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NFC technology and holograms may soon secure government IDs

Near field communication could play a role in reducing the effectiveness of falsified visas and passports.

A new partnership may soon mean that a combination of hologram and NFC technology could fight counterfeit government documents. The companies involved are Thinfilm, a printed electronics firm, and Holoptica, an authentication solutions provider.

The end product could potentially be a holographic NFC tagged chip used as an anti-counterfeiting solution.

This use of NFC technology in combination with holograms could create a government document that can’t be forged. Moreover, it could also be possible to invalidate a legitimate document in the case of theft.

NFC Technology - NFC TagThe SpeedTap tag is produced by Thinfilm. It includes an NFC chip that would make it possible for consumers and government officials to connect to the certified digital replica of a document. This way, a single tap of an NFC-enabled smartphone could be all that is required to verify a document’s authenticity.

If this use of holograms and NFC technology works, it could save over $10 billion (US) each year.

The black market costs an estimated US$10 billion in forged and counterfeit passports, work permits and visas every year. Near field communication chips worked into these documents could mean that fraud would be much closer to being eliminated.

According to the Holoptica CEO, George Perkous, “Combining Thinfilm’s SpeedTap tags with Holoptica’s high-security SmartMark hologram creates a highly effective yet economical solution in the fight against counterfeiters.” He went on to say that the company is looking forward to seeing the outcome of the role played by the NFC tags in boosting document security on a global scale.

Thinfilm CEO Davor Sutija explained that “Document fraud costs governments and businesses billions of dollars each year and directly contributes to the growth of global terrorist activity.” He expressed that his company is glad to be working on the NFC technology and hologram solution as a part of a meaningful anti-counterfeiting strategy.

Sutija feels that this effort will contribute to making the world a safer place for everyone. It will help to minimize the risk of counterfeiting among important government documents in countries worldwide.

NFC technology and barcode labels are central to internet of things collaboration

Thinfilm and Evrythng have now come together for companies to be able to use this tech.

Thinfilm and Evrythng have now announced that they have enter into an agreement that will make it simpler for companies to be able to use the NFC technology sensor and barcode labels on their products so that they will be able to achieve better data flow management from the labeled items.

This involves the use of Thinfilm’s labels in combination with the Evrythng identity management platform.

Evrythng is a startup from the United Kingdom that is backed by Cisco, despite its awkward name. It seeks to be able to provide the layer for identity management over the internet of things. That business has now agreed to a partnership with Thinfilm, which is a printed NFC technology electronics company based in Norway.

This can bring together powerful identification with wireless labeling based on NFC technology and barcodes.

NFC Technology - partnershipThinfilm has made a name for itself by manufacturing smart labels that contain various types of sensors and displays, as well as near field communication capabilities. These can be added to virtually any kind of product, including everything from clothing to food packaging. By joining that type of wireless labeling with Evrythng, the labeled items will be able to have their “identities” managed by the companies through the use of the Evrythng platform.

Niall Murphy, the head of Evrythng, by adding printed electronics capabilities, it allows companies to be able to fix the scalability and cost issues that are linked to connecting objects to the world wide web in order to achieve tracking and interaction abilities. Flexible and printed electronics are on their way in a considerable wave for enhancing connectivity and to allow companies and consumers to benefit from a range of additional uses through a method that is inexpensive and increasingly simple to manufacture.

This also means that through the use of barcodes and NFC technology, individuals will be able to use their smartphones in order to read the labels so that they can be connected to the features on the Evrythng cloud platform, allowing for everything from product tracking to helping to overcome counterfeiting.