QR Code Security: Is It Actually a Good Way to Track and Authenticate Products?

QR code security

With some calling 2021 “the year of the QR code,” now is a good time to take a deep dive into this ubiquitous technology and explore how it started, how it works, and how effective QR code security is.

Counterfeit Detection Devices: A Panorama

counterfeit detection devices

Counterfeit detection devices are devices that are used to prevent or mitigate the creation of counterfeit versions of a product. There are different kinds of counterfeit detection devices, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

Counterfeit Electronic Cigarettes Are Everywhere. Here’s How to Fight This Problem

counterfeit electronic cigarettes

With the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, vape pens, and other electronic nicotine delivery systems, the market for alternatives to traditional cigarettes is booming. At the same time, the marketplace is also experiencing an influx of dangerous counterfeit electronic cigarettes.



A new patent application was granted on March 30th, 2021. It is a so-called “Continuation” of our US Fingerprint patent which refines the claims of this important patent, hence enforcing our protection in the US. This process requires the US...

Fighting counterfeit medical devices protects more than just patients

counterfeit medical devices

There is a big problem with counterfeit medical devices. Although the protection of patient safety is the main concern, any precautions taken indirectly protect health professionals in case of a problem. At AlpVision, we have a solution to verify the...


Tobacco Asia

In their April 2021 issue, the Tobacco Asia magazine published an article about our authentication solutions. An electronic version is available online here. We are proud to be given this opportunity since Tobacco Asia is the only magazine written and...


20 years

This month, we are proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of AlpVision. AlpVision is a real startup story. From humble beginnings, working from a garage in 2001, AlpVision first started developments of obscure robust steganography technologies. Although these certainly worked great,...

Introduction to ISO 22383 – Selecting authentication solutions

ISO 22383

ISO 22383:2020 gives guidelines for performance criteria and an evaluation methodology for authentication solutions. We help you to better understand the key points of the standard towards an insight-driven and well-thought-out choice of your authentication system.

Can counterfeiters imitate covert and overt solutions?

overt solution

Businesses are now largely implementing anti-counterfeit measures and heavily investing more money in them than at any point in history. Firms are prepared to spend even more on covert and overt solutions than they are today. 

Next generation plastic recycling technologies

plastic recycling

The future of plastic recycling is in accurate sorting to allow circular plastic economy of such materials as recycled PET, PPT, PP. Plastic is a very useful material, which is hard to replace in many applications. However, the way we...

How can we fight counterfeit plastic objects?

counterfeit plastic

The counterfeiting of plastic objects is a growing problem. More and more companies are falling victim from counterfeit plastic products. AlpVision can help fighting this problem with their patented AlpVision Fingerprint technology.



Our Cryptoglyph solution is currently printed on 30 billion products every year by over 200 printers worldwide. The integration to the printing process does not add any cost to the production and the solution works on all rotary printing processes...


Patent Granted

On April 8th, we were informed by the China National Intellectual Property Administration that our new patent titled “Method of Authentication of a 3D Structure” had been granted. All 13 claims of our application were accepted by the examiner. This...



AlpVision team has recently taken part in various virtual events. Soon, we will present AlpVision’s anti-counterfeiting features during the 2nd Brand Protection V-Congress. This virtual event will be held from the 20th to the 21st of May. Fred Jordan, CEO,...

Fighting drug counterfeiting should not be the job of pharma companies

drug counterfeiting

Pharma companies develop and produce drugs for the good of humanity. But today pharma companies have to also protect their products against counterfeiting. Should this really be part of their job, I don’t think so. A four-pillar approach is proposed...

Should you control your distribution channels with invisible serialization?

product tracking

This is certain – a reliable serialization technology product tracking is needed. The control of distribution channel is necessary to avoid profit losses and brand reputation damages caused by product diversion. This is not easy, because anyone involved in diverted...

Counterfeit medicines: A global issue

Counterfeit medicines: A global issue

Did you know both antibiotics and anti-malaria treatments are the most counterfeited products in the world? This issue is not slowing down; fake or counterfeit medicines continue to be a serious problem across the globe. As a company committed to...



We are proud to have been selected to be a member of the UNIFAB LAB. Known in English as “The Manufacturers Union”, this French association promotes the protection of intellectual property and the fight against counterfeiting at an international level. Their mission statement...

How grey markets and parallel trade can impact your product and what can you do about it?

grey markets and parallel trade can impact your product

Control of the distribution channel to prevent product diversion to grey markets and parallel trade is an important priority of brand owners. It is necessary not only to avoid profit loss but also to: protect brand owners from the reputation...



2020 was a year in which AlpVision had to explore a whole new set of unexpected and even weird challenges, and all this while doing business as usual. The result of 10 racking months was overall very positive, with new customers, some...



We are proud to announce that we just had another patent granted. This US patent 15/985,091 is actually protecting our “Smart Embossing®” technology (which is also an AlpVision trademark). This solution is overt and looks a bit like a hologram. However, it is...

Counterfeit surgical masks: instant verification is possible

Counterfeit surgical masks

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand in surgical masks has exploded. This rising demand has created an opportunity for counterfeiters to produce and sell fake masks. There must be means to instantly verify the authenticity of a surgical mask....

For pharma products, only instant authentication and traceability make sense!

Instant authentication and traceability

It is a challenge to combine instant authentication and traceability of products for pharma companies. Although traceability is often mandatory it does not protect against counterfeiting. Cryptoglyph combined with any traceability solution will effectively secure the supply chain.   Pharma...

