Global Forum Gets Ready to Welcome Tax Stamp Community

Conferences are back! And this includes the Tax Stamp & Traceability Forum™, taking place from 16-18 May 2022 in Malta.

The Forum opens with a workshop on the pros and cons of using sophisticated digital printers for secure documents, including a review of digital security inks, feature design software, printing hardware and real-life applications.

A ‘coffee table’ panel discussion discusses how countries should deal with the high earning potential of cannabis, and compares different seed-to-sale authentication and track and trace mechanisms for protecting against illicit trade.

There will be presentations on successful tax stamp programmes in Sri Lanka, Liberia, Georgia, Kenya, Chile and, of course, Malta, with Opsec describing how that country’s tax stamp and traceability programme for tobacco and alcohol is being extended to products that include lubricating oil, in order to tackle fake products with high- quality packaging.

The University of Cape Town describes how it developed an Excel-based simulation model to determine the breakeven cost of track and trace.

LEONHARD KURZ examines the role of visible digital seals with regard to anti-copy and anti- cloneable codes.

ApiraSol describes its market surveillance and product intelligence services for helping enforcement officials and brand owners to identify illicit trade activities.

Securikett describes how important it is to think in terms of interoperable functional units that constitute a complete system, rather than thinking in terms of single silos.

NanoGrafix describes a new innovation where a 3D optical structure is directly digitally ‘printed’ on a substrate, and embedded with variable embossed digital holographic data.

Quantum Base presents the ‘world’s first quantum secure tax stamp technology’, where a smartphone can be used to verify whether a unique ‘quantum fingerprint’ identity has been generated by quantum material, thereby making cloning and simulation impossible.

Alan Hodgson discusses how the design of secure labels of the future will be influenced by the need to interact with new technologies such as smart packaging and wearable mobile devices.