“Atomic Fingerprinting” Tech Could End Counterfeit Goods (Live Science)

Great to see the work of the OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade and recent OECD data and reports on counterfeits and illicit trade cited by the Live Science article on “Atomic Fingerprinting” technologies. Learn more about the OECD TFCIT @ http://www.oecd.org/gov/risk/oecdtaskforceoncounteringillicittrade.htm

‘Atomic Fingerprinting’ Tech Could End Counterfeit Goods (Live Science), Excerpted:

In the sophisticated world of counterfeiting, it can often be difficult to tell fakes from the real deal. But now, scientists have developed a new method that can stamp things with “atomic fingerprints” to keep phony products at bay.

Last month, Robert Young, a professor of physics at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom and chief technology officer of the tech startup Quantum Base, and his colleagues, announced a relatively simple technique for confirming the authenticity of an object — an advance that could put a dent in the counterfeit industry, where fakes, forgeries and imitations cost the global economy half a trillion dollars in lost revenue each year, according to the most recent data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, headquartered in Paris.

The new anti-counterfeiting method, published online in ArXiv, the open-access preprint journal from Cornell University, has two components: a unique molecular pattern that can be incorporated into a holographic label and a smartphone app.

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