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Posted on January 13, 2006 by  & 

Track & trace without RFID - or anything!

Most traditional methods for establishing the authenticity of documents and high value products rely on some manufacturing process which is difficult to reproduce. Examples of this include watermarks, holograms, bar codes and RFID. However whilst difficult to reproduce, it is by no means impossible to do so.
 
The Ingenia approach is different. Using new, proprietary, and patented technology, the Laser Surface Authentication system (LSA TM), Ingenia Technology is able to rapidly analyse the surface of any item and read a unique digital serial code for the item. This code, which has been described as being like a fingerprint or DNA sequence for the item, is unique for every document, card and carton and can be used to uniquely and unambiguously identify the item.
 
Ingenia Technology Limited is an emerging international company in the authentication and verification of papers, plastics and metals, as used in packaging, documents and credit cards.
 
The serial code is naturally-occurring and therefore has the following benefits for secure packaging:
  • Can be applied retrospectively to existing packaging, documents, labels and credit cards
  • No modification to manufacturing process required
  • Low per-item cost: no tags to pay for or to become detached
  • Low cost scanning hardware
  • Extremely high uniqueness: the probability of two naturally-occurring codes matching can be extremely low
  • No known method to fraudulently copy a code
  • It is covert
  • Robust against wear and tear and intentional damage
 
 
Mark McGlade is the Director of Business Development with Ingenia Technology, an emerging international company in the authentication and verification of papers, plastics and metals, as used in packaging, documents and credit cards. Mark has over ten years experience with international development and deployment of RFID and other supply chain and security technologies with experience of global roll-out projects in asset tracking with the US DoD, UK MOD (Ministry of Defence), NATO and numerous commercial manufacturing and retail projects.
 
Most recently, Mark was Regional VP, EMEA, with Savi Technology, the global leader in active RFID and Supply Chain software. Prior to joining Savi in 2001, Mark spent 14 years with Marconi and the General Electric Company in VP positions in technology sales and business development on large global systems integration projects and was the founder of the Marconi RFID business unit. He is a former Royal Navy officer and is married with two children.

 
Food Traceability 2006 conference will be held on February 1-2 2006 in Dallas, USA. This hot topic is driven by health scares, bioterrorism and new laws. It will become the largest RFID application but we cover DNA and many other vital technologies as well. For further details please visit www.trackingfood.com External Link
 
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