 25% • http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/use- of-genuine-agrochemicals-can-raise- pulses-output-by-25per cent/1/533972. html • Tesa Scribos Solutions for Chemical Industry, tesa PrioSpot® and tesa VeoMark® • http://www.tesa-scribos.com/eng/ markets/chemical_industry • Combating Fake Agro-Inputs Products in Tanzania using Mobile Phones, International Journal of Computer Applications (0975 – 8887) Volume 97– No.17, July 2014 • Frederick M. Fishel, UF/IFAS Extension, University of Florida, PI-174, The Global increase in Counterfeit Pesticides • https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pi210 • CropLife International, Anti- Counterfeiting. • https://croplife.org/crop-protection/ anti-counterfeiting/ The farmers can easily check the originality of pesticides by giving a missed call or SMS at toll free number 1800- 180-1551. The message can be provided to each farmer’s in his preferred language and contain information about the pesticides batch number, expiry date and originality
  14. 14. www.aspaglobal.com 14 The Authentication Times Issue 28 Event review The Holography ConferenceTM Shanghai, China, 2-4 December 2015 T he 25th International Holography Conference organised by Reconnaissance International was held on December 2-4, 2015 at Shanghai, China. Holography ConferenceTM is a major event for hologram manufacturers across the globe to discuss the latest developments in holography industry. The event saw active participation of approximately 140 delegates from 80 organisations and 24 countries. The Conference was supoorted by ASPA as their media and association partner and well sponsored by companies across the globe. Some of the sponsors included China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation (CBPM) as Platinum Sponsors, DiArts, Giriraj Foils, Optaglio, Sanjan Packing Machinery, Wood & Associates International as Silver Sponsors, IHMA and China Trade Association for Anti- Counterfeiting as Association. The companies exhibited at this forum included; • Combustion Ingenieros • Computer Holography Centre • Demax Holograms • Krypten • Optrace • Polish Holographic Systems • DiArts • Giriraj Foils • Optaglio • Sanjan Packing Machinery • Wood & Associates International • International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) • China Trade Association for Anti-Counterfeiting as Association. • Zhongchao special security technology co. Like every year, the event also organised the International Hologram Manufacturers Association’s (IHMA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) along- with this conference. The AGM came across as a fruitful event with Mr. Rohit Mistry and Mr. Manoj Kochar were selected as the IHMA Governing Body Members, Holostik bagged the Holography Excellence Commended Award for Best Applied Security Product and ASPA Secretariat presented paper on Hologram in India. Further, Giriraj Foils also exhibited on Enhancing Indian Companies’ Commitment to Quality and Ethics at the conference. Holography Excellence Awards 2015 At the forum, the Excellence for Holography Awards were awarded to organisations for their outstanding contribution in holographic projects for the year. Sponsored by the industry newsletter Holography NewsTM , these awards and commendations were presented on December 3, 2015 at the Gala Dinner and were sponsored by IHMA. The award nominations were submitted for five categories: Innovation in Holographic Technology, Best Origination, Best Applied Security Product and Best Applied Decorative/ Packaging Product. In addition to this, the IHMA Board’s judges also picked one project as the ‘Best of Year’ and selected the recipient of the Brian Monaghan Award for Business Innovation. Giriraj Foils exhibiting at conference Colour DanceTM
  15. 15. www.aspaglobal.com 15 The Authentication Times Issue 28 Event review Wayne Tompkin Best applied security product Best OriginationAfzal Inner The winners and commendations for 2015 are: Winner of this year’s Innovation in Holographic Technology award was China’s Zhongchao Special Security Technology Co Ltd, a division of China Banknote Printing & Minting Corporation, with its ColorDance™ product, designed for banknote security stripes. This new type of optical anti-counterfeiting technology differs greatly from traditional holography by containing special optical micro-nanostructures showing novel optical effects such as dynamic image with full parallax and steady colour. Also commended was Bowater Holographics for Bowater Polycopier, CSEM SA for ‘Holograms & DOE’s Structured in Hardened Steel’ and Morphotonix S.a.r.l./Kyburz & Cie S.A for ‘Decoration and Security in One for Swiss Watch Dials’. Combustion Ingenieros S.A.S. Technological of Colombia was awarded as the Best Origination winner for its Nobel Prize Tribute hologram honoring the memory of Colombian writer and Nobel Prize winning author Gabriel García Márquez. Each view of the hologram shows a multiplicity of characters, landscapes and elements depending on illumination source position. Combustion Ingenieros was also commended for their ‘Powerful Chinese Dragon’ metal-embedded hologram. Also commended in this category were Hologram Industries, now called as Surys, for its design for the security laminate on the national passport of The Sultanate of Oman. The winner of this year’s Best Applied Security Product was the Bank of Israel in association with Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG, for the