Why you should avoid combining hologram and QR codes for counterfeit protection?

combining hologram and qr codes for counterfeit protection

Increasingly, an important aspect of consumer protection is to secure the supply chain by implementing traceability and counterfeit protection. It is important to distinguish between anti-counterfeiting solutions and supply chain technologies. Combining hologram and QR codes will not be the...



The AlpVision Cryptoglyph® technology is printed on over 30 billion product items each year and has been proven to be both easy to use and effective in detecting counterfeit products. However, we have recently met and discussed with companies with a totally...



AlpVision has recently featured several times in various Swiss news publications such as 24 heures and Le Bilan regarding an authentication solution for precious metals. Additionally, an entire page has been dedicated to precious metals on the AlpVision website. The European Pharmaceutical Manufacturer magazine has also written an...

Free anti-counterfeit solution for COVID-19 medicines

Free anti-counterfeiting solution for COVID-19 medicines

Worldwide, countries are struggling to manage the recurrent waves of COVID-19 infection. In an emergency scenario criminals have more opportunities for counterfeiting, with catastrophic consequences: this is the reason why AlpVision has decided to offer its mobile-based solution (the Cryptoglyph®)...

Why protect against counterfeiting

protect against counterfeiting

In this article we will go through the 5 major reasons to protect against counterfeiting despite the fact that anti-counterfeiting solutions will only allow you to spot counterfeits: liability, regulation, reputation, profit and company value.



The AlpVision Fingerprint technology is an authentication solution that uses the micro-defects naturally occurring during the manufacturing process of products for instance the texture of molded plastic caps. This technology is interesting because it has no impact on the production...



This year has seen AlpVision develop better modes of communication with our Chinese customers. Since the launch of our new website, a language section is now available in English or Chinese. It is believed that up to 45% of the...



Two more media articles covered AlpVision solutions during the month of September 2020. The September issue of Bilan, a French language Swiss publication that has been reporting on the Swiss economy for the past 30 years, has published an article...



We are happy to announce that we received the official granting of another European patent (EP1849139) titled “Method to apply an invisible mark on a media”. This patent protects the technology we invented for creating and detecting patterns in the varnish...

AlpVision named in the TOP 10 Security Solution Providers

AlpVision named in the TOP 10 Security Solution Providers 10

Last June, the magazine Industry Era decided to publish a list of the “10 best security solution providers for 2020”. Obviously, many brand protection suppliers from all over the world submitted applications. We are immensely proud to announce that AlpVision...


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We are happy to share with you the release of BMS 3.0. With this release, the AlpVision Brand Monitoring System platform has reached an important milestone, providing brand owners and authorities with important insights into brand protection activities and related...

Mobile Product Authentication for Instant Results

Mobile Product Authentication

Product authentication is a very important subject due to the ever-increasing number of counterfeits today. There are dozens of technologies around, all having different strengths, weaknesses, and usages. In this article I will look at Mobile Product Authentication and highlight...

How to protect your brand from counterfeits?

How to protect your brand from counterfeits

Counterfeiters are putting more and more effort into producing counterfeit items that look almost exactly like the original one. Therefore, it is becoming more and more difficult to protect your brand from counterfeits. It is crucial that your brand protection...

How to choose a secure blockchain anti-counterfeit solution

blockchain anti-counterfeit solutions

Blockchain is becoming more and more popular, tempting companies to replace their current anti-counterfeit solutions by a blockchain anti-counterfeit solution. Although blockchain has many advantages, including perfect traceability and tamper-proof data, one must be cautious about compromising the security of...



We are in the process of completing another worldwide deployment of the Cryptoglyph technology. This deployment presented a challenge because of the extreme variability of the printing suppliers: from large, sophisticated infrastructures to very small, basic, flexographic presses, all from...



Brand protection, counterfeit protection, track and trace, and product authentication are just few words addressing an extraordinarily complex challenge faced by businesses today. According to a 2019 report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development “OECD”, trade in fake...



One of our customers recently came to us with a specific requirement: they wanted to have our Cryptoglyph technology on their products but did not trust their suppliers to do so. At the same time, their bottle filling lines were...

Why is Brand Protection important?

Why is Brand Protection Important

Counterfeiting affects your business in many ways. It can harm your brand and your reputation. It can also jeopardize the safety of your customers or patients. Protecting your brand not only allows you to prevent these problems but, depending on...

An exciting solution for authenticating precious metals

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After several years of developments and successful field tests, we are proud to announce the availability of our system for the authentication of precious metals. This technology enables to automatically check if a gold ingot or coin is genuine. It...

AlpVision Fingerprint Patent

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On June 25th, 2019, AlpVision was granted one more patent in the United States. The patent with number US 10,332,247 B2 is entitled “Means for using microstructure of materials surface to protect as a unique identifier” completes our patent portfolio...

COVID-19: AlpVision is up and running

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COVID-19 is currently impacting worldwide business activities. We have entirely restructured our activities organization in order to handle this exceptional situation, in particular using extensive use of remote work. Surprisingly, this does not seem to substantially impact our productivity overall....

The Success of Innovation


During the last 18 years, we have secured billions of products using our Cryptoglyph technology. In the beginning, the solution worked only on paper. Over the years, we found solutions to enable its application to many other substrates: cartons, plastic,...

