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Secure products using inherent features

: Blankenburg, M.; Horn, C.; Krüger, J.


Krüger, Jörg (Hrsg.); Nickolay, Bertram (Hrsg.); Gaycken, Sandro (Hrsg.):
The secure information society : Ethical, legal and political challenges
Guildford, Surrey: Springer London, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4471-4762-6 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-4471-4763-3 (Online)
ISBN: 1-4471-4762-6
Book Article
Fraunhofer IPK ()
counterfeit detection; pattern recognition; electronic nose; image processing

It is a fact that counterfeiting jeopardizes the success of companies all over the world through violating intellectual property rights and causing enormous economic damage. This is because the counterfeit itself is mostly sold at a much lower price than the brand product. Some reasons could be the lack of development costs, a poor and cheaper quality of used materials or production and lower costs for mass production. Therefore it has become necessary for companies to secure their brands against counterfeiting.
Existing technologies for automatic fraud detection include additional security mechanisms like Data Matrix Codes or RFIDs added to the brand product itself which raises again the costs of the product. This text shows a new approach to secure a brand product by detecting product inherent features gained through the production process and the used materials. Therefore this new approach does not need additional features, nullifying this costs.