first of four new denomination Series C banknotes released into circulation. The banknotes carry Kurz’s KINEGRAM® VOLUME®foilstripefeaturingvibrantlycolouredbold designs from the KINEGRAM® origination process, which are combined with physical principles and materials entirely different from typical holographic foils. Also commended was Holostick India Ltd for the ‘Afzal Inner’ hologram for export tobacco pouches. Two entries were commended for the Best Applied Decorative/Packaging Product award. Firstly, a three- company alliance between NovaVision Inc, Royal Canadian Mint and Pacific Holographs produced the 2015 Fine Silver Hologram Coin featuring ‘Lustrous Maple Leafs’ embedded into one of the coin faces. Optaglio Ltd was also commended for their Fine Silver Coin to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency. The Hellenic Institute of Holography was awarded ‘Best of Year’ for the Bowater Collection of Fabergé OptoClones™, which are remarkably accurate full colour holographic reproductions of the famous ornaments now housed in the Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The proud recipient of the Brian Monaghan Award for Business Innovation was Wayne Tompkin Ph.D, Head of Optical Technology for OVD Kinegram Corp. After a career in holography spanning over 25 years, Wayne is responsible for the development and origination of many of OVD’s KINEGRAM® projects for the protection of banknotes, ID documents, and brand protection. Wayne has also authored more than 25 papers, and his technical expertise has been recognized in over 400 patents worldwide. For more information visit: https://www.reconnaissance. net/holography-conference/
  16. 16. www.aspaglobal.com 16 The Authentication Times Issue 28 TAT - Please brief us a bit about Pantec. Pantec GS Systems AG provides efficient, high quality print refining solutions for label, packaging and security printing industries. Sophisticated high performance rotary and flatbed hot foil stamping & embossing, high frequency vacuum foil saving and precision high speed hologram placement are the key focus areas of Pantec GS Systems. Leading printers in all sectors, as well as worldwide operating groups, rely on Pantec GS Systems products for efficiency refining and differentiation. TAT - What solutions does Pantec offer for authentication and packaging sector? The SWIFT is a unit to save expensive foil and place registered patches and hologram with rotary hot foil stamping units. The Pantec Vacuum foil system allows frequencies up to 20/sec on each stream (200,000 per hour with 3 streams). SWIFT is designed to be movable on any printing station on the rail of narrow web printing systems. SWIFT is quick and simple to setup with click-in vacuum walls for up to 9 foil saving and 6 holograms streams. SWIFT is used by bay security printing customers for technical labels and tax stamp applications as well as firms in body care and cosmetics for foil saving and prestigious patch placement. CHEETAH is mainly used in the packaging sector today. Tobacco industries in China are moving from sheet fed to roll fed placing holograms and saving foil up to 120 m/min. Also, CHEETAH is usedinlineinrotogravurepresses as well, where overprinting is a requirement. Philipp Morris Parliament packs are using overprinted holograms, stamped with Pantec inline in Komori presses. RHINO is the worldwide proven flatbed inline foil embossing system series that revolutionized the wine and spirit label market. Its robustness, reliability and payback for specialists in these markets as a surprise at first. Dozens of systems run integrated Mr. Peter Frei is CEO of Pantec GS Systems, Kradolf, Switzerland. During his recent visit to India, Peter, in an interaction with Authentication Times, talks about the company’s ambitious plans for India and some of the challenging projects undertaken to maintain the company’s growth trajectory. Pantec SWIFT RHINO - Multicolor Registered Hologram RHINO II Face to face
  17. 17. www.aspaglobal.com 17 The Authentication Times Issue 28 Face to face in more than ten different printing presses in all major globally-active firms and local specialist houses. The RHINO II series accommodates one or two foil stepping servo levels for independent patterns. With 7 strokes per sec, small, short, cost- effective tools produce at high speed. RHINO II is an athletically fast, agile and robust runner. TAT - How are Pantec solutions different or unique from other players in the market? Pantec solutions are integrating In-line. They are faster than offline systems, with stronger and more robust and quick change. Pantec process control is very precise. For instance, hologram placement precision allows highest prestigious designs to make use of concentric accuracies of 0.15 mm. The unique vacuum foil buffering system allows more than double the performance compared to mechanical systems. Pantec is efficient, high quality refining: best in performance and quality. TAT - What factors make your company successful? Apart from the above-mentioned performance, robustness, quick change and stamping quality, it’s our service. Pantec RHINO has been installed in all wine and spirit areas, from Australia, Russia, California to South America. Global firms in labels and packaging rely on our Swiss quality, our service hotline and quick reaction of skilled staff. TAT - What kind of challenges your company faced in initial stages and what the scenario now? Initially, some press manufacturers