BMS Spring Release


We are only a few weeks away from releasing the Version 2.0 of the Brand Monitoring System ( BMS), our online platform which allows brands to control and monitor brand protection activities. AlpVision BMS was first released in 2017 with...

IACC Spring Conference

NEWS April, 2019_

Boston, Massachusetts, will be hosting the IACC’s 2019 Annual Spring Conference! The year 2019 is very special for the IACC as it is the organization’s 40th anniversary! 40 years is a very impressive achievement for an organization in the anticounterfeiting...

Full Android Compatibility

NEWS March, 2019 Android compatibility

Historically, the AlpVision authentication applications for Cryptoglyph and Fingerprint were released for the iPhone. We developed our first Android version back in 2014. Since then, we have seen a growing interest for the Android version.

Artificial Intelligence

NEWS March, 2019 AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere, including at AlpVision. In the last few years, we have developed several machine learning approaches for our authentication software. For specific problems, AI substantially increases the performance of our apps.

AlpVision Joins IACC

NEWS February, 2019

We are pleased to announce that starting in January 2019 AlpVision is an active member of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization devoted solely to combating product counterfeiting and piracy.

New Offices in Shanghai

NEWS Janvier, 2019

Since the opening of our office in Shanghai, AlpVision has recorded excellent sales results in China. By the end of December, we will relocate to the Swiss Center in Hongquio which features ultra-modern offices in the heart of Shanghai.

New Website Live for Cryptoglyph

NEWS December, 2018

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to visit our new website dedicated to Cryptoglyph, our flagship anticounterfeit technology for the protection of printed products and documents. Cryptoglyph’s story started in 2001 when Dr. Fred Jordan and Dr....

Join us in Frankfurt!

NEWS November, 2018

On the 4th and 5th of December 2018, AlpVision will participate in the 2nd Brand Protection Congress in Frankfurt, Germany. 120 attendees are expected with representatives of more than 25 countries.

CBC Anti-Counterfeit Committee

NEWS October, 2018

A new user group bringing together over 10,000 members of the Chinese cosmetic industry has been created. This group named “CBC Anti-Counterfeit Committee”will run under the presidency of Lucien Zhao from AlpVision China.

Don’t miss AlpVision at IACC and GBPS

NEWS September, 2018 GBPS

With events in the US and in Europe, October is going to be a busy month for AlpVision. The first event is GBPS - 9th Annual Global Brand Protection Summit - in Amsterdam on October 10th and 11th, 2018.

Two new patents have been granted to AlpVision!

NEWS September, 2018 Patents

The first one is titled “Method intended for preventing forgery or alteration of a printed or engraved surface”. This patent, granted on July 30th, covers European countries and reinforces the protection coverage of our Cryptoglyph technology, which enables printing of...

Iphone authentication on solid color

NEWS August, 2018

We have just completed the successful deployment of a new security feature inspired by both the Cryptoglyph and the Secured QR-Code technology.

AlpVision SA is ISO 9001:2015 certified


It is our great pleasure to announce that as of July 3rd, 2018, AlpVision SA is ISO 9001:2015 certified. The certification was performed by SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance SA), known as the global leader in certification. ISO 9001 is...

AlpVision is ISO 9001:2015 Certified

NEWS JULY 2018 ISO 9001_2015

AlpVision is proud to announce the granting of a new patent. This US patent 10,019,627 B2 was granted on July 18, 2018 and describes a new digital authentication technology based on the analysis of two images.

Authentication Solutions for Bottles

NEWS June, 2018

In the past few years, AlpVision has developed an entire family of solutions to authenticate bottles. In particular for automotive lubricants and the distilled spirits industry, we adapted the Cryptoglyph technology so that it would work successfully with labels, plastic...

Fingerprint Technology Improvement

NEWS Mai, 2018

One of our flagship authentication solutions is the AlpVision Fingerprint. It enables consumers to instantly authenticate a product just using the micro-imperfections made during its manufacturing. Only a smartphone is needed, without any additional devices like lights or lenses.

Artwork Fingerprint, a new authentication technology

NEWS April, 2018

AlpVision has been securing billions of products for many years using invisible features. Those features are either created on the packaging (Cryptoglyph) or are already existing on the product (Fingerprint). There is a third class of feature, the most obvious...

AlpVision Compatible with WCO IPM Version 2.0

NEWS March, 2019 Android compatibility copy

Some time ago the world customs organization released API Version 2.0 of IPM, their web and mobile platform. This platform allows rights holders to share relevant product information and facilitates online verification of product authenticity.

Meet us in London

March, 2018 London

Do not miss an opportunity to meet with AlpVision this spring and discover our brand-new solution to protect QR Codes and bar codes.

Innovation – shrink-sleeve authentication

NEWS March, 2018 Innovation

We are happy to announce that we have successfully completed the qualification of a new type of packaging that can now be protected with our technologies. Indeed, we adapted our solution to the so-called “shrink-sleeve”, which are flexible plastic films...

Secured QR-Code to Combat Scams and Counterfeit Products


AlpVision Secured QR code add anti-counterfeiting functionalities to products featuring a QR code. This new feature therefore simultaneously provides track and trace and anti-counterfeiting.

New! Fake & Genuine Detection

NEWS February, 2018

All the AlpVision authentication applications automatically detect authentic products by analyzing in real-time the video stream coming from the camera of the smartphone, giving the user instant authentication of the product.

