New tech to make currencies fake-proof

Non-cloneable ID tag to be used as security apparatus at CWG

The non-cloneable identification technology is also making steady inroads into the pharmaceutical industry, which is looking for ways to come out of the fake drug menace. The technology, developed by Pune-based Bilcare Technology, could be a big thing in the world market, felt Sam Pitroda, adviser to the prime minister.

The technology revolves around a material-based fingerprint, unique for each product. Since it is “prohibitively expensive” to copy fingerprint, for all practical purposes, the technology provides foolproof security. There is a specific reader that can be connected to a cell phone or computer to read and authenticate the tags within seconds.

Product security can be further enhanced if the non-clonable ID tag can be used together with a bar code. While the company targets pharmaceutical industry and governments as its primary customers, it has found a ready taker in Delhi Police, which plan to make identity cards more secure before the Commonwealth Games.

“Bilcare is providing 70,000 non-clonable ID cards for Delhi Police before the Games,” Praful Naik, chief scientific officer of Bilcare Technology, told Deccan Herald. The cards will have biometric features and options like putting the duty roaster on them on a daily-basis. It can assist the officers to find out if the policemen are doing their duties at the right place. The company is also talking to Reserve Bank of India as well as three other nations to try out the technology in currency notes so as to make them fake-proof.
Non-cloneable technology first came to the limelight following 26/11 when the then science and technology minister Kapil Sibal ordered a review of all security technologies in India.

“Since product with this ID tag cannot corrupted, it has utility in ensuring procurement of proper drugs, equipment and accessories in hospitals,” said R Chidambaram, principal scientific adviser to the Cabinet. “Preventing counterfeit drugs to enter the market can take care of drug resistance for many diseases like malaria and TB,” said Samir Brahmachari, director-general of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.
Pitroda, however, said since it was a disruptive technology, the firm would take time to execute it on a wider scale.


The top portion is standard bar code while the lower part with bubbles is the non-cloanable tags.

* The non-cloneable identification technology may help to make currency notes fake-proof.
* It is also making inroads into pharma sector to check fake drug menace.
* The tech revolves around a material-based fingerprint, unique for each product.
* Product security can be
further enhanced if the non-cloneable ID tag can be used together with a bar code.

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