doubted about the feasibility to integrate into servo presses, especially the flat bed RHINO. They were also cautious about reliability and change time, as these factors go into efficiency. Now, because of the word of mouth from our happy customers, we have contented clients all around the globe. It puts these questions out of question for Pantec systems. TAT - What are the key factors which make Pantec enter the Indian market? How do you see this market? India has a strong spirit label industry, where foil and embossing for differentiation is very important. These areas have the same potential line as international wines and spirits that picked up unique multi-foil and embossing design for shelf attraction. Similar to Philipp Morris, we see that prestigious branding with brilliant and holographic effects is important in India. Such customers often need to protect their brands as well. Having the opportunity to place hologram at up to 150 m/min and still at a precision of 0.15 mm allow them to protect while increasing sales with shelf attractiveness, just like Philipp Morris does with the Parliament. TAT - Kindly let us know about the company expansion plan across the globe and kind of investment company planning to do in India in 2016-17? Pantec has tripled its staff and output in the last five years. Globally, both packaging and label refining keeps growing for us like in the past, we assume. After a pilot customer phase in India we expect to grow fast as we globally did in the wine and spirit industry. Moreover, we believe that security printing and brand protection combined with prestigious patches attractiveness has high potential in India, where Pantec has the systems that can cope with Indian mass production. For more information, contact peter.frei@pantec.com Pantec RHINO - fine structures with the power of a rhino Pantec RHINO - extreme relief on label stock Multistep - 4 color - structure Debossing - relief embossing - Magnesium tool 1
  18. 18. www.aspaglobal.com 18 The Authentication Times Issue 28 Can you please brief us about yourself and Arkansas Tobacco Control ? I have worked for the State of Arkansas since 1994 and currently I am an Auditor / Investigator with Arkansas Tobacco Control (ATC). Previously, I was an Acting and Interim Director of ATC and also a Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Auditor with the Revenue Division of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration from 1994 to 1997. I also served in the US Army and US Army Reserve from 1982 to 2004 finishing my Army career at the rank of Major. I served in numerous countries to include: United States, Panama, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq and Turkey. ATC is a governmental agency under the state government of the State of Arkansas. ATC is a law enforcement agency established in 1997 to regulate the manufacture, distribution and sale of tobacco products in Arkansas. Primary duties of ATC include: Sales-to-Minors Enforcement, Untaxed Tobacco Enforcement, issuance of Tobacco Products permits and licenses, Unfair Cigarette sales act enforcement and Food and Drug Administration Tobacco Products enforcement. Please brief us about Arkansas Cigarette Stamps, when they were introduced, types of tax stamps, forms of tax stamps, how they are applied, implemented etc.? Arkansasstartedtaxingcigarettes in 1925 at a rate of 4 cents per package of 20 cigarettes. Tax stamps for the payment of cigarette taxes have been used since the beginning. The current rate is $1.15 per package of 20 cigarettes. The cigarette stamps are manufactured by SICPA/Meyercord and are heat- transferred i.e., they are ironed on the packages by cigarette stamping machines. The Regular Arkansas Stamp rate is $1.15/stamp, the Oklahoma Border Zone Stamp rate is $1.06/ stamp, the Tennessee Border Zone Stamp rate is $ 0.65/stamp and the Louisiana Border Zone Stamp rate is $ 0.89/stamp (see figure 1). Arkansas does sell a separate stamp for cigarettes with 25 cigarettes per package. Below is a picture of 25’s stamp for the various border zones. The Regular Arkansas 25’s Stamp is similar but orange in colour (see figure below). The only cigarettes I know that uses these stamps are Marlboro 25’s. The cigarette tax is paid when Arkansas Cigarette Wholesalers with the appropriate license/permit purchase the stamps from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. Cigarette wholesalers must pay for them immediately or if they have a surety bond with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, they can charge them against their surety bond for a limited time. The Regular Arkansas Stamps (20’s) come on rolls of 30,000 each and have a net cost to the wholesaler of $33,465.00. The various Border Zone Stamps (20’s) come in rolls of 9,000. The Regular Arkansas (25’s) Stamps come in rolls of 2,000 and 4,800. The various Border Zone (25’s) Stamps come in rolls of 2,000. Each stamp on a particular cigarette roll has the same number on them. Of Maurice T Gilmore Expert speaks Regular Arkansas Stamp Arkansas- Oklahoma Border Zone Stamp Border Zone Cities: Bonanza Fort Smith Siloam Springs Van Buren Arkansas-Tennessee Border Zone Stamp Border Zone Cities: Marion West Memphis Arkansas- Missouri and Louisiana Border Zone Stamp Missouri Border Zone Cities: Bella Vista Blue Eye Garfield Gateway Holiday Island Mammoth Sprint Oak Grove Omaha Pea Ridge Louisiana Border Zone City Junction City Figure 1: Tax stamps using by Arkansas.