Patent Granted for Unique AlpVision Technology

NEWS January, 2018

AlpVision had a new patent granted in the US for its Fingerprint technology. Entitled “Mean for using microstructure of materials surface as a unique identifier”, this patent covers the latest Fingerprint technology advances while building upon the unique imaging and...

Novel QR Code for Authentication

NEWS December, 2017

At the Brand Protection Congress on Nov. 22, 2017, AlpVision announced the release of a QR Code that can be used for authentication. This solution instantly detects when a QR Code has been copied.

Anti-Counterfeiting Reports

On 15th of November, QyResearchReport published a detailed report addressing anti-counterfeit packaging solutions for electronics. It examined top players supplying anti-counterfeit solutions, including AlpVision’s Cryptoglyph.

iPhone 8 Full Compatibility

Historically, AlpVision has always supported the Apple iPhone series since the iPhone 4. Therefore, all our applications are carefully tested on each hardware model version as well as each main iOS release.

Meet AlpVision in November

This coming November will be a busy month. 30 days and 3 opportunities to meet AlpVision and experience our solutions first hand. The first two opportunities take place in London, UK, and the third one in Munich, Germany. The first...

In the News

Our company has been active with authentication technologies for over 15 years, and billions of products are protected with our solutions each year, produced by over a hundred suppliers worldwide. As a result, there are numerous articles on the internet...

Should Product Authentication Be at the Consumer’s Fingertips?


According to a recent white paper by Authentix, an authentication and information services company, brand owners should not delegate nor should they rely on consumers to authenticate products. Authentix first argues that consumers do not want to scan QR codes....

Discover AlpVision’s Brand Monitoring System

Implementing an authentication solution is a necessary but insufficient step to effectively protect brands against counterfeiting. Once a solution has been put in place, it is extremely important to use it, collect its results and monitor its effectiveness. During the...

8th Global Brand Protection Summit

If you have not met with us for some time, the 8th Global Brand Protection Summit would be the perfect place. The talks take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 3rd and 4th October 2017, the Global Brand Protection Summit...

European Union Tobacco Packaging Directive

The 2nd Stakeholder Meeting on the Implementation of the European Union Tobacco Packaging Directive was held on the 15th of May 2017. The purpose of this directive is to define solutions on tobacco products in order to be able to...

Why mass visible serialization is failing

visible serialization

Mass visible serialization; i.e mass serialization with visible tags is not working for product authentication. Here we explain why.

Meet us at EPHJ/EPMT/SMT in Geneva

As every year around this time, we invite you to visit us at the EPHJ event, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, June 20 to 23rd, 2017. EPHJ (Professional Watchmaking and Jewelry Environment) takes place together with the EPMT (Microtechnology Professional...

AlpVision Included in New Anti-counterfeiting Reports

MarketsandMarkets just published their global forecast for the worldwide anti-counterfeit market. This report predicts that the main market territories in 2021 are expected to be dominated by Asia, followed by Europe and Norh America.

Smartphone Offers Point-and-Authenticate Capability

Product authentication has been, and still is, logistically very challenging. For example, banknotes require both robust, yet easy-to-use anti-counterfeiting and security measures to promote counterfeit deterrence and consumer adoption. Together with a steady rise in the number of sophisticated counterfeiters,...

Meet us in Europe and China

Two continents, two opportunities to discover our product authentication services before the summer. The IACC 2017 Annual Spring Conference will be held in Barcelona, Spain, May 17-19 this year. The IACC conference combines the industry's most up-to-date information and best...

Two Opportunities to meet AlpVision

March 2017 will be a very busy month for AlpVision commercial team with two events in Germany. The first event will take place in Munich on March 16th and 17th. Called the Brand Protection Excellence Forum, this event is a business...

New US Fingerprint Patent Granted

AlpVision Fingerprint is being used worldwide to protect molded products against counterfeiting. For example, this technology protects such diverse items as flip-off caps of vials, precious metals, and bottle closures. Using intrinsic features of the product, AlpVision Fingerprint is one...

Serialization vs. Aggregation: A DSCSA Progress Update

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In April 2016, we reported on Title II of the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), known as the Drug Supply Chain Security Act or DSCSA. Enacted in 2013 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the DSCSA requires a...

The Evolution of Authentication Technologies


At the beginning of the millennium, product authentication was mainly done with a special tool or with the naked eye. The former solution was reliable but cumbersome while the later became less and less useful as simple copies became very...

Blister Pack Authentication with mobile phones

Authenticating secondary packaging, such as folding boxes, is very often a first choice for a brand as one is not required to open the box to authenticate the product. However, in addition to the multi-layer paradigm, pharmaceutical companies have realized...

2016 A Look Back

As the year comes slowly to an end, it is time to have a brief look at an exciting period. With over 10 billion products protected per year with our security features, we are very proud to hold our position...

Cigarettes Top the List of Detained Articles in the EU in 2015

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The European Commission recently published the 2015 Report on EU Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights.I While the number of cases (a ‘case’ refers to a detention that may contain one or more articles) dipped slightly in 2015 (95,194 in...

The Success of the Smart Embossing

The launch of our Smart Embossing technology last month has generated an impressive amount of interest among our customers and prospects. Initiatives such as the EU’s Falsified Medicines Directive and Tobacco Products Directive highlight the need for authentication and track...

