Does The Recent Development Really Compromise Counterfeits?

imagesA recent technological development could mean the end of counterfeit money, pills, and accessories. Using an intricate pattern based on the structure of a Morpho butterfly’s wing, the innovation can print a visual image on nearly any material without the use of pigments or dyes. The nano-optics image would be impossible to reverse engineer without expensive equipment and practically impossible to counterfeit. We asked Zintro experts in currency technologies to discuss the potential of this development when it comes to battling the black market.

Larry F. Stewart specializes in anti-counterfeiting and forgery and was the Laboratory Director for the U.S. Secret Service: the premier agency for counterfeit detection and deterrence within the U.S. “Through my years as a Counterfeit Specialist I have personally been involved with and tested numerous new inventions purportedly designed to reduce or eliminate counterfeiting. Unfortunately, none of them have ever lived up to the claim of eliminating counterfeiting.”

Stewart cautions, “The mere limitation of needing ‘expensive equipment’ in order to beat the counterfeit deterrent method […] should prove to be simply an obstacle. If someone wants to counterfeit an item, and there is enough reason to find a way, even if that means using expensive equipment, my experience suggests they will. I would love the opportunity to evaluate the proposal and hope that their new product proves me wrong.”

According to Future-Trenz, a disruptive innovation and nanotechnology expert, “This development goes way beyond challenging currency counterfeiting, especially given that money is becoming ever more electronically based. The technology is useful across a huge spectrum of applications to do with brand protection, the effective protection of component assembly parts in mass production and drugs piracy, to name a few more possible areas. Future-Trenz asserts that “This development is part of a very large spectrum of advances we could see in nano-optics in coming decades,” and if we “Mix it in with new technologies such as graphene, for example, and the possible advances multiply even more significantly.”

By Gabriela Meller


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