  19. 19. www.aspaglobal.com 19 The Authentication Times Issue 28 Expert speaks note, cigarette wholesalers get a 3% discount when they buy the stamps. Here is the full chronology the Arkansas Cigarette Stamp (20’s) Rates: 4-6¢ 3/9/51; 6-8¢ 3/5/65; 8-12.25¢ 4/21/69; 12.25-12.75¢ 7/1/70; 12.75- 17.75¢3/22/71; 17.75-21¢ 3/18/83; 21-22¢ 7/1/91; 22-34.5¢ 2/1/93; 34.5- 31.5¢ 7/1/93; 31.5- 34¢7/1/01; 34-59¢6/1/03;59¢-$1.153/1/09 What are the challenges you faced for implementation of Arkansas Tax Stamps and why Arkansas adopted Cigarette Tax Stamps? I assume Arkansas started using tax stamps in 1925 on cigarettes primarily to ensure greater compliance by the cigarette wholesalers in paying the cigarette tax and to allow easy verification by state investigators and agents that the cigarette has been paid. The usual problems with our stamp system are: quality of the tax stamp, stamping machine operator error and stamping machine error. Based on what I have seen, tax stamp quality has been good in the last few years. Errors caused by the stamping machine themselves are usually that the cigarette wholesaler is using an old machine that is not functioning correctly, i.e., falls out of alignment, doesn’t iron on the entire stamp, breaks down frequently, etc. Operator errors typically are: not adjusting the machine to the different size packs/cartons, being lazy and not stamping certain cartons and not applying the whole stamp on packs that have to be stamped without a machine. How successful do you think these tax stamps are in curbing the illicit trade, increasing Govt. revenueandhelpforenforcement people in authentication? Tax stamps on cigarettes have been very successful in curbing the illicit trade in cigarettes in Arkansas as well as increasing revenue for the State of Arkansas. Throughout the history of ATC, confiscations of cigarettes without any tax stamp or ones from another jurisdiction have been few and small quantities of cigarettes have been confiscated for each case. Agents and investigators do store inspections statewide on a consistent basis so the cigarette retailers know ATC is checking the cigarettes constantly. Agents and investigators can quickly check that a store’s cigarettes have the appropriate tax paid because of the tax stamp affixed to the packs. Also, consumers and retailers generally contact us immediately when they see cigarettes without or with another jurisdiction’s tax stamps on them.