Cryptoglyph on Seal Liner

The Cryptoglyph technology is an invisible marking that has been used for many years to authenticate boxes and labels.

AlpVision in China – The experience of a new market

One year ago, in October 2015, AlpVision set up its new offices in Shanghai with the intent to expand the brand protection business. Compared to our marketing experience in Western countries, we have been happily surprised by the immediate brand...

Counterfeit Medicines in Asia: Damage Suffered by Japanese Pharmaceutical Companies Abroad

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Although counterfeit medicines affect every region of the world, many drug-counterfeiting rings originate in Southeast Asian countries, such as Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and China.I Many factors tend to bolster this situation, including weak enforcement, lack of education and training, poverty,...

Smart Embossing – New Overt Security Technology

Smart Embossing is a totally new security technology dedicated to product authentication by consumers. This new solution builds on the key features of our current offerings: user friendliness, security, simple deployment and affordability.

Meet AlpVision in Europe/USA/Asia

Don’t miss the three upcoming opportunities to meet with AlpVision and discover our new security feature Smart Embossing. The first occasion is at the IACC's 2016 Annual Fall Conference which will be held in Scottsdale, AZ, USA, October 19 to...

New patent granted in Hong Kong

AlpVision SA has obtained a new patent protecting the Fingerprint technology in Hong Kong. The patent, ID 09102325.3, is accessible online at the Hong Kong patent office using publication number 1122887. This patent is based on the earlier European filing...

AlpVision celebrates its 15th year anniversary

AlpVision is proudly celebrating its 15th anniversary in June 2016. When we founded AlpVision in 2001, the company was a very early-stage startup in a garage. We had theoretical background related to steganography based on the Ph.D. work of Dr....

Global Brand Protection Summit in Amsterdam

AlpVision will again exhibit at the coming Global Brand Protection Summit event in September 21-22 to be held in Amsterdam. This event specifically addresses issues related to brand protection across a wide range of industries including food, beverages, automotive, cigarettes,

Mapping Out the Tobacco Products Directive

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Dated June 6, 2016, a “Roadmap” was published on June 9th on the EU Transparency Register covering implementing measures and delegated acts under Articles 15(11), 15(12) and 16(2) of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) 2014/40/EU.I In E.U. terms, “roadmaps” are...

President Schneider-Ammann Visits AlpVision China

President Johann Schneider-Ammann, along with a high-ranking delegation of 60 people, recently participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the newly created  Machinery, Trade and Business Center, a member of the Swiss Center Shanghai (SCS) family located in

AlpVision’s Counterfeit Protection on Tin Capsules

In 2015, AlpVision released a new solution to protect metallic closures. In this time of counterfeit wine bottles, AlpVision adapted its Cryptoglyph technology to offer counterfeit protection on tin capsules. Tin capsules are typically found on a small, but top-notch...

AlpVision Expands Activities in Japan with ISID

AlpVision is proud to announce the signature of a distribution contract for its authentication technology with the Japanese company ISID.

What Do Pharma Safety Regulations Look Like in the U.S.?

USA Pharma safety regulations

On February 9, 2016, the countdown to implementing the safety measures mandated by the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) Delegated Act started. This Act, which will come into force in early 2019, imposes item-level serialization and tamper evidence on pharmaceutical products...

AlpVision Fingerprint: Wear and Time Sustainability

Fingerprint, developed by AlpVision, leverages the naturally occurring surface irregularities found in a mold and uses these unique characteristics to authenticate a variety of molded materials, including plastic and metal. The solution has been deployed successfully at industrial

FMD Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/161 Published

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The publication of the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/161I supplementing the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) 2001/83/EC and its amendment 2011/62/EU was finally published in the Official Journal of the European Union on February 9, 2016. This date marks the three-year window in...

Let’s Meet at Anti-counterfeiting Technology Forum & Exhibition!

Join us this spring for the New International Anti-counterfeiting Technology Forum & Exhibition on April 21-23 in Shanghai, China. On May 18-20, head over to Orlando,

Package Wrapping Is No Barrier to Cryptoglyph Detection

Today, many products are wrapped in protective plastic, such as see-through shrink-wrap and protective polypropylene film, to safeguard and cushion them. Without taking the contents of the package out, authentication of wrapped products becomes a real challenge.

AlpVision Granted New European Patent for Fingerprint

On November 4, 2015, AlpVision was granted a new European patent EP2024899B1 protecting the core innovation of our Fingerprint technology. This patent protects the key characteristic of AlpVision’s Fingerprint technology, which is leveraging the microstructure that naturally

Financial Impact of the FMD Delegated Act

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Our previous blog article (Cost-Benefit Analysis of a ‘European Hub’ for Medicine Authentication) analyzed the cost-benefit of creating a European hub – the European Medicines Verification Organization or EMVO – to link national verification systems throughout Europe and facilitate the creation...

AlpVision Gains Clout in 2015 ACF Reports

Over the past year, AlpVision was often published in some of the leading reports addressing the anti-counterfeiting (ACF) industry. Written by experts, these independent and insightful reports review current technologies and solution providers, and make market forecasts.

AlpVision Launches New Smartphone Server Solution

When AlpVision was first founded, our solutions were deployed on PC and product authentication was performed using document scanners. Today, our product authentication systems run on smartphones, using the device's camera, flash and onboard processing power.

