A NanoTag is a microscopic, metallic “tag” of between 0.3 and 1.0 millimeters (smaller than a grain of sand).
Each batch of NanoTags has a unique six digit alphanumeric security identification code, allowing for over 2.6 billion unique batches. Each security identification code, brand image, name and/or specific identification code is indelibly etched into an optically variable (holographic) substrate of the NanoTag and assigned to a specific owner. The NanoTags are suspended in a UV sensitive, clear, proprietary security adhesive which is either brushed or sprayed onto any valuable item.
The item’s description, serial number, unique security identification code and rightful owner are then registered into NanoTag’s secure and trusted global database, which is accessed by law enforcement agencies for rapid recovery.
The World Customs Organization estimates that brand knockoffs trade at $512 billion annually; that’s 7% of world trade, and other estimates are even higher. The list is wide-ranging: cosmetics, leather goods, watches, athletic shoes, apparel, sports equipment, memorabilia, and toys just to name just a few. Brand owners are in a constant struggle to find the latest high-tech label, invisible ink, or hologram to defeat these well capitalized criminal organizations with many finding their solution defeated in just a few short months after being deployed. The ongoing problem of counterfeit products is a multi-billion dollar challenge. Victims include consumers and manufacturers of software, watches, fashion items, auto and marine parts, sporting goods, aerospace parts/tools, firearms, ammunition, artwork, microchips, circuit boards and virtually any category of products in which quality and brand protection is an issue.
Nanotag by Nanotag Technology Pty Ltd can provide a layer of security that is robust, inconspicuous, and nearly impossible to counterfeit. The micro-sized tags can be incorporated into the product in a variety of ways depending on its composition and manufacturing process. Authentication can be performed in the field via an optical reader. The Nanotag system can be designed to be either self-authenticating or can reference additional product information in a secure online database, with the level of security scaled to the client’s needs.
It is important when selecting any anti counterfeiting technology, the use of both covert and overt technology is used. Overt technology is the use of any warning sticker, label, this can be removed easily as anything that can be seen, can be removed. Covert technology needs reading devices, there are a plethora of such reading devices on the market, all work to some extent but in practical terms, many are designed for niche areas.
The NanoTag system sets the standard in the microdot identification industry.
The application methods supported by International Patents NanoTag uses can be applied at OEM, to the heaviest and dirtiest applications on this earth to the most delicate such as French perfume package or the fabric label on the latest French lingerie. NanoTag technology protects any item, it is universal. The detection device is as easy as using a smartphone, an Iphone. Simply take a photo of the 0.3mm NanoTag, 6 microns in thickness and then send the information to anywhere in the world. NanoTag, is both overt and covert, truly unique.
Tiny Telltale Signs of Original Manufacture and Authenticity
Due to their microscopic size, literally hundreds or thousands of NanoTags can be covertly or overtly attached to virtually any product to verify authenticity and trace distribution and ownership. An item is treated with such a high number of NanoTags that locating and removing them ALL is virtually impossible. While a counterfeit manufacturer may be able to create a virtually identical product, without access to the original manufacturer’s unique and proprietary NanoTag supply, fakes can easily be identified, sources traced and criminals prosecuted.
The ability to utilize the NanoTag technology in authenticating original products and/or stolen goods has been proven in numerous court cases within Asia.
A NanoTag for counterfeit prevention can consist of two layers of security. First, the NanoTag is custom made for a particular manufacturer. The brand owner’s unique name and/or brand image is embedded into the holographic, metallic substrate of a tag from .3 millimeters to 1.0 millimeters. This sophisticated electron beam etching process is proprietary and not patented, thus difficult to replicate. The master plate which produces the unique, branded holographic substrate is carefully controlled in a secure environment and available for audit at any time.
In addition, if desired, each batch of NanoTags can have a unique alpha-numeric security identification code determined by the manufacturer. The security identification code may “tie” to a specific batch, individual item, date of production, source of distribution, specific retailer, country or virtually any code of up to ten digits of 10 numbers and 26 letter combination.
Case Study: Luxury Purse Manufacturer
Acme Corp. produces purses utilizing Asian subcontractors. Despite active plant supervision, Acme believes that their purses are being produced in a nearby plant using stolen raw materials. Acme does not completely trust their manufacturing partner. Therefore Acme treats every shipment of purses into their own distribution points with NanoTags upon receipt. In less than one minute each purse can be invisibly treated with hundreds of NanoTags. In this case, the NanoTags are coded with a unique security identification code identifying the Acme distribution center and the retailer for which the shipments are intended. If Acme were to inspect the distributor and retailers’ store stock, a simple black light inspection and hand held scope would locate the NanoTags and allow an inspector to confirm the originality and source of the product.
NanoTags also help verify originals vs. knockoffs in law enforcement proceedings.