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OPTAGLIO’s blog is mostly written in Czech. English articles are the following:
Hologram dust adds fingerprint to secure ID documents
An article from SecureIDnews.com is available from here.

OPTAGLIO’s blog is mostly written in Czech. English articles are the following:

Fake policemen and helpless citizens

Some half a year ago we mentioned on this blog that Czech Police ID cards and badges have virtually no protection. We stated that it created enormous risks for citizens. It was our reaction to a series of thefts done by a criminal with fake police ID card. It was easy to see that it could be much worse. "What if the false policemen handcuffed a shop assistant and took her," we asked? 

It happened. A few weeks ago, there was a case in front of the regional court in Usti nad Labem. Three pensioners kidnapped a woman using false police badges. They did not need any sophisticated technology. They had no police uniforms and were even too cheap to buy police handcuffs. They instead used a sex-shop toy.

The full article is available here.

Do you lock your door? So why you don´t protect your brand?

Brand protection is discussed quite often on this blog. The issue is growing and it will likely continue to grow. The impact is more and more palpable, the defence is more and more difficult. The manufacturers try to move costs to other players, such as marketplace operators. These requirements are often too high and lead to the market destruction. 

A few days ago media informed that watches produced by Swatch group (including Omega, Longines and Calvin Klein) would not be available on Amazon. The internet giant fails to implement anti-counterfeit protection requirements.

The full article is available here. 

Forming an effective anti-counterfeiting strategy

Packaging with strong anti-counterfeit protection can enhance product revenues by tens of percent. However, it is critical to define the right strategy, selection of elements and not underestimate supporting activities such as customer communication – write Optaglio´s Libor Šustr and Petr Hampl for Packaging Europe.

MarkMonitor research has recently shown that managers of more than 86% brands believe their business is significantly damaged by counterfeiting. Most of them say they lose between 10 – 50 % of revenues. In addition to revenue decreases, brands are impacted by low quality or even dangerous products circulating in the market.

The full article is available here.

Brand protection, market destruction?

Amazon´s troubles with forgeries have been discussed a lot.  Also, this blog has already given some space to this topic. In the meantime, the situation has become even worse. Amazon was targeted by several suits. Manufacturers complain that fakes of their products are sold on Amazon. Clients complain because they bought fake brand sunglasses and other products. Litigations target the process that is at the very core of Amazon activities and which started from its book business. The user writes a name of a book and the e-shop shows all relevant offers from different book-sellers. The latest edition, older editions, different publishers, new books, second hands, paperbacks, hard covered, etc. You can just select. Amazing. A dream of any book addict.

The full version of the article is available here. 

Centralised biometry as an extreme sport

A few weeks ago, American telecoms giant, Verison, had to admit that hackers got access to data on 6 million clients. A month earlier, there was a leakage of data about 14 million people in the same company. UniCredit Bank can be quite happy because „only“ 400 000 customers personal data was compromised. In the meantime, Swedish police were not able to protect information about people who are currently under investigation. However, all of these cases are pretty small in comparison with the fact that unprotected information about 200 million American citizens, including their preferences and interests, got to the Internet during last presidential campaign.

The full version of the article is available here.

ID cards in smartphones? Quite clever

Not long ago, an article was published on this blog underlining necessity to make a difference between processes of identification and authentication. Identification aims at learning who is the person I deal with. We can e.g. learn that the person is Mr. Smith from London, born February 6, 1970. Authentication consists in proving that this alleged Mr. Smith is really the person he claims to be. Making the clear difference between these processes is useful for thinking about mobile ID concept. Recently, several companies, such as HID and Gemalto, introduced this idea, which is quite simple. A new application, virtual ID card, will be downloaded into user´s smartphone. There is no need to carry another card, a risk of loss is eliminated, the solution is cheaper than physical document production…

The full version of the article is available here.

Why identification is not authentication

Universal enthusiasm toward biometry leads to dramatic underestimation of some risks. It has been already discussed on this blog, and the discussion will go on. Today we remind a proven principle of information security. If this principle were not ignored, the recent troubles would not appear.

The full version of the article is available here.

You can replace neither a document nor a person. For the time being

Security documents experts around the world met in London last week. At SDW event, you could see lectures and presentations, meet innovations, take part in discussions. We will be returning to main points of SDW at our blog. In this article, we focus on a fundamental presentation by Silvia Kolligs-Tuffery from European Commission where an anti-counterfeiting action plan is currently under preparation.

The full version of the article is available here. 

Welcome to the raceway

The right marking enables creating a product that cannot be imitated at all. To reach such goal, you need to the right technology, inspired design, and extensive communication. Not long ago, it was published that Amazon´s portfolio includes some fakes. The internet giant is not deceitful; it just cannot examine all third party items of its vast portfolio. The case of Amazon is just an illustration of the size and strength of counterfeiting industry. It grew up together with the growth of e-commerce and OECD now estimates that fakes for USD 500 billion are sold each year.

The full version of the article from Marketing Sales Media magazine can be found here.