Cost-Benefit Analysis of a ‘European Hub’ for Medicine Authentication

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As described in our previous blog (New Developments in the Fight Against Falsified Medicines), the European Medicines Verification Organisation or EMVO was founded in February 2015 as a means to help EU Member States implement the requirements set out by the...

European Commission Innovation Report

The Business Innovation Observatory of the European Commission released this year a study on Traceability Across the Value Chain:

AlpVision Opens New Office in China

When it comes to product counterfeiting, China is considered as one of the world’s hotspots. According to the WTO, 2% of all world trade accounts for counterfeit goods, and this number is steadily increasing. As the world's leader in digital...

New Developments in the Fight Against Falsified Medicines

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In addition to the recent publication of a draft delegated act laying down the technical specifications of the safety features, two other major developments have taken place since the EU Falsified Medicines Directive (2011/62/EU) came into effect in January 2013....

Draft EU Falsified Medicines Directive Delegated Act Published

EU Falsified Medicines Directive

The Falsified Medicines Directive (2011/62/EU) adopted in June 2011 and put into force in January 2013, calls on the European Commission to prepare and adopt delegated acts that will lay down the technical specifications of the safety featuresI, determine the...

New US Patent Granted

AlpVision is proud to announce that a new US patent was granted, entitled “Means for using microstructure of materials surface as a unique identifier”. The new patent US 8180174 B2 protects the core processes that make up AlpVision’s Fingerprint solution....

AlpVision Fingerprint Ventures Into New Territory

AlpVision Fingerprint has experienced more revenue growth than any of our technologies over the past few years. The reason behind this trend lies in its simplicity. Instead of applying a marking, this authentication method relies on the imperfections that naturally...

Covert Security Features in EU Tobacco Control – comparison

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On May 7, 2015, the European Commission published an analysis and feasibility study on the existing traceability and authentication solutions applicable to the tobacco industry. The report was successful in parsing the “marketing fluff” from the “real stuff” and emphasizing...

Meet AlpVision in Amsterdam and Denver, CO

Learn first-hand about AlpVision's instant product authentication solutions at two upcoming events this fall! AlpVision will be participating in the 6th Annual Global Brand Protection Summit (GBPS) on September 16-17, 2015, in Amsterdam. GBPS runs under the motto "Developing a...

Feasibility Report on EU’s Traceability and Authentication of Tobacco Products: A Look at Covert Security Features

In response to Articles 15 (Traceability) and 16 (Security feature) of the second Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU, the European Commission published on May 7, 2015, an analysis and feasibility report defining the technical standards for traceability and authentication of tobacco...

Cryptoglyph on Metallic Closure is now available

The vast majority of our customers print AlpVision's Cryptoglyph technology on paper or carton. And so far, our solution has been remarkably successful protecting packaging and labeling. In recent months, we have made great strides in testing and

AlpVision Exhibits in Shanghai

From April 23-25, 2015, the International New Anti-Counterfeiting Technology Exhibition took place in Shanghai, China. The event was held together with the CSITF-China Shanghai International Technology Fair, a gathering of over 900 exhibitors and 38’000 visitors.

iPhone QC Tool Update

Although Cryptoglyph is invisible to the naked eye, AlpVision’s authentication feature can be instantly detected with a smartphone and a proprietary application.

AlpVision: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

2014 was an extremely interesting year for AlpVision, not only from a technological perspective, but also from a financial one.

Cryptoglyph & Innovation

AlpVision is proud to announce the first roll out of a Cryptoglyph-based product authentication and printing quality control system using the iPhone.

Embedded QA Software Update Released

AlpVision’s Embedded QA (EQA) is a printing quality measurement device used by hundreds of Cryptoglyph-qualified printers worldwide. Portable, lightweight and user-friendly,

AlpVision Apps compatible with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

On September 9, 2014, Apple released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. According to Apple™ press release, the two new devices are the biggest advancements in iPhone history, featuring two new models with stunning 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD...

Three new AlpVision partners serving Asia

AlpVision is proud to announce three new partnerships to help commercialize its anti-counterfeiting and product authentication solutions in the Asian markets. AlpVision will be working with swiss bridge consulting (Switzerland, Hong Kong, Vietnam), an independent company with a

Two market studies list AlpVision among leading anti-counterfeiting companies

At the beginning of 2014, visiongain published a new report on “Anti-counterfeit packaging technologies market forecast 2014-2024”. The report identifies trends and segments with high revenue potential, analyzes submarkets, and reviews solution and technology providers. AlpVision is extremely pleased to...

AlpVision solutions now run on Android Smartphones

AlpVision provides two covert authentication solutions. Although invisible to the naked eye, both solutions can be detected instantly using an iPhone running on our dedicated application. In 2001, we started offering product authentication using document scanners and PC software.

Meet us at AAPEX 2014, Las Vegas, November 3-6

AAPEX – Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo – is one of the largest automotive aftermarket products expos in the US. During the three days

New AlpVision Anti-Counterfeiting Blog

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Anti-Counterfeiting Blog, a space where AlpVision co-founders Fred Jordan and Martin Kutter will cover and share opinions about anti-counterfeiting and brand protection news. The blog, which can be found here,...

Multiple printers successfully complete Cryptoglyph printing qualification program

AlpVision is glad to welcome three more folding box and label suppliers among its qualified printers. Protecting printed packaging components with AlpVision Cryptoglyph technology is very easy and does not change the printing process.

iPhone based quality control tool

AlpVision has released the first version of a new system for quality control for the Cryptoglyph printed in varnish. The new tool enables a real-time and user-friendly assessment of the printing quality of AlpVision’s invisible marking flagship. The marking is...

