ICAT launches certification with high security features
India: International Centre for Automotive Technology   (ICAT) launched certification with high security features this week to prevent the use of forged certificates . This is a first of its kind initiative taken by any automotive certification agency in India for enhancing the security of the  CMVR certificates which includes  Type Approval Certificates  (TAC) and Conformity of Production (COP) Certificates for vehicles, engines and components, ICAT said in a release. The new ICAT certificate format consists of nine new and unique security features incorporated in the certificate. The most important security feature is the paper itself on which the certificate is to be printed as it is a special paper which is made especially according to ICAT’s specific requirements.
Mahindra Agri to do a blockchain shake-up for grape exports
To increase transparency of the supply chain and the overall brand image of Indian grape exports, Mahindra Agri Solutions is introducing blockchain technology in its grape exports business . “We are the first company in the world to introduce blockchain technology for grapes. This will enable the consumer to be assured that what they are consuming is safe,” Ashok Sharma, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd, told BusinessLine. Sharma believes that this adoption will be quite disruptive and it will help change the perception of Indian origin fruit or food, adding that that there are very few use cases in India on blockchain technology. .
Saffron sold in India adulterated as govt has no policy to check quality
Quality of saffron in India has come under the scanner with a recent study pointing out that the commodity sold in India failed to meet any quality parameters of Grades-I and II, and about half the samples drawn for testing were adulterated. The study, conducted by a team led by Gulab Khedkar, professor, molecular biology; director, Paul Hebert Centre for DNA Barcoding and Biodiversity Studies, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, questioned as to how a commodity that is premium and scarce in production, is widely used in the country. He drew attention to the fact, “India has no policy to check the quality. Surprisingly, all the products are marked under the standard laid down by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), which states that the product is safe to consume.” Meanwhile another study, which was conducted by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Government of India, presented contrasting viewpoints. This second study proved that none of its 36 saffron samples collected for testing from 17 locations were sub-standard or adulterated. However, the ministry declined to comment on the same.
CTI Launches Inks to Reduce Product Tampering, Counterfeiting
Chromatic Technologies Inc. invented a dual-indicator to detect product tampering from extreme heat and extreme cold . CTI’s BlindSpotz “Tamper Freeze” and “Tamper Heat” inks show color and messaging when a package has been altered. An example would be by a heat gun to melt the glue on packaging tape. The “Tamper Heat and Tamper Freeze” ink technologies from CTI are designed to protect documents, seals, tape, labels or various packaging substrates. “Tamper Freeze” inks turn from clear to blue when exposed to temperatures below -10° C (14° F) while “Tamper Heat” turns from gray to orange (or gray to pink) if exposed to heat greater than 65° C (149° F).
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Latest issue of The Authentication Times is out now
The latest issue of THE AUTHENTICATION TIMES out now dedicated to importance of design in authentication industry.
Designing a consumer product, with a specific set of functions (authentication) to perform is very challenging, especially when it comes to banknotes, product authentication and brand protection, the consumer experience is everything. In an era of consumer empowerment, the importance of design have increase manifold. While designing any banknote, selection of security features also play an important role. The issue also addressed the usage of Holograms, optically variable devices (OVDs), diffractive optically variable devices (DOVDs), diffractive foil features (DFF) or diffractive optically variable image devices (DOVIDs) as important security features on banknotes. For more click here
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