  20. 20. www.aspaglobal.com 20 The Authentication Times Issue 28 Market Report Counterfeit copies of top selling games such as Pie Face or Shopkins are costing toy firms up to €1.4 billion across the EU each year. A new report from the Office of Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) has revealed that across the territory, 12.3 per cent of toys and games sales are being lost due to fake goods. The UK is the second worst hit by counterfeiters, with 11.6 per cent of the toy and game’s sector sales lost to fake products annually. However, it is the German market that emerges as the most affected, with the presence of counterfeit toys and games costing €327 million a year, 10.9 per cent of the value of production. The latest finding also suggests that across Europe, the loss translates into 6,150 jobs, as the report discovered that legitimate manufacturers employ fewer people than they would have done in the absence of counterfeiting. Released by OHIM acting through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, covers the manufacture of dolls, action figures, stuffed animals, board games, toy musical instruments, model trains and puzzles. “We are completing a picture of the economic impact of counterfeiting in a dozen economic sectors across the EU,” said Antonio Campinos, president of OHIM. The report shows us the extent to which the toys and games sector is impacted by the presence of counterfeits in the market.” The report itself emerges as discount retailer B&M finds itself at the centre of the latest counterfeit goods scandal, as mid December 2015 saw Hasbro order the outlet to remove its stock of fake copies of the hit family game, Pie Face from its shelves. Hasbro’s action highlights it’s no tolerance approach towards handling reports of counterfeit products, an issue that is costing up to €370 in government revenue across the EU in lost VAT, income tax, social security contributionsandtaxoncompany profits. “Through our report, we aim to help policy makers in their work by providing data and evidence-based studies, and help consumers make more informed choices,” continued Campinos. Source: www.oami.europa.eu EU toy industry loses €1.4bn a year to fake goods Country Annual Loss Germany € 327 million UK £ 174 Million Spain € 167 Million Italy € 201 Million France € 168 Million
  21. 21. www.aspaglobal.com 21 The Authentication Times Issue 28 Industry updates www.connectidexpo.com One global exhibition Three focused conferences Countless opportunities Exploring next-generation identity technologies and solutions I Three dedicated conferences – biometric ID:HUB; secure ID:HUB; and mobile ID:HUB. Follow one HUB or mix and match tracks. I In-depth, non-commercial presentations, case studies and discussions by carefully selected expert speakers. I Conference discounts for early bookers, government and selected end users. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC, USA Conference: March 14–16, 2016 · Exhibition: March 15–16, 2016 2016 I 75 industry leaders exhibiting an impressive array of identity technology, services and solutions. I The extensive exhibition is free to visit. I Network with 1000+ international attendees from governments, industry, NGOs, and professional service providers. Event powered by mobile HUB Expo secure HUB biometric HUB One global exhibition Three focused conferences Countless opportunities mobile HUB secure HUBHUB mobilemobile One global exhibitionOne global exhibition Three focused conferencesThree focused conferences Expo
  22. 22. www.aspaglobal.com 22 The Authentication Times Issue 28 Industry updates Publication Title Int. Application Applicant / Inventor DD.MM.YYYY Class Number 29.10.2015 WO/2015/163788 multilayered b42d 25/21 Pct/ru2015/000208 Federalnoe product containing carrier with gosudarstvennoe protective markings, and unitarnoe predpriyatie method for determining “goznak” (fgup authenticity of product “goznak”) / trachuk, arkadiy vladimirovich Brief Abstract: The invention relates to the field of protecting products against counterfeiting and is intended for using an instrument for determining the authenticity of printed products to be protected, such as banknotes and securities forms, labels, excise stamps and postage stamps, payment and identification documents, and also passports and travel documents. The aim and technical solution of the proposed invention consist in creating a product containing a carrier with hidden security markings applied to the surface thereof, wherein the markings are carried out using a luminescent inorganic compound having a crystalline structure based on rare earth elements, characterized in being capable of Stokes or Anti-Stokes luminescence outside of the visible range of the optical spectrum, carried out under the influence of an excitation radiation which is within a first spectral range, and under a second influence on said luminescence by a stimulating radiation which is within a second spectral range, and characterized in that the intensity of the luminescence can change without changing the spectral composition thereof. The proposed technical solutions and methods for controlling authenticity provide for a high level of counterfeiting protection for a valuable document. 