Meet us at EastPack, New York, June 10-12, 2014

EastPack, the East Coast Packaging Industry Event, returns to New York on June 10-12, 2014. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet with Quincy Mattingly, regional manager, to get a first-hand demonstration of instant product authentication using an iPhone.

AlpVision hands-on lab at the Petroleum Packaging Council

AlpVision is glad to announce the first official authentication hands-on lab at one of our qualified printer partners exhibit during the Petroleum Packaging Council (PPC) Spring Meeting 2014 & Tradeshow, March 17th, in Tampa, Florida.

AlpVision at IP Protect Expo 2014, March 11-12 in London

AlpVision is set to participate for a third year in IP Protect Expo 2014 (, an annual networking space for the worldwide intellectual property and brand protection community, scheduled to take place March 11-12, 2014 at the Business Design Centre...

AlpVision Fingerprint compatible with iPhone macro lenses

The Fingerprint AlpVision technology enables to authenticate molded or die stamped parts using just an iPhone. This authentication solution covers for instance plastic parts obtained by injection molding like caps, circuit breakers, flip-off caps,

AlpVision Fingerprint characterized by Charmille Surface

AlpVision Fingerprint technology authenticates molded or stamped parts by automatically recognizing naturally occurring microscopic features found in a mold. Interesting and convenient, this solution allows brand owners and experts in the field to identify genuine from counterfeit products using an...

iPod Authentication? Yes, it Works!

Just a few months after the release of the first iPhone, Apple launched the iPod touch. Essentially, an iPod touch is an iPhone without phone capabilities that targets the gaming and music user segments. As AlpVision’s Cryptoglyph and Fingerprint technologies...

Mobile Solution deployed on US Pharmaceutical Products

AlpVision has just successfully completed implementing its Cryptoglyph authentication mobile solution for a large US based pharmaceutical company. Printing the Cryptoglyph did not alter in any way the printing process, which was printed in classic flexography using standard overprint varnish....

AlpVision to Exhibit at 2013 IACC Annual Fall Conference

Based on the success of the Spring conference, AlpVision will exhibit again at the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) 2013 Fall Annual Conference to be held on October 16-18 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. The...

MobileIron: A Secure Alternative to Deploying AlpVision™s Mobile Authentication Application

Because AlpVision™s brand protection and product authentication solutions are covert, AlpVision does not make its mobile authentication application available on the App Store. In addition, because each application is customized to meet brand owners™ unique authentication needs, customers prefer to...

AlpVision Mobile Application Now Authenticates Footwear

According to the National Chamber Foundation, the estimated annual industry loss due to footwear counterfeiting in the U.S. is $12 billion. To combat counterfeit shoes, AlpVision offers the footwear industry its patented Fingerprint technology, a breakthrough covert anti-counterfeit solution that...

AlpVision Featured in Labels & Labeling: Smart Technology

AlpVision is featured in the July issue of Labels & Labeling in an article entitled, Smart Fight Against Counterfeits by Carol Houghton. The piece discusses improvements made to AlpVision's iPhone application now capable

PPLC Spring 2013 Meeting at Amgen in Thousand Oaks, CA

AlpVision was recently invited to speak at the IoPP (Institute of Packaging Professionals) PPLC spring 2013 - Pharmaceutical Packaging & Labeling Committee - meeting at Amgen in Thousand Oaks, CA. Under the theme of Serialization & Anti-Counterfeiting, Quincy Mattingly, Regional...

AlpVision Marks World Anti-Counterfeiting Day 2013

Established in 1988 by the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG), World Anti-Counterfeiting Day gives us a chance to show you how you can help combat counterfeiting. Tips for Brand Owners AlpVision's product authentication and counterfeit protection solutions are developed with your...

The WCO announces that AlpVision is now IPM Connected

The World Customs Organization (WCO) was host to the 7th Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy, held in Istanbul, Turkey, from April 24-26. On this occasion, the WCO introduced the new mobile version of the Interface Public-Members (IPM),

AlpVision’s Mobile Authentication Solution Improved to Detect Standard Cryptoglyph-secured (dots) Packaging and Labeling

Offset printers, rejoice! Until now, AlpVision's iPhone authentication application detected varnish Cryptoglyph, a pseudo-random pattern of invisible micro-holes (40-80 microns)

Instant Brand Authentication at IP Protect Expo 2013

AlpVision participated for a second year in IP Protect Expo on February 5-6, 2013 in London, UK. Exhibiting in Stand #11, AlpVision showcased its iPhone authentication application,

AlpVision iPhone Authentication App Improved to Authenticate Vial Labels and Other Curved Surfaces

AlpVision has given its iPhone authentication app a welcomed update,

AlpVision in Anti-Counterfeiting Top 25

AlpVision is among Global Identification's Top 25 Suppliers of anti-counterfeiting & product security technologies!

New! AlpVision’s Authentication App Now Available on iPhone 5

A year ago, AlpVision released an iPhone 4/4S application capable of authenticating AlpVision's digital invisible anti-counterfeit technologies. AlpVision's mobile authentication solution applies to a wide range of items, including packaging, labeling and plastic molded parts. Today, AlpVision has successfully ported...

