28 August 2012
ADDISON, Texas–In many ways, it's hard to comprehend the impact of or even quantify counterfeiting. In the old days, it was all about currency and then counterfeiting spread to consumer goods and electronics. Today, its rough embrace has stretched to pharmaceuticals, not only a potentially profitable business for the black hats but life-threatening for unsuspecting consumers.
This is the street fight that Authentix finds itself in. Authentix–formed in 2003 from the merger of Isotag and Biocode–uses sophisticated electronics solutions for product authentication, product traceability and banknote authentication and fitness solutions.
For currency, for example, Authentix offers high-speed sensors for note checking and authentication. They offer markers for products and pharmaceuticals, tracking and monitoring solutions, and other technologies to help private companies and governments stay one step ahead of counterfeiters.
A lot of Authentix's technology is proprietary for obvious reasons. But we had a chance to sit with members of the engineering team to talk about how they approach designing these solutions and whether it's a COTS solution for them or a much more involved ASIC-SoC approach.