A recent report published by the World Customs Organization states that illicit trade of tobacco products could touch as much as one in every ten cigarettes smoked worldwide. (World Customs Organization, Illicit Trade Report 2013, from wcoomd.org, p. 76) To combat tobacco counterfeiting, AlpVision offers the tobacco industry a patented security solution that requires no visible markings, no additional consumables, no special reading devices, and no changes to the production process.
AlpVision Cryptoglyph is a digital invisible marking that is applied to tobacco and cigarette packaging using regular overprint varnish and standard printing processes (offset, rotogravure, flexo, laser, inkjet, etc.). Integrated with prepress, the Cryptoglyph adds a pseudo-random pattern of invisible micro-holes (40 to 80 microns) into the standard varnish layer.
Non-intrusive and totally invisible, these micro-holes cover the entire surface of the packaging or label without changing its design. Digitally encoded within the artwork, AlpVision Cryptoglyph can be easily integrated into any existing packaging or label printing process at zero production cost.
Simple and industry-proven, AlpVision Cryptoglyph is ideal for large volumes, high-speed printing processes, and multi-plant deployment.
In addition to being detectable using a standard flatbed office scanner or iPhone, tobacco and cigarette packaging can also be detected using a standard USB microscope connected to a regular PC operating system. Much like a barcode reader, this device performs 15 detections per second, providing instant positive authentication.
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No visible markings
No additional consumables
No special reading devices
No production changes
Instant positive authentication
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