In effort to thwart a trillion dollar global counterfeit problem, a Honolulu-based company has designed an security platform that could put edible barcodes on food and pharmaceuticals.
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The microtags developed by TruTag Technologies are made from silica - an ingredient already found in many foods, including sweetners - and are independent of packaging and labels and can be integrated directly into a product's infrastructure. About the size of a dust particle and smaller than the width of a human hair, the silica "TruTags" provide a vast library of unique codes, allowing for improved tracking and authentication of electronics, industrial parts and consumer goods. Each tag's coded, nano-scale pattern can be scanned using the company's proprietary instruments. These patterns are like ID numbers that can be associated with a variety of information, such as product strength, site of manufacture, expiration date and country of authorized sale.
TruTags' creators said in a press release their platform "will help prevent counterfeiting, enhance the safety and traceability of food and medicine, improve tracking and logistics, assure product quality and enable the Internet of Things."