Covert authentication technologies contain hidden features which can only be detected with commercially available microscopes or specialized readers. These sophisticated technologies can either be incorporated into overt authentication solutions or can function on a stand-alone basis to protect against counterfeiting and diversion. Current technology features a broad spectrum of covert authentication solutions that varies from machine readable technology, micro-text, nano-text, imbedded images in holographic images, and a mix of machine readable technology and holographic imagery. Furthermore, JDSU can provide covert and forensic authentication technology with unique UV/IR materials, markers, and taggants built into other overt features.
Charms™ taggants covertly incorporate customized logos and other markers within a product that are easily identified using a low-cost, portable microscope. Unique UV/IR materials deliver a particular signal when activated by a reader. Depending on the particular objectives of the customer—are items being validated rapidly on a production line or individually in a lab? is cost the driving factor or is the highest level of security of utmost concern? should the unique technology lie in the reader or in the material/device being read?—JDSU is in a position to deliver the optimal features that can be easily incorporated with other technologies to provide a multi-layer authentication solution for the customer.