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Hitachi’s Holography Electron Microscope Attains Record Resolution

In collaboration with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and the National Institute for Materials Science, a research team, including Hitachi scientists, has developed image acquisition and defocusing correction techniques to observe atomic-scale magnetic fields using a Hitachi holographic electron microscope at a resolution of 0.47nm.

Technical Features - July 11, 2024 midnight

The Fishing Was Good – It Was the Catching That Was Bad

Famous writer and fisherman A K Best said it best – pardon the pun – with his quote: ‘the fishing was good, it was the catching that was bad’. Although he was not referring to traceability systems, the quote sums up one of the main reasons for implementing traceability on seafood: to prevent non-compliant fishing practices.

Consumer Goods - July 5, 2024 midnight

New Bills And Regulations

Differentiating between AI and ‘real’ content in California, the EU adopts a new product sustainability rule, and the US Federal Communications Commission votes to create a cybersecurity labelling programme for IoT devices.

Government - July 5, 2024 midnight

RTPs Join the Dots for Enhanced Authentication

A research team at the Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, China has devised an innovative method to prepare carbonised polymer nanodots capable of emitting multicolour ultralong room-temperature phosphorescence (RTP) ranging from blue to green. These materials demonstrate significant potential applications in anticounterfeiting and information encryption.

Technical Features - June 14, 2024 midnight

Digital Printing, Metallisation, Interactivity… All in One Pass

Xeikon, a provider of digital printing presses, has partnered with KURZ and SCRIBOS (part of the KURZ group) to offer a solution that enables digital label printers to combine variable metallic elements, serialised QR codes with embedded copy- protection patterns, and interactive features… all in a single printing pass.

Technical Features - June 14, 2024 midnight

Diametryx’s Innovative Colour Change Particles

At the Optical & Digital Document Security (ODDS) conference in April, Michael Natan, President of Diametryx Inc, presented this new company’s intriguing colour-change particles for use as an overt security feature.

Technical Features - June 14, 2024 midnight

Suppliers Change Gear with RFID Growth

According to McKinsey, the global radio frequency identification (RFID) technology market will reach $97.5 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 14.4% between 2022-2030.

Technical Features - June 14, 2024 midnight

ISF Signs Agreement to Fight Illegal Seed Practices

At the recent World Seed Congress in the Netherlands, the International Seed Federation (ISF) signed what is being hailed as an ‘historic agreement’ with 12 organisations to combat illegal seed practices.

Fraud Detection - June 14, 2024 midnight

US Post Office Loses $150 Million in Counterfeit Stamps

Following on from last month’s Authentication & Brand News™ article on the mass counterfeiting of barcoded postage stamps in the UK, a woman from California, USA, has pleaded guilty to defrauding the United States Postal Service (USPS) out of more than $150 million in a counterfeit postage scam in Los Angeles.

Fraud Detection - June 14, 2024 midnight

Macau Common Crime – Counterfeit Casino Chips

Macau is facing the common crime of counterfeit casino chips. In the latest incident, police arrested five men for defrauding a casino using 585 counterfeit chips. Each chip was marked with a denomination of HK$10,000 ($1,280), tricking the casino out of at least HK$1.8 million.

Infringements - June 14, 2024 midnight

News in Brief

With a focus on developing high end security pigments, Luminochem has released a demo video showing how its LuminoMark UV fluorescent pigments can be applied on medicine blisters for brand protection.

News - June 14, 2024 midnight

De La Rue Currency or Authentication – or Both – for Sale?

De La Rue, the banknote printer and substrate manufacturer, authentication solutions provider and producer of security holograms, has announced it is in discussions with several parties interested in acquiring one or both of its divisions: Authentication and Currency.

Companies - June 14, 2024 midnight

Novel Approach to Detect Counterfeit Coins

Researchers at the Centre for Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence (CENPARMI), at Concordia University, Canada, have developed a novel framework that uses image-mining techniques and machine learning algorithms to identify flaws in counterfeit coins.

Fraud Detection - May 21, 2024 midnight

Behind the Scenes of Authenticating Autographs

Following the sale at auction of a 1983 Apple business card signed by Steve Jobs, for the colossal price of $181,183 (the highest ever paid for a business card), we thought it an opportune time to explore the science behind authenticating autographs and collectibles.

Fraud Detection - May 21, 2024 midnight

Sustainability – The Business Case

An article in the April 2024 edition of this newsletter examined the drivers to sustainable practices in brand protection. The aim of this article is to extend this examination into the business case for sustainability, which is more than simply being seen as a good corporate citizen.

Sustainability - May 21, 2024 midnight

Holography Conference 2024 – Call for Papers

Reconnaissance International has announced that the 2024 Holography Conference Online (THCO) will be held on 12-13 November. The call for papers is now open, and delegates are invited to submit a proposal to present by 13 September 2024.

Events - May 21, 2024 midnight