False policemen paradise

Two weeks ago, a false policeman came to a post office in Jezov (Czech Republic) a took „contaminated“ banknotes for tens of thousands Czech Crowns. It was not an isolated case. Web search engines show many similar cases from last several years, both from the Czech Republic and abroad. Here we are facing a critical aspect of ID cards, although this point is not discussed often. ID cards are often examined in connection with a border crossing and other situations where people are checked by law enforcement officers. Of course, they need to examine masses of people and work efficiently. Nevertheless...

Full text can be found here.

Amazon in troubles? Producers in troubles! 

Not long ago it happened that somebody bought a premium brand (LifeProof) smartphone case on Amazon. He called to the producer, checked a production number and found that the item was a fake. It appears there are more and more cases like that. The stories circulate on social networks, and Amazon reputation is impacted. „If you were shopping at Walmart and on the same shelf you found counterfeit Beats by Dre headphones right next to the authentic product, and the liability was on you to determine which was real, would you keep shopping at Walmart?,“ asks Michael Sacca on Brandisty blog.

Full text can be found here. 

OPTAGLIO opens its new research center for forensic protection

OPTAGLIO today announced the establishment of a research center focused on forensic aspects of anti-counterfeit protection technologies for different types of documents. This center will work as a separate unit closely connected to OPTAGLIO Labs. The new unit equipped with a broad range of technical accessories will be able to simulate different types of attacks against documents such as removal of protective elements. It will focus on strategies for protection against such attacks and development of new technologies. New anti-counterfeit measures will be thoroughly tested to make sure their applicability in the environment of real production (speed, batches, lamination temperature, pressures etc.) The center is partly subsidized by EU funds.

Full text can be found here.

OPTAGLIO believes ‘smart’ signs will improve traffic safety

OPTAGLIO, the global leader in e-beam lithography, is in the final stage of development of a smart traffic sign which is able to focus most of its luminance to a particular passage of a street. It is expected to accelerate drivers reaction and enhance traffic security. It may play an important role in a smart city concept currently prepared by governments and some technology corporations.

Interactive traffic signing is an important feature of a smart city concept. It can direct car streams and control their speed according to the momentary traffic density, environmental situation, schools timetable, shifts in factories etc. This interactivity brings strong benefits but creates new demands on drivers. It will not be possible to rely on memory and knowledge of a place anymore. A smart sign with an ability to increase shining on a particular car at a particular moment can be very helpful.

Full text of the article from Government security news is here.

Anti-counterfeit protection as a showcase of a state

How is Czech currency protected against counterfeiting? On banknotes such as 100 CZK and 200 CZK you can find basic measures (metallic stripe and watermark) but no advanced protective elements. Nothing like security inks or even a security hologram.  For comparison look at the new fiver and you can see a difference at least two technological generations. If the difference was caused by budget limitations or short-term underestimation of the issue, there was no need to discuss it length. However, it looks rather as the general attitude of the Czech administration.

Full version fo the post is available here.

Technologies for the anti-counterfeit protection of machine parts - I.

Counterfeiting of industrial machines parts is a big issue for the entire manufacturing industry. It is often discussed and corporations spend huge resources on anti-counterfeit protection measures and campaigns. There are some results but no big improvement has been seen until now. Microholograms, an interesting technology deloped by OPTAGLIO from Lochovice, Czech Republic, may be the solution. It may enable manufacturers to create certainty of genuineness based on the part on its own rather than on a database entry or packaging.

The first part of an English translation of an article from Tech Magazín is available here. 

Technologies for the anti-counterfeit protection of machine parts - II.

Building a computer system and processes for following of part „traveling“ through distribution channels helps. However, it is laboursame and expensive, and it does not create a full guarantee of genuineness. Parts are still not banknotes. It is no wonder that there is still a big interest in technologies for marking rather parts itself than packaging.

The second part of an English translation of an article from Tech Magazín is available here. 

Holograms to be smaller, nicer and more important

People will need a personal document or another physical carrier of personal information for their identification and authentication also in future. Counterfeiting of documents will become more and more difficult a most people will be able to recognize genuine from falsified easily. Holograms will play a key role in this development. It is stated in a paper about next decade holograms prepared by OPTAGLIO researchers.

English translation of an article from ScienceMag is available here.

 

Five reasons why we need (and will need) physical documents

Time to time people working in anti-counterfeiting protection industry meet the following objection. Isn’t the industry on the verge of extinction? Don’t we enter an era without physical documents and with all identity information?

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OPTAGLIO transforms to a joint-stock company to accelerate its growth

PRESS RELEASE (Lochovice – March 15, 2017) – OPTAGLIO, a provider of advanced security holograms and the global market leader in e-beam lithography, today announced it transformation into a joint-stock company. This change is to support the company’s further growth, attracting investment and possibly also a future entrance of a stock exchange.

Read full press release here

Hologram dust adds fingerprint to secure ID documents

Secure hologram leader, OPTAGLIO, is using holographic “digital dust” not just deter document fraud but to uniquely identify individual documents from an issuer. Think of it this way: using the technology, each passport, card or secure ID document can have a unique fingerprint that lets the document itself be authenticated.

The company has several new negotiated contracts to incorporate the patented new product, OPTAGLIO OVImage. It both protects against counterfeiting and also enables the identification of a particular document, even if that document has been tampered with or altered.

An article from SecureIDnews.com is available from here.

 

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