29.10.2015 WO/2015/161496 commodity G06Q 30/00 PCT/CN2014/076182 KANG, Chia-Ming anti-counterfeiting verification system Brief Abstract: Provided is a commodity anti-counterfeiting verification system, wherein a commodity manufactured by a manufacture end is provided with a verification information group, the manufacture end is provided with an information processing unit, the manufacture end provides the commodity to an authorized sale end, the authorized sale end is provided with an information display unit, a customer end acquires the commodity from the authorized sale end, the customer end passes the verification information group to an information processing unit of the manufacture end via a feedback unit, after comparing, the information processing unit makes an arithmetical unit create comparison verification information randomly or not randomly and transmits same to an information display unit of the authorized saleendandafeedbackunitofthecustomerend,anditisverifiedthattheauthorizedsaleendisauthorizedsalerecognized by the manufacture end by confirming that the comparison verification information received by the feedback unit of the customer end and the comparison verification information received by the information display unit of the authorized sale end are consistent. It enables a customer to verify whether a purchasing source is a seller legally authorized by a manufacturer when purchasing a commodity. 28.10.2015 2936409 method and system for G06Q 30/00 13815501 SICPA HOLDING SA / marking an item, an item so marked SETO MYRON and a method and system for authenticating a marked item Brief Abstract: A method of marking and authenticating a manufactured item, comprising providing the manufactured item with a visible anti-counterfeiting indicium, marking with marking means the manufactured item with a visible alphanumeric string, marking with marking means the manufactured item with visible marking time data, and transmitting with data transmission and control means marking time data marked on the manufactured item and the alphanumeric string marked on the manufactured item. The method further comprises with computer database control means, receiving the transmitted marking time data and the transmitted alphanumeric string and storing in association in a database marking time information corresponding with the received marking time data marked on the manufactured item and alphanumeric information corresponding with the received alphanumeric string marked on the manufactured item. The method further comprises checking authenticity of the anti-counterfeiting indicium provided on the manufactured item, interrogating the database with the alphanumeric string read from the manufactured item to obtain marking time information for the manufactured item, and comparing the marking time information with marking time data read from the manufactured item to determine if they match. The method comprises determining the manufactured item as authentic if criteria are met, the criteria including that the checking step reveals an authentic anti- counterfeiting indicium and the comparing step determines a match. Global patents
  23. 23. www.aspaglobal.com 23 The Authentication Times Issue 28 Upcoming events Published by Authentication Solution Providers’ Assciation (ASPA) Editorial Team Issue Editor : C S Jeena Designed & : EYEDEA Advertising Printed by 1250/13, Govindpuri, Kalkaji, New Delhi-19 (India) eyedeaadvertising@gmail.com www.artworxindia.in The Authentication Times is a quarterly newsletter published by ASPA with an aim to provide latest developments, research, articles, patents and industry news to a wide audience related to Authenticatoni in India and World. The editorial team welcomes your news, contributions and comments. Please send your product updates, press releases, conference announcements or other contributions to ASPA: 21-Ground Floor, Devika Tower 6 Nehru Place, New Delhi 110019, India Telfax: +91 (11) 41617369 Email: info@aspaglobal.com Website: www.aspaglobal.com Disclaimer: The data used here are from various published and electronically available primary and secondary sources. Despite due diligence the source data may contain occasional errors. In such instances, ASPA would not be responsible for such errors. ASPA is the Authentication Solution Providers’ Association formerly known as Hologram Manufacturers Association of India (HoMAI). Founded in 1998 as HoMAI it has now been re-launched in 2014 as ASPA with a mission to provide a platform where authentication solution providers can converge and collaborate to develop customised cutting edge authentication solutions for their customers. For more details, please visit: www.aspaglobal.com Diverse technologies, common goal. * ASPA participating events. Meet us at these event’s to know more about us. Industry updates Date Event Name / Place / Website 15-16 January 2016* FICCI International Conference on ‘Illicit Trade - Threat to National Security and Economy’ New Delhi, India, www.ficcicascade.com 19-20 January 2016 Access to Safe Medicines London, UK, www.reconnaissance.net 10-12 February 2016 Optical Document Security San Francisco, USA, www.reconnaissance.net 14-16 March 2016 High Security Printing Europe Bucharest, Romania, www.reconnaissance.net 27-29 April, 2016* Pharma Pro & Pack Expo Mumbai, India, www.pharmapropack.com 10-12 May, 2016, Security Document World London, UK, www.sdw2016.com 24-26 May, 2016 The Annual Forum and Expo on Electronic Identity in Africa Kigali, Rwanda, www.id4africaforum.com 1-3 June 2016 World Custom Organization (WCO) IT Conference & Exhibition Dakar, Senegal, www.wcoomd.org 20-22 June 2016 High Security Printing Latin America Mexico City, Mexico, www.reconnaissance.net 19-21 October, 2016* Smart Card Expo New Delhi, India, www.smartcardsexpo.com 17-20 November, 2016* Label Expo New Delhi, India, www.labelexpo-india.com 30 Nov–2 Dec 2016 The Holography Conference Warsaw, Poland 15-17 December, 2016* International Pack Tech India Mumbai, India, www.packtech-india.com 28-31 December, 2016* Wine and Spirit Show 2016 Hotel Taj Bengal, Kolkatta. Email: knowledgeunbiased@gmail.com Cartoon Corner
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