Janoschka Innovation Day for Brand Security Solutions

Dr. Fred Jordan, Co-founder and CEO of AlpVision, was invited to speak at Janoschka's Innovation Day for Brand Security Solutions on November 30, 2012, in Kippenheim, Germany. Janoschka is a global leader in prepress solutions.

AlpVision iPhone App Now Authenticates Blister Packs

In response to industry needs, AlpVision has adapted its iPhone authentication application to blister packs with cavities as small as 5 mm in diameter and covered with dense artwork. Combined with a readily available and inexpensive macro lens

AlpVision at Imaging Supplies Coalition Conference

AlpVision participated in the Imaging Supplies Coalition (ISC) 14th International Anti-Counterfeiting Conference held on August 19 through 21 in Las Vegas, NV. The conference was attended by approximately 75 industry specialists and coalition members, including Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, HP,...

AlpVision Releases ScanHelper, No Installation Required.

AlpVision, a world leader in digital solutions for product authentication, is releasing ScanHelper, a standalone Microsoft Windows computer program that allows brand owners to easily scan AlpVision-secured packaging and products using a

AlpVision Granted U.S. Patent for Means for Using Microstructure of Materials Surface as a Unique Identifier.”

The United States Patent and Trademark Office granted U.S. Patent No. 8,180,174, covering AlpVision's Fingerprint technology or the use of material or document microstructures for tracking, tampering and

AlpVision Marks World Anti-Counterfeiting Day 2012

Established in 1988 by the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG), World Anti-Counterfeiting Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the international costs of counterfeiting and piracy. On this day, AlpVision would like to call attention to the economic, social and,...

AlpVision Founders Published in Esteemed Scientific Publications.

Dr. Martin Kutter, President, and Dr. Fred Jordan, CEO, were recently published in two esteemed scientific publications. The first article titled Industry-suitable Technologies to Protect Pharma Products against Counterfeiting appeared in the March 2012 edition of the peer-reviewed International Pharmaceutical...

AlpVision and Nolato Medical Announce Joint Collaboration

Coined the crime of the 21st century counterfeiting of pharmaceutical products accounts for an estimated $600 billion in global trade. Among other preventive measures, packaging can play an important role in deterring copying, tampering or package pilferage. In response, AlpVision,...

Pro Carton Congress and Anti-Counterfeit Conference Wärzburg

Dr. Fred Jordan, Co-founder and CEO of AlpVision, recently presented Digital Solutions for Packaging Authentication at the International Pro Carton Congress in Duesseldorf, Germany, and Authenticating Medicines with an iPhone 4 App at the 3rd University of Waerzburg Anti-Counterfeit Conference...

Exhibition at Interphex 2012 in New York, USA.

AlpVision completed a successful three-day exhibition at Interphex 2012, from May 1-3, 2012, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Interphex is the leading trade event to create innovative solutions that improve manufacturing

Instant detection of Varnish Cryptoglyph with iPhone

AlpVision announces the launch of an iPhone 4 instant product authentication application capable of detecting its Varnish Cryptoglyph solution, an invisible marking

IP Protect Expo 2012 in London, UK.

AlpVision completed a successful two-day exhibition at IP Protect Expo, from March 28-29, 2012, at the Business Design Centre in London, UK. IP Protect Expo is the definitive intellectual property and brand protection trade exhibition by industry, for industry. AlpVision...

New premiere at AlpVision: an iPhone4 application for identification of counterfeited molded parts on-the-fly.

AlpVision has made a big step forward in providing mobility for on-the-fly Genuine or Fake verification of molded parts. This applies to many items, for example for Fast Moving Consumer Goods containers, which are present in millions of stores worldwide....

AlpVision, top finalist at the Swiss Technology Award 2011

According to INSEAD 2011 GII (Global Innovation Index), Switzerland is the most innovative country in the world. AlpVision is therefore especially proud to have been selected as a top 3 finalist from 70 innovative projects for the

GSS – Global Secure Summit in Prague, Czech Republic.

Brand security is a worldwide problem that is increasing and affecting many successful companies across all industries. Today, more than ever, companies need to combat security risks before it is too late.

Embedded QA”: a new Quality Assessment device for Cryptoglyph printers.”

This new device developed by AlpVision will provide packaging printers and converters with a portable Quality Control device with the goal of verifying the presence of the Cryptoglyph® invisible marking. The (rechargeable) battery powered system enables testing of offset plates...

Handbook of nutraceuticals Volume II – chap. 21 by AlpVision

Edited by Yashwant Pathak Ph.D., Chair and Professor at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, at the CRC Press, ISBN 9781439823682, Handbook of nutraceuticals Volume II (newly edited on May 16, 2011) describes various processes used in nutraceutical manufacturing. As for...

Big success for AlpVision at Interphex 2011 in New York, March 29-31.

Building on its North American presence through the recent opening of offices in the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago, AlpVision presented at Interphex 2011 its full range of digital on-packaging and on-dosage product authentication solutions.

Two more pharma manufacturers rely on AlpVision anti-counterfeiting solutions.

Two other main pharmaceutical producers of branded medicines have signed licenses for roll-out of AlpVision's covert digital solutions for product authentication. The worldwide deployment will take place in the course of 2011.

Debiopharm relies on AlpVision anti-counterfeiting technology

Debiopharm Group, a leader in the field of drug development and of innovative drug delivery processes, has decided to use an AlpVision digital solution for product authentication. This strategic decision will involve the setup and implementation of a tool to...