IQ Structures, a research and production organisation focused on nanotechnology engineering, part of the IQS Group, has introduced holograms that can be authenticated automatically. All it takes is a normal light and a mobile phone app.
When checking the security features, it can happen that the supervisor is not completely sure of the authenticity and yet, for various reasons, is not able to verify it against the database entry. This is what the machine-readable holograms solve. All it takes is a mobile phone with an app. It works by illuminating the hologram, reading it with the phone, and the app confirms authenticity there.
"Machine-readable holograms combine two very powerful principles. Our holograms contain unique visual effects that virtually cannot be replicated because they are based on special nanostructures. The second principle is automated control, immune to human failure. Each is powerful, together it is unbreakable," says IQ Structures CEO Petr Franc. "Our new technology has a range of applications, from personal documents to paper certificates and brand protection."
The machine-readable holograms are put into ID documents as part of IQ proID´s product. This product is based on micro-segmentation technology to ensure seamless integration into the card. Any attempt to manipulate the holographic layer ends up disintegrating the hologram into thousands of miniature parts.
Other advantages of IQ proID are the possibility of full area protection, so no one can change any data on the document, and the possibility of creating integrated security features combining different technologies (security printing, UV and OVI printing, tactile surface embossing and holographic). Many customers prefer this technology because of the distinctive visual effects.
Machine readable holograms can be also used in the area of brand protection. With brand protection, it's again that the company has some sort of track and trace system, but doesn't want to give access to all customers. The customer doesn't even know the details of the hologram, so they are only able to make a general check that there is a hologram present on the packaging. With machine-readable hologram technology, he or she could download an app and check by reading it that it is a genuine security feature.
Machine-readable holograms open up many other possibilities that will multiply the protective power of existing technologies.
Note to editors
IQ Structures is a member of IQS Group, a scientific, research and manufacturing organisation focused on controlled nanostructures. Backed by 20 years of experience, IQS Group has built extensive research capacities, owns several patents, and operates in a range of industries, from security to lighting and medicine to new construction materials.
IQ Structures protects more than a billion documents each year and delivers leading-edge anti-counterfeiting solutions for the protection of ID documents, banknotes and valuables. It has been awarded several international prizes for excellence and scientific innovation. It operates in the highly secure premises of a nuclear reactor site in Řež near Prague and has certified all relevant quality and safety standards.
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